We stock a pretty small pantry (storage unit) with items donated by members of the church, friends, neighbors, and sometimes local businesses. Each Sunday, those who come to church may bring a canned good or box of cereal for the pantry. Some find it easier to give money, and our intrepid shoppers find the best bargains they can! The pantry sees action nearly every day that the office is open as our neighbors struggle to keep food on the table or, for some, in the knapsack. Your donations of non-perishable food items or money to purchase them are welcome.
- You can stop by the office to drop things off M-F between 9 AM and 2 PM, send a check in the mail, or come by services on Sunday morning. Though the need never goes away, God manages to multiply our offerings to feed as many people as possible.
- If you need food, the pantry is open anytime we are here. The office is always open M-F from 9-2, except for holidays.
St. Paul’s houses the only winter shelter in this area. Run by House of Hope’s ACCESS program, the shelter houses 15 men and women each night from Nov. 1 through May 31. The shelter opens at 7 PM and closes at 7 AM. Women are given priority, then it’s “first come first served” after that. Dinner and a light breakfast are provided. There are many ways you can participate in this ministry:
- You can offer to cook an evening meal for the shelter. The local soup kitchen provides dinner Monday through Saturday and the members of the church do so on Sunday. Let us know via email if you would like to take a turn for supper or bring something by for breakfast, or drop off sack lunches that folks can take with them as they leave.
- Your financial donations are always welcome. We hold several fundraisers each year to provide any needed items (new cots, blankets, emergency food, etc.) but we do not do any direct fundraising to cover our costs (heat, electricity).
- We collect warm clothes, especially jackets, coats, hats, gloves, as well as socks and boots. It’s amazing how quickly homeless men and women go through socks, and many don’t have decent boots to face our New England winters. You can drop of any of those things anytime the office is open.
St. Jorge’s Soup Kitchen
St. George’s church in Central Falls hosts a soup kitchen on Sundays at 2 PM. Along with other area churches St. Paul’s takes a turn cooking and hosting that meal about 4 times per year. Your monetary donations are welcome to help defray the cost, as is your presence in the kitchen!
Baldwin Elementary School
Twice a year we help the kids at this school: each fall we collect 30-40 backpacks and cram them full of school supplies and at Christmas we supply gifts for 30-40 kids, and sometimes their siblings. This is a ministry we love. You can help by donating items for these drives, sending a monetary donation, or both!
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