Our Outreach Ministry provides a wide array of help to those in need locally and globally. Serving our “Neighbors” gives us joy as we fulfill our God-given purpose. And working together helps our parish family to bond.
Each year St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church gathers with community partners to host a meal packaging event through Rise Against Hunger. This nonprofit organization provides nutrition and resources for the world’s most vulnerable populations, from Africa to Malaysia to the Caribbean.
Crossroads of Michigan seeks to foster positive change by building relationships with the community and by providing access to resources to individuals facing instability or vulnerability. Twice a year, our parishioners partner with Crossroads of Michigan by volunteering to serve meals at the downtown location.
This wonderful group of ladies gather to knit, crochet, and quilt. They make many loving items, from prayer shawls, quilts, lap blankets, pillowcases, and baby hats. They also provide care packages to our military.
At select times of the year, our youth and parish leaders will solicit donations for the assembly of blessing bags. The blessing bags are then distributed to the parish and given to those in need.
The event is to collect baby products that are distributed to Haven, the Catholic Community Response Team (CCRT), and Baby Basics of Troy.
The church sends a team to package and distribute food to those experiencing food insecurity.
Located at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pontiac, Bound Together provides a welcoming environment for after school tutoring and mentoring, complete with kid friendly meals and snacks. In recent years, St. Stephen’s has partnered with Bound Together by sending volunteers to participate in this after school program.
Members of the parish volunteer time to support patients and their families in hospice.
Covenant House provides immediate and long-term support for young people facing homelessness. They also advocate for public policies that address the roots of housing insecurity. In recent years, St. Stephen’s has partnered with Covenant House through the giving tree and through collections of clothing, backpacks, and other needed items.
Food is provided throughout the year. Before Thanksgiving, parishioners donate grocery bags full of requested items.
Wishlist Parishioners donate items for their Holiday Gift Shop.
We donate board games and gift cards to needy families.
Parishioners collect the items for Covenant House and the Catholic Community Response Team (CCRT).
We also collect small toiletries items, tab tops, eyeglasses, cell phones, and canceled postage stamps for various charities and organizations. We also collect and return cans and bottles as a fundraiser.