SJA’s Outreach Ministries
To promote and coordinate the charitable efforts of the St. John the Apostle Catholic Church family to assist those in need, both within and beyond our parish boundary.
We accomplish our mission by developing continuing relationships between the parishioners and the recipients of our outreach support. We expand our outreach within and beyond the parish boundaries through identification and coordination of charitable activities that will foster family oriented ministries. We educate the parish population on ways and means to support the needy, and facilitate parish efforts to achieve efficient and effective results.
A mutual endeavor by Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church and Sandbridge Community Chapel United Methodist Church (SCCUMC) to help those in need within our area. Assistance is provided for utilities and food. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 757- 426-2180 or SCCUMC at 757-721-3105.
CONNECT WITH A WISH
CWW is a non-profit created by parishioner Joy Rios to support children in the Virginia Beach Foster Care System. Its mission is to "to connect the wishes of children in foster care with the generosity of our community, one child at a time". There are many ways to help. For more information visit the CWW website at www.connectwithawish.org.
FEED OUR NEIGHBOR
The goal is to feed and care for those less fortunate by serving and providing meals, canned goods, personal items and support where needed. Currently, we provide two meals per year during the months of February and March. Coordinator Kristy Winfield 757-496-7991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because SJA does not have its own Food Pantry, we assist with re-stocking several local pantries at key times during the year. Coordinators of our two collections are Brent and Carla Olson:email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the months of October, November and December we offer extra assistance to needy families and local charities through parish collections; baskets are assembled and items delivered prior to both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Coordinator is Mary Ann Simmons, email@example.com.
MEALS ON WHEELS
The Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need. At SJA, we have teams who deliver food to people who aren’t able to shop or prepare the food. Meals are picked up at Sentara to be delivered to these individuals.
This ministry provides support to Beach House, a safe haven for those recovering from mental illness. It also raises donations for the Community Trust Fund, which provides dental care for the mentally ill. Brings speakers to our parish to provide education, as well as serves as a resource for family & friends of those with mental illness. Lastly, we write letters to both state & federal legislators regarding mental health initiatives. Coordinator is Ellen Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This ministry provides education and information to the community regarding the sacredness and dignity of all human life. We plan and organize the annual trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Life, and we support our local Hope 4 Life with a baby bottle campaign, and we participate in prayer vigils at local abortion clinics.
Coordinator is Barbara Firich at 757-301-3924 or email@example.com.
Samaritan House is a non-profit organization providing a safe harbor for homeless families and victims of domestic violence. One hundred residents, as young as 2 months olds, stay at the facilities each night. Assistance includes free legal service, day care for children, and assistance writing resume/job search program. Coordinator Mary LeMoine 757-689-8494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a quarter you would be asked to make 10 bag lunches (meat/cheese sandwich, fruit, chips etc.) and drop them off at your coordinators house. The bag lunches are then taken to the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center and distributed to homeless in our area. Coordinator Ginger Hitchings 757-646-7551 or email@example.com.
SETON YOUTH SHELTERS
Seton Youth Shelters provides a safe haven, counseling & outreach services, 24 hours per day, without charge, to assist youth in crisis throughout Hampton Roads. The goal is to reunite families and to continue the counseling for both teens and parents after they leave the shelter. It is the only such program in the area. Coordinator Jila Costello 757-427-7090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SULLIVAN HOUSE BIRTHDAY MINISTRY
This very active ministry plans and coordinates monthly birthday parties for the residents of Sullivan House, an affordable retirement community located on General Booth Blvd. For more information, please contact Suzanne Shick at 876-1307 or email@example.com.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
When our troops are far from their families, we seek to provide support through care packages (including snacks, books, and toiletries) along with cards of thanks and encouragement. This is a year round effort. At Christmas, we provide gifts to vets living at VetsHouse, a local safe place for homeless vets. Coordinator,Mary Telinde 757-735-2018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.