OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN:
Before COVID, Tuesdays at noon, you would find the Monticello Room in the basement of the church full of food, conversation and neighbors. The downtown churches participate in a rotating soup kitchen that feeds approximately 80-135 of our fellow community members who are without funding for food. Courtenay Evans, our Mission Minister, coordinated the Downtown Soup Kitchens who have had to retool the programs to meet the increasing needs of our neighbors during the pandemic. We now serve 150-170 meals on Tuesdays from the doors of The Haven. We have teams of volunteers who bake desserts, donate the funding for a Bodo’s bagel meal for the week (approx. $500), provide beverages like iced tea or lemonade, as well as teams who serve the guests. If you would like to be involved in this necessary and heart-warming ministry, please email Courtenay Evans Courtenay@christchurchcville.org.
PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) Thermal Shelter and The Haven
Talk about learning to pivot in a pandemic! PACEM went from being a six-month thermal shelter to Sheltering in Place accommodations for over 70 people at hotels in the Charlottesville area. The Haven went from having breakfast and housing connections to serving three meals a day and partnering with PACEM on running a hotel shelter because, in a pandemic, housing is health care. At CEC, Elizabeth Butler, our Hospitality Minister, and Courtenay Evans, our Missions Minister, joined forces to prepare homemade meals for the hotel guests, starting with 30 meals in April and now up to 80 meals once a week. A team of volunteers, masked and sanitizing, helps with packing and prepping. If you would like to help, please email Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or Courtenay at email@example.com.
During the pandemic, Christ Episcopal Church is partnering with Abundant Life Ministries to provide space and volunteers for 6 groups of children in learning pods for the Fall semester of public school. We have upped our internet capacity and cleaning protocols to offer a welcoming and safe space for over 30 children to learn with tutors and guidance. If you would be willing to volunteer for a two hour or four hour shift, please contact Melville Krebs at Melville.Krebs@gmail.com or email Mission Minister Courtenay Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has partnered with more than 150 hard-working low-income families in the area to help them realize their dream of home ownership.As of September 18, Habitat Charlottesvile broke ground on the new redevelopment project of Southwood. Currently, we have suspended any of our build teams and Community Dinners, but we are still very committed to this affordable, low-cost housing and Marilu serves on the Board of Directors. For instance, because of a mask making project, FEMA designated Habitat the local repository for masks available to the community. For more information, check out their website https://www.cvillehabitat.org.