please give before July 5
This year’s youth group mission trip to Grand Rapids was unfortunately postponed. However, we still have plenty of areas where we can serve this summer. We are currently raising money for a program in Detroit called Fresh Rx. Beneficiaries receive a box of fresh fruit and vegetables from Eastern Market and/or from Peaches & Greens. The people they serve are seniors who live in the Islandview neighborhood, and youth whose labs have shown unacceptable levels of lead. The primary care clinic is located inside Church of the Messiah and they will be referring patients who they believe can benefit from extra nutrition (fresh fruit and vegetables). Most are African American, and this is one way we can introduce our youth to an area of diversity and inclusion, while helping with food insecurities. Everyone eats. This is a way that our youth can participate in a manner that is ongoing and real.
Each participant/patient receives a box of fresh fruit and vegetables every three weeks, the cost of one box is $15. For the season, ending early September, they will receive 6 boxes. This totals $90 for the season/person. Currently they have funding for 43 participants. They would love any assistance to make a difference with more households. There will be nutritionists who will contact each patient and keep the lines of communication open with recipes and other follow up.
If you would like to help in this mission, you can send a check to St. Clare’s and write Fresh RX in the memo line, or you can give online at the St. Clare’s website. When choosing the fund, click “other” and then type in FRESH RX. Thank you for considering this mission!
Our long-term commitment to racial justice and reconciliation is embedded in our identity as baptized followers of Jesus. We will still be doing it when the news cameras are long gone. Opening and changing hearts does not happen overnight. The Christian race is not a sprint; it is a marathon. Our prayers and our work for justice, healing and truth-telling must be unceasing. Let us recommit ourselves to following in the footsteps of Jesus, the way that leads to healing, justice and love.Bishop Michael Curry
We must commit to educating ourselves on this long-standing history of racism and how it is embedded in all parts of our society. Click here for a list of resources which I encourage you to read, discuss, and share. — Deacon Intern Kelly
Hello St. Clarians,
The current Pandemic has particularly impacted those in our community already marginalized by society, the homeless and undocumented immigrants. These populations face even greater risks of infection and increased needs for food, safe socially-distant shelter and access to sanitation facilities.
The Outreach Committee has been exploring what is needed locally to provide assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have identified three organizations below, who are working in these communities to provide relief and assistance. Please click here to see the descriptions of each organization’s efforts.
- The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
- The Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
- The ministries for the homeless at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Detroit
If you wish to donate to any or all of these causes, we ask that you send your donation to St. Clare’s so that our treasurers can document the level of support and distribute the monies to the different organizations as St. Clare’s Outreach. Please identify on St. Clare’s e-giving website or on the check memo line which organization you wish your gift sent to. You can find details about giving online or via text at www.saintclareschurch.org/give.
We appreciate your continued generosity in taking care of our neighbors in need here in Southeast Michigan.
The Outreach Committee