local outreach

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Family Promise is a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. At Calvary, we host five families for 2 weeks in the fall and spring. We provide food, shelter, support, and encouragement for these families as they strive for a better life. Our volunteers provide food, fellowship, and stay overnight with our guests.

The Summit Interfaith Clergy Fellowship formed a task force of clergy, public officials, and concerned citizens whose goal was to assist homeless and at-risk homeless not served by other programs. SHIP has served breakfast and provided a sack lunch every weekday using Calvary’s facilities since October 1991. SHIP provides over 16,000 meals annually.

Summit Hospitality Initiative started in the winter of 2019. This ministry was developed to invite our “neighbors without address” into our parish house to have a safe and warm place to share a meal and spend the night. We are working with other houses of worship and the City of Summit to better address the issues of homelessness in Summit especially during the cold weather.

Bridges is a Summit based organization that reaches out to the homeless in New York City, Newark, Irvington, and Summit, New Jersey every week. Over 2,000 volunteers each year help deliver 65,000 meals, seasonal clothing, and necessities without question and with genuine respect. Calvary partners with this organization.

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Children in Outreach provides a way for children to be involved in outreach on their level of understanding. Events happen throughout the year when children and their families can come together in service.

There is a Food Collection on the First Sunday of Every Month to support the food pantry maintained in the basement at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Summit. A different food item is requested each month.

The Senior Luncheons are both a time of fellowship and outreach. This is a time when seniors from the nearby senior center join together with many of Calvary’s parishioners and others from the community for a relaxed lunch and entertainment.

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Since 1995, Calvary has hosted an American Red Cross blood drive in the Parish Hall. Parishioners publicize the drive, contact and schedule donors, bake cookies for the donors, and prepare dinner for the workers.

The mission of the Apostles’ House is “to provide comprehensive social services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals in the Newark area in an environment that encourages and enables self-sufficiency.” The Food Pantry at Apostles’ House helps to prevent severe hunger in Newark. Calvary collects individual non-perishable items in baskets located in each Narthex of the church as well as accepting financial donations to purchase food.

Sage provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help people lead the most independent and active lives possible. Services include Home Care, an Adult Day Program, Care Planning, Meals on Wheels, Information & Referrals, and Medicare Counseling.

At Calvary Church, we strive to be Christ hands, eyes, and feet in our city and state through local outreach. For more information on our local outreach ministries, please contact the Reverend Canon Matthew Corkern at rector@calvarysummit.org.