JOY-Justice and Opportunity for Youth-meets AT CALVARY on Monday nights.
JOY connects with young women and girls in middle school and high school, encouraging healthy relationships and good decision-making skills. JOY strives to build them into leaders in their schools and communities.
Project Legacy-Provides hope, connections and support to youth of color ages 17-24 who are refugees, homeless, formerly gang-involved or recently incarcerated allowing them to transform their lives and become contributing members of our community.
As part of our Hunger at Home Outreach work this year, Calvary has been sharing information about how to help the work of Project Legacy. You can help Project Legacy by signing up to provide a home-cooked or catered meal before a Healing Circle or during a study table. If you do not have time to cook, you can make a tax-deductible donation that Project Legacy will use to purchase food.
Every week, Project Legacy facilitates three Healing Circles and one study table (during the school year). Project Legacy youth who have fled war-torn countries, who have been granted political asylum, who were born into generational poverty and sometimes gang affiliation, or who have been homeless for years, gather together to seek and offer support and heal their pasts in order to move forward in a good and healthy way. The meal has become an important and meaningful ritual at Project Legacy. Many of the Project Legacy youth never ate together with their birth families, others had to leave their families behind as they fled to America, and still others were disowned when they broke with the family business of drug dealing and crime.
Full details are on the Sign Up Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c45afa92fa2fc1-meals
HUNGER AT HOME: GOD WORKING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
As Episcopalians, we are called to "Missio Dei" -- the "sending of God" to help those in need -- as well as to working for peace and justice, and sharing God's love in the world.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go!" (Luke 10:1-3)
Indeed, the harvest is plentiful; and we are ready to work. "Hunger at Home" is Calvary's theme for reshaping our outreach work. The goal is to connect our beloved parish community with local agencies and organization, and partner with those who have been engaged with hunger-related programs to support our neighbors in need.
How do we reach beyond our walls?
Just as Jesus sent the disciples two by two, we also want to go out into our neighborhood two by two, or family by family, and engage with the work that awaits us. Hunger comes in many forms: physical, emotional, spiritual.
To support our neighborhood and those who live in it, we are following two paths.
VOLUNTEER IN HUNGER MINISTRIES
Members of the parish are encouraged to join fellow parishioners in our established hunger ministries with Community Food Response, the Dorothy Day House, JOY and Project Legacy. See more information on the needs in our community, including a list of volunteer opportunities and contacts.
If you'd like to be involved in this work, please contact Rev. Beth or Penny Duffy, the senior warden.
HELP US DISCERN
Calvary is working deliberately and purposefully to discern our long-term connection to serving God's people in our neighborhood. We will explore our gifts, talents, resources and assets, and how we can best utilize them to serve our neighborhood. As we do, we will be talking with those who already engage in this work and those whom we will serve to identify needs and how we might work to meet those needs. We hope to develop a sustainable project that will be the capstone of Calvary's outreach and mission.
Please contact Ellen Sassenberg to express your interest in accepting this call.