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.


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…

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…

Providing Disaster Relief With Gift Of The Heart Kits

Volume III - 2001

Revised 2014 Gift of the Heart Kits assembly line at St. Luke-McLean, VA

In March of 2000, the Orthodox Church in America Office of Humanitarian Aid invited parishes and individuals to participate in an outreach…

St. Matthew House

Volume III - 2000

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”┬ŚMatthew 25:35

The story of St. Matthew House, Columbia, Maryland

On a bright, sunlit Sunday, April 25, 1999, His Beatitude, the Most Blessed THEODOSIUS, Archbishop of…

Some words about the Cross of Christ in our lives

Volume II - 1999

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of…

IOCC: Setting Up A Metropolitan Area Committee

Volume II - 1999

YES! We are interested in the philanthropic work of International Orthodox Christian Charities. However, we are in need of some background, operational and practical information.

HISTORY: Since its inception in…

A Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach

Volume II - 1998

The year 1997 marked the 5th anniversary of our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach, held at our parish, Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Livonia, MI. The idea to hold this annual dinner as a parish event was…

Outreach To Street Kids

Volume II - 1997

Portland, Oregon, is one of the places in the country which attracts lots of young people who live on the streets. Some come from families who live in the area. Most come from far way. This is an odd phenomenon…

Working In A Russian Soup Kitchen

Volume II - 1995

At lunch time, during the summer of 1992, I frequently joined other volunteers at the Lubyianskaya Boulevard Soup Kitchen to help feed indigent Russians. Essentially, we served free meals to retired, disabled and…

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