SJA’s Outreach Ministries

Mission:

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.

OUTREACH CO-CHAIRS:

Marnie Dyer 757-343-4373, marnie.dyer@gmail.com or Lori Eberhard, 757-813-8515, triggerf14@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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 rent, fuel, utilities, clothing, furniture and food. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 757- 426-2180 (press 9 on the menu) 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. You can contact Suzanne Desimone at 618-4699 or dimmisuzi@cox.net for more information, or through 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 kmwinfield@msn.com.

FOOD PANTRY

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 Brian and Terri Avery, 757-301-9545, briannterri2@gmail.com.

HOLIDAY OUTREACH

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. Coordinators Marnie Dyer 757-343-4373, marnie.dyer@gmail.com or Lori Eberhard 757-813-8515, triggerf14@gmail.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. Coordinators are Brian and Terri Avery, 757-301-9545, briannterri2@gmail.com.

MENTAL HEALTH

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, lnsfnly60@gmail.com.

RESPECT LIFE

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. Coordinators are Mary and Lew Cabral 757-228-3944 or LewCab@cox.net.

SAMARITAN HOUSE

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 mlemoine26@verizon.net.

SANDWICH BRIGADE

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 hvch36@gmail.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 jcjc988@aol.com.

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 suzaneshick@gmail.com.

SULLIVAN HOUSE VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

Sullivan House is always looking for volunteer drivers to help take its residents to doctor’s appointments and other activities. You can sign up for times convenient for your schedule. Please contact Maggie Kerrigan at 377-5375 or vbartgym@cox.net.

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, Kathy Manzi 757-427-2974 or kathy.manzi@cox.net.




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