Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others through outreach ministry, especially in CrossRoads to Hope Shelter for Women and Children, Episcopal Relief and Development, Habitat for Humanity, the Help Office of Owensboro, Hospice of Western Kentucky, the Loads of Love Laundry Project, Matthew 25 AIDS Services, the Oasis Women’s Shelter, Saint Benedict’s Emergency Shelter for Men, and World Vision.
Trinity Church has a heart for outreach at home and abroad. We support organizations that help to make our world a better place to live and help those in need. Our parishioners support these groups by making monetary donations and participating in hands-on volunteer opportunities. Below is a list of the organizations we have supported.
CROSSROADS TO HOPE SHELTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Crossroads is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 to create an interdependent network of individuals and organizations working together to combat poverty and homelessness in Daviess County, Kentucky. We were originally located in the basement of New Life Church, where we operated a soup kitchen and other programs to feed the hungry. We moved to 1631 Breckenridge Street in April 2014. Our new facility allows expansion of services to the poor and provides the necessary space to move forward with the next phase of our vision ~ opening a Community Day Center for the homeless and a walk-in overnight emergency shelter for women. Our mission is to alleviate the symptoms of poverty, while providing common ground where the growth and development of hope is fostered through community service. We believe that when we interact with one another, we are all changed; socioeconomic, theological and cultural differences fade away, opening the door to a more just world.
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
Episcopal Relief & Development’s mission is to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being. Originally called the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief (the PB Fund), the organization was established in 1940 by The Episcopal Church. Its initial mission was to assist refugees fleeing Europe during World War II. Soon after the war, the agency’s efforts expanded to include additional humanitarian assistance, focusing mostly on disaster relief. During the 1960s and 1970s, there was a growing awareness in the US of the challenges facing people worldwide, such as hunger, disease and disasters. With increased funding, the PB Fund took efforts to the next level by increasing its operational capacity and expanding programming to incorporate sustainable development. In the 1980s, major fundraising initiatives supported responses to famine in Ethiopia, an earthquake in Mexico and a volcano eruption in Colombia. In 1988, Episcopal Migration Ministries was formed, founded out of the PB Fund to meet the growing needs of refugee ministries, allowing the Fund to focus on long-term development work. After Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the PB Fund undertook innovative disaster relief work in Honduras that focused on integrated community development. In 2000, the PB Fund was renamed Episcopal Relief & Development to emphasize its disaster relief work and its increased programmatic focus on integrated community development. Two years later, Episcopal Relief & Development was incorporated as an independent, 501(c)(3) organization. In 2003, the Board of Directors decided to shift from administering small grants for domestic and overseas projects to implementing long-term development programs and partnerships worldwide. In 2012, Episcopal Relief & Development began incorporating the Asset-Based Community Development approach into all of its work. The organization has also realigned and expanded its program focus areas to address cross-cutting themes such as gender equality, micro-finance, disaster risk reduction and climate change. At the end of 2016, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan that affirms and expands the organization’s programs in three key areas: Early Childhood Development, Combatting Gender-Based Violence and Resilience & Climate Change.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
The idea that became Habitat for Humanity first grew from the fertile soil of Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. On the farm, Jordan and Habitat’s eventual founders Millard and Linda Fuller developed the concept of “partnership housing.” The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create “The Fund for Humanity,” which would then be used to build more homes. Beau and Emma were the owners of the first home built by Koinonia’s Partnership Housing Program. They and their five children moved into a concrete-block home with a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system, replacing the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived. In 1973, the Fullers decided to take the Fund for Humanity concept to Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program there, the Fullers then returned to the United States and called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream: Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976. Thanks in no small part to the personal involvement of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn and the awareness they have raised, Habitat now works in communities across the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries and has helped millions of people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
THE HELP OFFICE OF OWENSBORO
The Help Office of Owensboro, Inc. is a Christian organization founded by a group of churches, lay people, and clergy in 1972. Our mission is to assist the least fortunate of our community with food, clothing and emergency assistance in a meaningful and compassionate way. Over 100 volunteers give their time on a weekly basis to serve as interviewers, work in the clothing closets and to assist in our Food Pantry. In 2016, the Help Office Owensboro, INC. served over 6,800 clients and distributed over 81,000 meals to adults and families. Financial support is provided through donations from churches, businesses, organizations, individuals and foundations. Emergency assistance provided includes food, cothing and shoes, utilities, rent, transportation, gasoline, prescription assistance (non-narcotic), eyeglass referrals (Lions Club), dental referrals, temporary employee eeferrals, and any type of household items.
HOSPICE OF WESTERN KENTUCKY
Hospice of Western Kentucky is a non-profit, Medicare-certified organization. Our services are provided without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, handicap (mental or physical), place of national origin, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Located in the city of Owensboro, Hospice of Western Kentucky provides end-of-life services in Daviess, Hancock, Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties. At Hospice of Western Kentucky, we believe each day can be filled with precious moments, and our entire team is dedicated to helping make those moments possible for our patients and their families. It is a mistake to think that choosing hospice means giving up. Hospice care is not about dying; it’s about living life as fully as possible for as long as possible. Still, we understand that facing a life-limiting illness is never easy, and we are truly honored and humbled when you ask us to walk this important journey with you. Our mission is to provide support and care for those in the final phase of a life-limiting illness so they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Rather, through personalized services and a caring community, hospice helps patients and families prepare for a death satisfactory to them.
THE LOADS OF LOVE LAUNDRY PROJECT
Laundry Love is a neighboring movement that partners with groups, schools and local laundromats to wash the clothes and bedding of low-income and/or no-income families and individuals. The story of Laundry Love began with T-Bone (Eric), a houseless gentleman living in Ventura Calif. In one particular conversation, a question was asked of him: “How can we come alongside your life in a meaningful way?” His response was honest and practical. “If I had clean clothes I think people would treat me like a human being.” The Laundry Love initiative consists of regular opportunities to come alongside people who are struggling financially by assisting them with their laundry. Laundry Love partners with local laundromats in cleaning clothes and linens of low-income or no-income families and individuals. We see the laundromat as a place where strangers become friends, people are known by name, hope is hustled, and the worth of every human being is acknowledged and celebrated.
MATTHEW 25 AIDS SERVICES
Matthew 25 AIDS Services, Inc. began as a volunteer organization in 1996 developed through Zion United Church of Christ in Henderson, KY, which was struggling with how to make a difference in the lives of those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS from within their own congregation. By 1999, Matthew 25 AIDS Services was incorporated and moving forward to offer more services to our clients served in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. In 1999, we were granted 501(c)(3) status, which allowed us to seek funding to enlarge our organization with full-time paid staff. In 2000, Matthew 25 was awarded a Ryan White Planning Grant to evaluate the need for clinical services in the area, as well as a HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS) grant to assist with housing needs. In 2001, we were awarded a Ryan White Part C Grant for Early Intervention Services to open our medical clinic. Matthew 25’s mission is to support, educate and treat those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. We recognize that HIV/AIDS is a real disease affecting real people. Real(istic) prevention and treatment is the only way to fight the continuing spread of HIV. Through holistic care and support services, Matthew 25 strives to reduce the number of new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for those already fighting HIV/AIDS. Through our medical case management efforts which span twenty-five (25) counties in Western Kentucky, we are able to offer our clients supportive services that can help with insurance premiums, housing and utility assistance, transportation, nutritional supplements and groceries, medication assistance, and mental health, dental and vision services. This coupled with excellent specialized medical care greatly improves their chances to enjoy full productive lives for many years. We, at Matthew 25 AIDS Services, strive to give our clients the tools they need to make better life choices, while medically treating their disease in the most supportive and dignified atmosphere possible.
THE OASIS WOMEN’S SHELTER
OASIS women’s shelter is a Domestic Violence Program for battered women and their dependent children. OASIS addresses the unique needs of victims of domestic violence trapped in the cycle of violence. Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, and built on the “Empowerment Model”, OASIS provides a safe place for women and their children to escape the trauma and devastation of domestic violence. The program is divided into phases. Phase 1 is for individuals to come out of their crisis situations and become acclimated to the shelter environment. During this phase, basic needs are met. Phase 2 offers structured individual and group work in a safe and nurturing environment to facilitate change for the individual and family. The goal of the Phase 2 is to provide the opportunity and resources for women and children to move from the crisis situation. Phase 3 offers specialized services to enhance progress achieved during the Emergency Phase. The goal of Phase 4 is to provide the opportunity and resources to achieve family self-sufficiency through personal responsibility. Phase 5 provides the vital link for victims in the community to access services offered by OASIS and other resources available in the community.
SAINT BENEDICT’S EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR MEN
St. Benedict’s Emergency Shelter for Men is the only emergency shelter in Owensboro. We serve 60 men every night and estimate serving 350+ men a year. Our mission is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where residents can have a warm place to sleep, shower, eat, and wash their laundry in a Christian atmosphere. St. Benedict’s addresses barriers many of these men face in becoming independent by providing life skills classes, acute case management, ministering, transitional housing, and advocating services and resources. We also provide them with spiritual counseling through Bible studies and more. We are an overnight facility open Monday through Sunday from 6 PM to 8 AM. Check-in for residents is between the hours of 7 PM and 10 PM on a first-come, first-serve opportunity. Doors open at 6 PM for daily Bible study. Dinner is served at 8 PM and a light breakfast is served at 7 AM before check-out at 8 AM.
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God. We acknowledge one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ, the love, mercy, and grace of God are made known to us and all people. From this overflowing abundance of God’s love, we find our call to ministry. We are called to serve the people in greatest need around the world, to relieve their suffering and to promote the transformation of their condition of life. We regard all people as created and loved by God. We give priority to people before money, structure, systems, and other institutional machinery. The resources at our disposal are not our own. They are a sacred trust from God through donors on behalf of the poor. We are faithful to the purpose for which those resources are given and manage them in a manner that brings maximum benefit to the poor. We are members of an international World Vision partnership that transcends legal, structural, and cultural boundaries. We accept the obligations of joint participation, shared goals, and mutual accountability that true partnership requires. We affirm our interdependence and our willingness to yield autonomy as necessary for the common good. We commit ourselves to know, understand, and love each other. We are responsive to life-threatening emergencies where our involvement is needed and appropriate. We are willing to take intelligent risks and act quickly. We do this from a foundation of experience and sensitivity to what the situation requires. We also recognize that even in the midst of crisis, the destitute have a contribution to make from their experience.