Missional Affiliations - How can we help each other?
When a child enters the foster care system, they enter into a world of unknowns. Where will I live today? When will I see my parents? Who are these strangers asking questions about me and my family? Lots of things are changing in a child’s life during this time. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a community volunteer, just like you, who is appointed by a judge to step in and be a light for a child in foster care. CASAs are appointed to a child’s case and advocate on their behalf in the court system. They are the eyes and ears of the court, and they ensure that the child does not get lost or overlooked in the child welfare system.
Family Justice Center
The Family Justice Center Alliance, a program of Alliance for HOPE International, focuses on developing and supporting multi-agency collaboratives and multi-disciplinary models where victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of violence can come ONE PLACE. Every day victims of interpersonal violence, and their children, are forced to navigate complex systems to receive critical services while gripped by fear and heartbreak. They need agencies in the public and private sector to work together during the crisis and long after the crisis. For many victims, the journey of receiving services means they must tell their story several times, and receiving help often proves to be too burdensome and in the process many lose hope and return to their abusive situations.
It is with the generous support of our individual and corporate donors that the Food Bank of Central Louisiana is able to serve more than 22,400 people every month in our community. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana can provide five meals to families in need. In 2016, we distributed over 6.9 million pounds of food to children, families, and seniors in need of emergency food assistance. Every dollar, every can of food, is one more step towards ending hunger in our community. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of those whose donations make our work possible every single day. Together, we can provide hope to the hungry people here in Central Louisiana.
In August 2013, Volunteers of America Homeless Outreach Program began hosting this street outreach event called H2O – Helping 2 Overcome Homelessness. The idea of this event was to provide instant on-site services to the homeless community on their turf and their terms, providing basic essentials such as hygiene items, clothing, shoes and food. Chronically homeless individuals with mental illness are able to enroll into our PATH program, and all homeless or imminently homeless persons can gain access to housing referrals and resources, mental health care, medical screenings, haircuts, HIV testing and also ministry through local churches and youth groups. H2O serves 50-65 adults monthly and works with other agencies and the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition in a colloborative effort to end homelessness in our community.
Hope House of Central Louisiana provides safe transitional housing and essential services to homeless women and their children, empowering them to independence. Women may stay for up to two years. During that time they participate in comprehensive life skills training and are provided with opportunities that empower them toward self-sufficiency. Case Management is stronger than ever. Child care and transportation options are available. Hope House has expanded its training components, adding a computer lab. Tutoring is available every day for the children and cooperative agreements make it possible for school aged children to attend summer camp at the YMCA. Hope House relies on the community to help support continued growth to meet the needs of the growing homeless population. Together, we are continuing to make a difference by "building futures full of hope".
Manna House is a place where people of all ages and all walks of life receive a hot, nutritious meal served 365 days a year in a clean, welcoming environment. Many of the people who come to Manna House are either homeless or living on very meager earnings. However, anyone who comes to Manna House is welcome to eat. There is no fee. No ID is required. No questions are asked. An average of 230 people — men, women, and children — are fed each day.
Horseshoe Drive Elementary School
Before the school year begins, members of the congregation provide much-needed school supplies, uniforms, and financial support for the school staff to distribute as needed.
St. Timothy's Ministry Fund
Also known as a discretionary fund, St. Timothy’s Ministry fund is funded through loose plate collections on the third Sunday of each month and is supplemented with private donations. In 2017 alone, over $6,550.00 was donated to help those in need with utilities, rent and travel expenses as well as donations for individuals fighting cancer and hurricane relief. 100% of Ministry Fund monies are donated to those in need.
Feel called to help? Please prayerfully consider sending a check to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church c/o Ministry fund. Our address is 2627 Horseshoe Drive, Alexandria LA 71301.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is the compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world, and serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world. Episcopal Relief & Development faithfully administers the funds that are received from the Church and raised from other sources. It provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering.
Food for the Poor
Food For The Poor is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States. By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects and education opportunities, we are giving the poor a chance at a better future, and showing them God’s love. Our mission is to link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner that helps both the materially poor and the poor in spirit.
Habitat for Humanity
Rapides Habitat for Humanity is a partnership between families and the community. Families who need safe, decent, affordable housing partner with caring people in the community to build and buy houses at cost (no profit) with a no-interest loan. Rapides Habitat for Humanity's mission of helping to provide safe and clean homes to those in need in Central Louisiana does more than just put a roof over someone’s head. It has been proven that clean, decent, consistent housing provides stability for the entire family, especially children. It enables families to establish a sense of dignity and pride which expands their educational and employment prospects. An overall social stability and security increases when overall housing improves. It is obvious that adequate housing is vital to the health and economic well being of Central Louisiana.
Operation Christmas Child
The amazing journey of a shoebox gift begins with you and results in evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication. From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country.Thousands of volunteers serve annually inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour work stops for a few minutes to pray for the children who will receive the boxes.