The Community Ministries committee is dedicated to making contributions to support worthwhile community activities at the local/regional, state/national and international level which serve the poor and disadvantaged, relieve suffering, and provide sustenance, both spiritual and physical, to those whose needs are not met by existing levels of governmental or charitable funding. We are particularly concerned with the needs of children, the homeless, elderly, and the victims of poverty, crime and religious persecution.
CMfunds in 2014awarded to entities serving local/regional residentsincluded theNW Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy, Community Renewal International, children enrolled in Caddo Parish Schools Homeless Children’s program, St. Luke’s Episcopal Medical Ministry, Jewel House, a shelter for homeless girls ages 13 – 18, and Community Support Programs, providing housing and services homeless individuals with mental illness. Clothing and school supplies were purchased for impoverished children at Caddo Heights Elementary; CMco-sponsored with other area Episcopal churches and St. Luke’s Medical Ministry a Women’s Day for street homeless women at Hope Connections, the area single point of access for homeless services, and funded furnishings for two rooms at the newly renovated Mercy Center, serving persons living with HIV/AIDS.Funds were also awarded to the Food Bank of NWLA,the Caddo Council on Aging meals on wheels program for low income elderly,and The Shepherd Center, an Episcopal ministry serving impoverished residents of St. Joseph, Louisiana.Cathedral-based ministries also received CM support, such as the Grace Home meals for families of patients prepared by St. Mark’s parishioners, sack meals prepared by Cathedral youth for the street homeless, and the Personal Pantry.
Community Ministries funds in 2014also supported international efforts, such as funding for ACTS, the annual Diocesan Medical Mission trip to Honduras, sponsorship of a child at Our Little Roses, an Episcopal home and school for girls in Honduras, and Episcopal Relief and Development’s response the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Committee members perform due diligence in evaluating each request for funding. Completion of a funding application template is required for larger funding requests. Committee members also make visits to ministries supported with Cathedral funds.The Community Ministries Committee meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the parlour. All parishioners are welcome to attend committee meetings and participate in this outreach ministry. If you know of a ministry you would like to see considered for funding, or for more information, contact Candace Higginbotham, at 470-3001.