If you would like 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 below.
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 expand membership on the board of directors and 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 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 necessities 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 Shelter Program
CARITAS Shelter is an ecumenical effort providing shelter to the homeless. Epiphany hosts CARITAS in January and July. Volunteer needs include night supervisor, food/snack preparation, food donation, set-up/clean-up and fellowship. Check the bulletin for sign-up dates. New facilities will open soon. 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. Visit cchasm.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 four parties a year at the Gateway campus. Visit 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 construction and providing lunches for workers. Visit habitatpowhatan.org for more information.
Housing Families First
Housing Families First provides shelter and support to families with children facing a housing crisis. Ministry members prepare and serve dinners at the shelter on the First Wednesday of each month. In addition, clients receive Christmas gifts during a party hosted at the shelter. Help is needed for the dinners and hosting the Christmas party. Visit housingfamiliesfirst.org for more information.
Housing Services at 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. Volunteers are needed to assist in the food pantry and to triage phone calls for assistance. Visit cccofva.org for more information.
Saint Teresa Ministry
St. Teresa Learning Center 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 Center. Mission trips in August. Follow Kassunga Mission Initiative, KMI, on Facebook or at kassungamission.org.
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, wheel chairs, rollators, canes, shower chairs and benches, and bedside potty chairs (with bucket).
Rise Against Hunger
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. A meal-packaging event will be held at Epiphany in March. Visit riseagainsthunger.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. For more information, visit saintfrancishome.com.
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 meals from a prescribed menu and drivers to deliver the meals.
This parish ministry collects food and special needs requests in the Commons, throughout each month. Donations are distributed to area organizations and schools and some donations support our own Epiphany food pantry. Volunteers are needed to sort 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, Re-entry, Epiphany provides assistance to offenders, their families, and/or children, through our Gifts from the Manger, 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 prayer services for incarcerated men each Tuesday. Participants are needed for each ministry.
Warm 4 Neighbors (W4N)
"He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none.” (Luke 3:11) New or nicely used items, coats, scarves, hoodies, hats, gloves, sweatshirts and jackets will be collected from October 10 until November 10 for our neighbors at Sacred Heart Center, Shepherd’s Way Relief Center and other area ministries. To respect the dignity of each recipient, all items must be clean, in good condition and be a suitable gift for your best friend. Volunteers are needed to help sort, pack and deliver these items to these facilities.