OUR MISSION PARTNERS:
Agape Community Center’s mission is to help neighborhoods build communities. The Center offers programs and facilitates community organizing for the residents of the Bolton Community. Agape’s current programs include after-school and summer enrichment programs for youth, a day program for senior citizens and disabled adults, English as a second language classes (ESL), Mami Y Yo classes, counseling services for youth participants and their families, a support group for parents, and a mentoring institute to assist high school juniors and seniors. St. Anne’s parishioners participate in the annual Christmas Giving Tree and tutor about 50 children in the Parish Hall on Mondays during the school year. Contact: Mimi Baird and Ruthanna Bost. Click here to visit the website.
Ahli Arab Hospital is one of the Diocese of Jerusalem’s oldest institutions located in Gaza. It serves the predominantly Muslim population in Gaza where about 80 percent of the 1.5 million residents are living below the World Health Organization poverty line. It offers a mission of love to eliminate suffering of thousands in need of medical care, food and clothing. Our contributions helped to purchase some key pieces of medical equipment and support the emergency room. Information can be found at www.afedj.org.
Buckhead Christian Ministry is a faith based, non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to individuals and families of all backgrounds and faiths, treating everyone who comes to their door with dignity and compassion. BCM provides food and clothing, and assists with rent and utilities for families who are experiencing short-term financial crisis. BCM also provides longer-term assistance for working parents and their children through two programs: The 70/30 Project and Transitional Housing. BCM operates a Food Pantry, a Thrift Store (Buckhead Thriftique on Piedmont Rd), the Joyous Toys holiday program, and much more. Click here to visit the website.
Camp Mikell is a ministry of the Diocese of Atlanta, open year round, and provides an inclusive environment for a faith based summer camp for children and youth, as well as conferences, private retreats, reunions, planning, study, and adventure. The Blue Ridge Outdoor Education Center has offered hands-on environmental education for school classes, church groups and others. Mikell’s forests and wetlands provide a natural setting for this program. Mikell’s Adventure Programs include the Team-building Course, High Ropes Course, Climbing Tower, and White Water Rafting. These adventures are perfect for youth or school groups, corporations, scouts, and any other groups interested in challenging themselves physically, emotionally and mentally. St. Anne’s contributes to the Mikell Scholarship Fund to assist those who cannot afford to attend Camp Mikell and to the Operations Fund to help maintain the buildings and equipment and buy much needed supplies. Click here for the website.
Church of the Common Ground is a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta that provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta’s un-housed men and women through weekly outdoor worship services, Morning Prayer services, Bible studies, and foot clinics. These ministries provide community, inspiration and healing and help to re-establish connection, trust, and faith which empowers and transforms individuals and promotes healing and wholeness. Saint Anne’s parishioners regularly participate in this unique ministry. https://www.churchofthecommonground.org/ For more details and to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084fa8a623a75-church7
Clifton Sanctuary Ministries is Atlanta’s first church-based homeless shelter. It provides food and shelter for homeless men whose varying problems include addictions, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS. Through intensive counseling and a mandatory savings program, the participants gain the skills and resources they will need to be functional on their own. Clifton is a sanctuary to men seeking to overcome homelessness. For 30 years the doors of Clifton have offered a place of physical and spiritual rest, shelter, healing, and support to these men. Clifton provides nutritious evening meals, clean clothes, showers, and sanctuary. Click here to access their website for more information.
Emmaus House is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Grounded in Episcopal tradition, Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with our neighbors of Peoplestown. Here are a few of the many programs offered, Sunday morning chapel services, counseling and health-care services, elder day care called the Senior Strollers, a Saturday Arts Program for children, community meeting space, a once-a-month shuttle bus to Reidsville State Penitentiary for friends and family members of inmates, and civil and poverty rights advocacy, a Summer Program serving 125 children in grades K through 5 for seven weeks, which ends with a four night visit to Camp Mikell in north Georgia. http://emmaushouse.org/
Episcopal Charities Foundation supports the work of ministries concerned from infants to older adults. Thousands of lives have been touched and positively changed through the loving influence of those empowered by ECF in food pantries and family shelters, in AIDS groups and prison cells, in job centers and health clinics. The Diocese’s operating budget provides the staff for ECF and nearly all its overhead so monies given go directly to those in need. https://ecf.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Episcopal_Charities_Foundation_1.asp
Family Promise is a non-profit organization that helps homeless families become independent by providing them with shelter, meals, and support. We are excited about the opportunity to serve families in transition during a given week during the summer. One or more families will live at St. Dunstan’s for the week. We are always looking for volunteers to donate supplies, serve as overnight hosts, help setup/cleanup, and share dinner with the families. Children are welcome to participate in our volunteer effort! Check out the Family Promise website at http://www.familypromise.org. If you are interested, feel free to email Leah Tennille or call Leah at 859/229-7645, Gini Cobb or Emily Avant.
Habitat for Humanity – St. Anne’s has participated in Habitat since 1983 as a Christian mission to provide affordable house ownership for the working poor who meet Habitat financial requirements, and could not own a home without this help. Our participation provides parishioners a truly unique opportunity to work side by side and get to know members of St. Anne’s parish along members of other parishes, leaving the build site at the end of the day with a tangible feeling of accomplishment knowing you have helped a family achieve the dream of home ownership. Contact Harrison Roberts
Holy Comforter is a mission church of the Episcopal Diocese. Holy Comforter serves the poor and mentally ill of the area by providing Sunday and Wednesday worship, in addition to day programs on Tuesday and Thursday for more than 125 people. Volunteers prepare and serve six or more meals per week. Volunteers staff a clothes closet, and showers and hygiene products are provided. Art and gardening projects bind people in community and provide opportunity for healthy creativity. Individual donors provide funding and staff for educational and social field trips to area destinations. https://holycomforter.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/About_Us.asp
Hospital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) is a model for health care facilities in developing countries around the world. An integrated rural health system, HAS provides medical care and community health and development programs—digging wells, helping to reforest, creating micro-enterprise opportunities for women, and teaching literacy. More information can be found at www.hashaiti.org
Kids4Peace – Twelve kids from the Atlanta Chapter of Kids4Peace and 12 Jewish, Christian and Muslim kids from the Jerusalem Chapter attend Junior Camp at Camp Mikell where they engage in interfaith activities and are integrated into the regular camp session. The latter part of the 2 weeks are spent in Atlanta where they reflect on the connection between the situation in their homeland and Gandhi and King’s commitment to non-violence. http://www.k4p.org/atlanta/
Life Span resources provide programs for senior citizens, without any fees. The organization provides:
Medical escort transportation: volunteers provide seniors rides to medical appointments.
Faith in action: volunteers provide support to isolated seniors.
Lunch and learn: luncheon and classes on each Thursday in local churches.
A “Day Club”: provides activities for frail elderly at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Mondays and Wednesdays.
For more information, please visit http://www.lifespanseniorresources.com/index.php
Mtoto Africa is a 501(c)3 focused on strengthening communities through educating children. By removing barriers such as lack of food, poor health, safety, trained teachers and a better learning environment, many young Kenyans will have a chance at a more independent and sustainable future. http://www.mtotoafrica.org/
Northside Shepherd’s Center is the only faith-based senior center serving low-income older adults in midtown and downtown Atlanta for the past 30 years. Although the county provides food and transportation, all other costs come from donations from churches and individuals. The Northside Shepherd’s Center is now a division of Senior Citizens Services of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides meals on wheels, home repair, and respite care for dementia patients.
Northwest Perry Homes Cluster – Since its inception in 1981 the mission has been simple: to do what needs doing. We support the needs of the community with money, but we also help brainstorm to show active, caring support to address issues of concern. An ongoing concern is keeping a library open and accessible in this neighborhood. The benefits of having a library within walking distance to many residents has been an important anchor for the community – providing a safe haven and a gathering place with access to computers. The library also offers reading groups at all levels, summer programs, holiday celebrations and classes for resume writing, hygiene, nutrition and dress-for-success.
Open Door Community is a residential community that serves the poor and homeless and also ministers to the imprisoned. For over 25 years, the residents of The Open Door and many volunteers have provided food, shelter, clothing, and other supportive services to this needy population. http://opendoorcommunity.org/
Tanzania – The Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Central Tanganyika have a strong informal relationship that sprang from a deep friendship between Bishop Alexander and Bishop Mhogolo that began with the McCann’s assignment to DCT in 2004. Since that time Atlanta churches and individuals have become involved in numerous ways from sending books, clothing, health supplies and a minibus to sending teachers and students to work in the diocese in various capacities.