Community Service

Identifying the community and its needs.
Serving the hungry, the homeless, the naked, the imprisoned - locally, internationally.
Visiting the sick, the shut-ins.

A Work Week in Louisiana: An Outreach Experience

Volume III - 2009

“Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina pour through a levee along New Orleans Inner Harbor on Aug. 30, 2005.” (Photo by Vincent Laforet / Pool via AP)Most anyone will tell you life is a series of peaks and valleys. I was in a small valley when I received the...

Our Parish Youth at Project Mexico

Volume III - 2009

The week of June 20, 2008 a group from Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church, Stroudsburg, PA met up with other Orthodox parish groups from around the US in Tijuana, Mexico. We spent the week at St. Innocent Ranch, an orphanage for boys. It works in partnership with...

Reaching Out: Prison Ministry In The Parish

Volume III - 2006

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who...

The Poor - Our Masters

Volume III - 2004

St. John the Compassionate Mission, 155 Broadview Ave., Toronto, CanadaIn January 1987, with no first and last rent money; no down payment to turn on the water or electricity; one old table and a few chairs; an icon, a Bible, and a used Horologion, St. John the...

St. Michael’s Food Distribution Program

Volume III - 2003

Elevation of the Holy Cross Parish, Sacramento, CA For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink: I was a stranger and you took Me in: (Matthew 25:17) This is a love story, not only between two people,...

Offering Hope Through A Literacy Program

Volume III - 2002

Wheaton, Illinois is a Civil War-era city that today serves as a the capital of DuPage County, home to Chicago’s sprawling far-western exburbs. When Saint Joseph Orthodox Christian Church was established in neighboring Naperville in 1989—the county was home to endless subdivisions and strip...

Raphael House of San Francisco

Volume III - 2002

A Shelter for Homeless Families More than 30 years ago, long before homelessness was a national issue, Raphael House began serving women and children who were temporarily homeless. In 1977, we expanded our facilities so we could host intact families with fathers as well. Raphael House was...

Ministering To Residents Of An Adult Foster Care Home

Volume III - 2001

Good Samaritan Ministry Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Livonia, MI was founded in 1988. As a new parish of the OCA, we knew that our task was to “bring the Kingdom of God to all people.” In our organizational meetings, we recalled that those who came...

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