St. Clare’s Outreach Commission is charged with supporting local, national and international outreach. Efforts concentrate on hunger, homelessness, poverty, refugee welcome and sanctuary, and serving as an
umbrella group for local hands-on outreach ministries.
Specific ministries include supporting the Back Door Food Pantry, volunteering with members of Temple Beth Emeth at Alpha House, serving meals to food-insecure individuals in our Social hall, staffing the Rotating Shelter for the homeless, assisting Friends Meeting in providing safe Sanctuary there, and collecting supplies for refugees and immigrants.
The Outreach Commission also is charged with distribution of financial resources to organizations that work with us in achieving our mission. At this time, funding is provided to the Back Door Food Pantry, the Haiti Outreach Mission, Friends in Deed, Alpha House, Religious Action for Affordable Housing, and Refugee Sanctuary and Michigan Refugee Relocation Services.
The Outreach Commission also supports parishioners choosing to engage in civil disobedience as participants in organizations seeking social and political change toward justice and equal opportunity. This has recently included actions in conjunction with the Poor Peoples Campaign and being present at the border where immigrants are being detained.
Throughout the year, volunteers from various outreach projects are giving “Minutes for Mission” during Sunday services. Checkout the latest in the list below: