Christ Church will focus it’s energy and resources on four priority local outreach efforts in 2016:
The Gathering: The Gathering is a community based ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. The Gathering’s mission is “to provide meals and other services for people who would otherwise go hungry.” Christ Church supports The Gathering through financial gifts and volunteer service serving lunch on 6 Saturdays throughout the year and providing brown bag dinners on 6 additional Saturdays.
Sojourner Family Peace Center: Sojourner Family Peace Center provides comprehensive services “to create peaceful communities in which domestic respect and a life free from violence is the right of every woman, man and child.” Christ Church Rector, Fr. Seth Dietrich, serves on this Board of Directors. Christ Church provides financial support as well as occasional festive meals for the shelter residents. For many years, Christ Church has celebrated St. Nicholas Day by collecting gifts for Sojourner’s women and children.
Other local outreach involvements include:
Our Next Generation is a community based organization which mentors and supports families in the neighborhood of 34th street and Lisbon Avenue. Primary programs include The Homework Club and the High School Connection, for after school tutoring and mentoring of students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. Volunteer opportunities include after school (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) tutoring, meal preparation and the Christmas Giving Tree
is a “nonprofit home ownership ministry building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.” Milwaukee Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses in urban neighborhoods. Volunteer opportunities include a variety of construction related jobs, often done on Saturdays.
Shoreline Interfaith provides transportation and other support services to help the elderly remain living in their own homes. Christ Church provides monetary support and volunteer services including driving people to appointments and providing other assistance as needed.