Thank you for visiting this website. For information about any of the Human Concerns Ministries, contact Laurie Weeda, Human Concerns Coordinator, 794-0222, ext. 16, or fill out the Human Concerns Ministry Interest Form.
Mission of Human Concerns
“We resolve to…INCREASE awareness among community members of the need to respond generously to any of God’s people who are suffering, whether it be from physical or emotional illness, deprivation of basic needs, loss of dignity, or separation from meaningful relationships.”
Bainbridge Community Ministry
Bainbridge Community Ministry is an ecumenical ministry founded to assist the working poor in the Richmond area. Emergency food and other resources are provided. Groceries are donated to the Bainbridge food pantry four times per year and clients receive Gifts from the Manger at Christmas. The ministry is seeking to increase the number of volunteers to help at the food pantry.
Bless the Children
Bless the Children provides material relief, financial aid and medical assistance to handicapped, orphaned and impoverished children in third-world countries. Alternative gift-giving cards at Christmas are available to benefit the needs of children. Visit http://blessthechildreninc.org/ for more information.
CARITAS Furniture Bank
CARITAS Furniture Bank is a regional warehouse for donated furniture and household items, to assist those moving from transitional housing into a permanent home. Volunteer to be a personal shopper, donation sorter or furniture fixer. Pots, pans, dishes, tableware, lamps and other household essentials are always needed for the 25 individuals and families that receive assistance each week. Do you have furniture to donate? Visit caritasva.org for more information.
CARITAS Meals Program
The CARITAS Center is now housed in a new facility that brings all the solutions for breaking the cycles of homelessness and substance use under one roof. Epiphany currently supports the Center by providing meals, one day per month, to the men and women housed at the Healing Place. Watch the bulletin for opportunities to provide items for the monthly meal. Visit caritasva.org for more information.
CCHASM Thanksgiving Meals
Chesterfield Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry provides many services to people in need throughout the year. The Thanksgiving meal program assists over 3,000 families with everything needed for a traditional meal. Opportunities to donate and deliver food items for this event occur in October/November. Visit https://www.cchasm.org for more information.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities CCC
Commonwealth Catholic Charities, CCC, provides professional financial & housing counseling to support clients in their efforts to build assets and reach financial stability. The Dibert Food Pantry at CCC receives food donations from Epiphany four times per year. Other CCC projects, like Easter baskets and school supplies. are also supported during the year. Volunteers are needed to assist in the food pantry. Visit https://www.cccofva.org for more information.
Fair Trade is a ministry of awareness and support for fairly traded goods, including coffee, tea, and chocolate. Items are offered for sale in the Commons on the first full weekend of each month. Also, handcrafted items from around the world are offered for sale during our Fair-Trade Bazaar, in November. If you would like to be part of the team that prepares for the Bazaar or for weekend coffee sales, please join us. There are no meetings to attend and the time commitment is limited. If you have a few minutes to spare before and after Mass, once a month, then this ministry may be for you. To learn more, visit serrv.org or Equal Exchange.
Gateway Homes is a residential facility in Chesterfield County offering supportive services for adults suffering from chronic mental illness. Ministry members host three parties a year at the Gateway campus. Visit http://gatewayhomes.org for more information.
Gifts from the Manger
In partnership with local organizations, parishioners provide Christmas gifts to families in need. Planning begins in October. Planners, table-staffers before/after Mass, gift-givers, gift sorters and delivery drivers are needed.
Habitat for Humanity
Epiphany is part of Bon Air Friends, an ecumenical group of religious congregations organized to build homes for low-income families under the guidance of Powhatan Habitat. Volunteer opportunities include working on a new home or providing maintenance on older homes. Visit https://habitatpowhatan.org for more information.
The Virginia Catholic Conference is a Diocesan effort to provide information and advocacy on social justice issues. Signup to receive email alerts about pending legislation, to learn the church’s position, and then to discern how you will respond to your elected officials. Make your voice heard. Additional information is available at vacatholic.org and usccb.org.
Gently used durable medical equipment is “recycled” through this ministry. If you have items to donate or if you need any items, please contact the church office. The following items may be available: hemi walkers, knee walkers, wheelchairs, rollators, canes, shower chairs and benches, and bedside potty chairs. Some items are offered to others through organizations such as F.R.E.E., The Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment, or Bon Secours. Please contact us to donate items or to request items.
This parish ministry collects food and special requests in the Commons, throughout each month. Donations are distributed to area organizations. Volunteers are needed to sort, inventory, and deliver the donations once a month.
Prison Ministry: OAR, KAIROS, State Farm Correctional Facility
There are three different ways to participate in prison ministry at Epiphany. Working with OAR, Opportunity, Alliance, Restoration, Epiphany aids offenders, their families, and/or children, through our Gifts from the Manger program at Christmas. KAIROS Prison Ministry is an ecumenical retreat ministry for incarcerated men. 100s of dozens of homemade cookies are needed for two retreats each year. State Farm Prison Ministry members lead Communion prayer services for incarcerated men each Tuesday. Participants are needed for each ministry.
Rise Against Hunger RAH
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. Volunteer opportunities are available at the RAH warehouse. Look for a meal-packaging at Epiphany in March or April. Visit www.riseagainsthunger.org for more information.
Sacred Heart Center SHC
Sacred Heart Center, a hub for the Latino community, located in the Bainbridge area. Educational and support programs of all types serve men, women, and children of all ages. SHC receives food donations from Epiphany four times per year. In addition, Epiphany supports other outreach projects as requested by SHC. Visit shcrichmond.org for more information.
Saint Francis Home
This facility is an adult home in the Bainbridge area that serves low-income elderly and disabled residents. In addition, several “private-pay” rooms are available at a rate that is often much lower than other comparable facilities. Volunteers offer friendship and activities such as monthly birthday parties. Items from a specific list, in the Commons, are also collected for the residents and delivered weekly. For more information, visit saintfrancishome.com.
Saint Teresa Ministry
St. Teresa Learning Centre was started with the help of the parents, teachers and children from Kassunga, Uganda to provide quality integral education to local children. We strive to build a firm foundation for the successful future of the child who attends St. Teresa Learning Centre. Mission trips usually occur in August. Follow Kassunga Mission Initiative, KMI, on Facebook or at kassungamission.org.
Salvation Army Meals Program
Epiphany provides home-cooked meals and drivers to transport food to the homeless feeding site five days per month. Needs are for cooks to prepare a meal one time per month, from a prescribed menu, and drivers to deliver the meals.
There are many ways to serve. Suggestions of new projects and events are always considered when opportunities arise. Some previous activities include Tuesday Conversations (dinner speakers to raise awareness about timely topics), Book Discussion Groups (Racial Justice and the Catholic Church), Dinner and Movie Discussion Nights (Just Mercy), field trips (Black History Museum), Leap Year Party, Let’s Have Lunch Together (Tuesday at noon), and gifts of appreciation (St. Francis Hospital care packages for hospital staff during COVID). Do you have an idea? Please share it with the staff person and let’s try to make it happen!