Missions

Our Outreach Programs

For missions inquiries, please contact Russell Cooper, Missions Chair at rcoopero@yahoo.com

Matthew 25: 35–40

“… for I was hungry and you gave me food,

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

I was naked and you gave me clothing,

I was sick and you took care of me,

I was in prison and you visited me.’

And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you,

just as you did it to one of the least of these

who are members of my family, you did it to me. . .”

—Gospel of Matthew 25:35–40

 

The Missions Committee

  • Exists to support people in need, build relationships and live out the Gospel’s call to care for the prisoner, the homeless and hungry.
  • Our work is supported by the operating budget of the church which contributes 22% of every dollar collected.
  • A Minute for Missions report will be given the second Sunday of each month, highlighting our ministries to keep you informed and involved.

 

Local Ministries

  • Bridgeport Department of Children and Families   http://www.ct.gov/dcf
    • We support foster children and their new families by providing basic needs like clothing, beds and bedding, and school supplies.
    • For the holidays we provide food cards for families to shop for groceries and Christmas gifts for children who may not otherwise receive anything.
  • Stamford Counseling Center—Financial support for affordable services for individual and family well being  http://sccweb.org/
  • Bikes for Kids—Donate bikes to kids who don’t have one  http://www.bikes-for-kids.net/
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Center – Monetary support and toiletries/pillows to the safe houses in Norwalk and Stamford  http://www.dvccct.org/
  • Midnight Run/Breakfast Run—Prepare and deliver breakfast to the homeless in New York City
  • Fish— Provide financial support for transporting local elderly/ disabled persons to necessary appointments
  • Kids Empowered by Your Support — K.E.Y.S. provides music lessons to Bridgeport students. Founded by Music Director, Rob Silvan  http://www.keysmusic.org/
  • Neighbors Link Stamford—Provide funding to purchase sewing machines used to educate, empower and employ immigrants  http://www.neighborslinkstamford.org/
  • St. Joseph’s Parenting Center, Stamford—Sponsor father’s program to help reduce incidence of child abuse and neglect. Prepare and serve dinner to attendees of class http://www.sjpcenter.org/
  • Norwalk Community Health Center—Provide food and holiday gifts to children and families in need  http://www.norwalkchc.org/
  • Creative Crafters—Purchase materials for group to knit blankets for AIDS patients served by Hope for Health, Romania http://hopeforhealthromania.org/
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention—Community walk to reduce the stigma of mental illness https://www.afsp.org/

 

National Ministries

 

International Ministries

  • Epervier, Haiti—Provide earthquake relief for youth; soccer team uniforms, equipment and musical instruments
  • Cross Cultural Thresholds, Kenya—Contribute funding to build and support trauma center and secondary school for kids living in the Kibera slum. Founded by Rev. Carter Via  http://www.crossingthresholds.org/
  • African Dream Initiative, Uganda—Provide education for child soldiers and other youth rescued from oppression to become future leaders of Uganda https://africandreaminitiative.org/
  • SATHI (Special Attention to Himalayan Initiatives) Nepal—http://www.saathi.org.np/
  • Contribute funding to break the cycle of poverty and oppression through education, health and income generation programs
  • Children of Nowhere, Romania—Provide financial support to fund healthcare, medicine and food for children with HIV and AIDS http://www.childrenofnowhere.com/work.html
  • Waverly Girls School, South Africa—Sponsor education scholarships to girls through the Alexandra Education Committee http://www.alexeducation.org.za/
  • Children’s Rescue Mission, Honduras—Provide funds for developing a sustainable infrastructure to create industry, education, sanitation and healthcare http://www.crmission.org/
  • SosteNica, Nicaragua— Provide micro loans to low-income borrowers to alleviate poverty through financing new business opportunities http://www.sostenica.org/

 

Hands-on Opportunities

Participate in breakfast runs to feed New York City homeless (quarterly)

Pack food for starving children/families internationally (FMSC, one day in the Fall)

Fix up a home in Bridgeport (Homefront, early May)

Collect toiletries and other supplies for safe houses

Collect for local food pantries

Collect household items and clothing for Fraternité Notre Dame

Serve dinner at St. Joseph’s Parenting Center, Stamford

 

 

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