The following is a synopsis of organizations we support, with their Parish liaisons (representatives) and hyperlinks to their websites (where available.) These ministries are supported by small grants from St. Timothy’s from our fundraising efforts such as FOTH, and from donations and/or by volunteer efforts. We hope that you will take the time to go to the websites and read about the tremendous depth of work these worthy ministries perform for those in need.
Some of the criteria for being included for Outreach funding consideration are that that a parishioner representative, or liaison, must be actively involved in an organization that is a registered non-profit 501(C)3 status. The liaison must actively participate in representing the interests of the organization at Outreach committee meetings.
Enjoy learning how your church reaches out through your efforts and helps our brothers and sisters in need. Contact any of these liaisons or organizations if you have any questions.
SHELTERS and SERVICES
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (CCIH) – Garden Park Apartments (GPA)
CCIH is a consortium of 35 interfaith communities joined together to establish low-income, permanent housing with many supportive services. Saint Timothy’s is a charter member and has supported the development of this project for over 17 years. They established the Garden Park Apartments in Pleasant Hill 10 years ago.
At the Garden Park Apartments, CCIH serves 28 formerly homeless families of an adult member with a disability. CCIH provides many on-site support services to help these families to stabilize, develop self-sufficiency, and break an inter-generational cycle of poverty and homelessness. Professional staff and talented volunteers work together with families to create a community in which families, and especially the children, can thrive. We collect school supplies for their afterschool Homework Club programs that are serving low-income children in Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Concord, and Pittsburg.
Parish Liaisons: Leslie Firth http://www.ccinterfaithhousing.org/
The Respite Inn is a bed and breakfast-style home, licensed to provide overnight care and accommodations for persons with developmental disabilities aged 18 to 59. Its mission is to support families who have a family member with developmental disabilities living at home, by giving them periodic breaks from caregiving responsibilities. Guests may stay at The Respite Inn for a fun weekend or for a week or longer when parents need time to recuperate from illness, attend a family funeral or simply to take a vacation. The Respite Inn has served individuals throughout Northern California since its opening in 1990.
Parish Liaison: Carleen Carns http://www.therespiteinn.org/
The mission of SHELTER, Inc. is to prevent and end homelessness by promoting self-sufficiency among low-income residents of Contra Costa County. It strives to realize the vision of rebuilding lives, one family at a time, by giving them a home, the skills and the resources to live the life they deserve.
SHELTER, Inc.’s work encompasses three main elements:
- Prevent families from losing their homes: Prevent the onset of homelessness, including rental assistance, case management, and counseling services.
- Help homeless families obtain homes: Provide 3 to 24 months of housing in combination with supportive services, such as job training, educational services, health care, and counseling.
- Operate affordable housing: Provide housing for nearly 250 low-income households, including such special needs groups as transition-age youth, people with HIV/AIDS, and those with mental health disabilities.
They also provide transitional housing for homeless families at Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter in Martinez. It is one of only two year-round emergency family shelters in the county. Last year, 90% of families exited to a stable home. Of the 43 homeless families, there were 85 children. Without a stable home, these children fall further behind developmentally, emotionally and physically. St. Timothy’s has supported SHELTER, Inc. for 23 years.
Parish Liaison: Leslie Firth http://www.shelterincofccc.org/
Winter Nights Shelter
Each year, St. Timothy’s participates in the Winter Nights Shelter program. Operated by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Winter Nights Shelter is a rotating homeless shelter that uses the facilities and helping hands of over 30 faith organizations in the East Bay to provide shelter for homeless families and seniors from October through March. Those served by the program move every two weeks from one organization to the next during this period.
While staying at St. Timothy’s, we provide a safe, welcoming home for approximately 35 guests. We donate food and supplies, prepare and serve meals, spend the night, wash linens, help with set-up, cleanup, supervise the playground, help with homework … and support in many other ways.
We partner with other congregations to serve the visiting families. St. Timothy’s and Beth Chaim will be co-hosting the Winter Shelter at our Parish Hall on February 12 to the 27th, 2017. Sign up to volunteer on our SignUp Genius website.
Parish Liaison: Joann Oliver http://www.cccwinternights.org/
Winter Nights Shelter – SignUp Genius site– click here – (live in December)
HUNGER PREVENTION SERVICES
Loaves and Fishes
“Nourishing Lives” – Loaves and Fishes feeds the hungry of Contra Costa County by providing free hot nutritious meals five days a week at five dining rooms and three partner support sites. Since 1983, Loaves and Fishes has served over 4 million meals. We are a volunteer-driven organization of local individuals and groups. L & F serves meals to the working poor, homeless, disabled, and families with children without regard to race, religion, sex, age, disability, place of residence, or any other qualification in a welcoming and positive environment. L & F has an expanded daily Food Pantry at their facilities to distribute food items for clients to have on evenings and weekends. They now have partnerships with White Pony Express’ food recovery initiative and Urban Farmers, a local non-profit focused on harvesting backyard fruit.
They have expanded their services at their new location by providing screening for eligibility for Cal Fresh/food stamps, and offering free cell phones. They have begun an on-site, intensive 8-week job training program for qualified clients to prepare them for further schooling and jobs in the culinary arts. This program is expanding to work with Rubicon Programs and Martinez Juvenile Hall to create two culinary training job readiness programs for their clients who need skills and training in order to access employment after incarceration and detention. L & F continues to rent out their facility after hours to local food entrepreneurs and to the local chapter of Narcotics Anonymous. This rent goes to support L & F programs. Their mission is truly one of nourishing lives with so much more than food.
Saint Timothy’s has supported L & F for over 25 years with Outreach and FOTH funds and with a committed group of volunteers who serve on the fourth Monday of every month at the Martinez dining room from 9 to 1.
Parish Liaison: Leslie Firth http://www.loavesfishescc.org/
Monument Crisis Center
The Monument Crisis Center (MCC) serves low-income families and individuals in Contra Costa County through dynamic service programs focused on providing nutritious food, education, general assistance and referrals. Over the last year, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and donors, Monument Crisis Center distributed a five-day supply of food to 64,000 people, providing one million meals to those most at risk in Contra Costa County. In 2014, MCC moved to a larger facility in Concord in order to better serve their increasing number of clients. Two hundred at-risk seniors received 1,100 additional bags of food through the Senior Moments program, which averages one hundred seniors each week. The program provides seniors with groceries, a healthy lunch, social time, blood pressure screenings and, most importantly, companionship.
In addition to its service programs, the Monument Crisis Center advocates for the issues and needs of at-risk populations, helping to connect the community in a forward effort to alleviate poverty. MCC also helps clients establish documents and identity papers, such as a drivers license so that clients may apply for jobs or assistance.
Saint Timothy’s CHRISTMAS FOOD BOX FOR MCC program provides families with five days of food. Last year, 215 boxes were distributed. Look for the MCC Food Boxes Projects section below for more details.
Parish Liaison: Sally Shea Potts http://www.monumentcrisiscenter.org/
This is a safe respite and community center serving people who are homeless and those who are experiencing poverty. The Center, located next to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek, is presently open five days a week to provide meals, showers, laundry facility, donated clothing, mail, computer access, job postings, and counseling on eligibility for benefits and services. We provide bikes, gear, clothing and volunteers. We also serve a hot meal to the guests at the center on a monthly basis.
Trinity Center is sponsoring a short-term Evening Program to house about 30 to 50 persons at the Walnut Creek Armory for five months during the cold and rainy season. They are presently seeking help with donations for financial support and need volunteers to provide rides to and from the Shelter to Trinity Center, meals for every evening, and volunteers to monitor overnight. Check on the God’s Hands Red Rolling Bulletin Board for the many opportunities to help with this much needed program to keep homeless individuals warm and safe during winter evenings. Contact Norah Hudson, the volunteer coordinator, for more information.
Parish Liaison: Steve Mason http://trinitycenterwc.org/
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Discovery Counseling Center
Discovery Counseling Center’s Mission is to enhance the well-being and quality of life for individuals and families in the greater San Ramon Valley community by providing affordable, high-quality mental health services through clinic and school-based counseling; reducing the incidence of substance abuse through prevention and recovery services; and promoting family bonding and healthy communication through education and outreach.
Discovery Counseling Center offers counseling for Adolescent Issues, Alcohol Recovery, Anger Management, Anxiety, Child Temperament Issues, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Family Disharmony, Grief & Loss, Low Self Esteem, Parenting Issues, and Issues Related to the Aging Process.
The Friends of Discovery, a volunteer auxiliary, operates the Thrift Station in Danville. The proceeds from this very successful store enable Discovery not to turn anyone away due to an inability to pay full fees for services.
Parish Liaison: Dee Geisler http://www.discoveryctr.net/
Options Recovery Services
Options Recovery Services in Berkeley has been a lifeline for 20 years for men and women who struggle with crippling addiction, poverty, homelessness and associated physical and mental health issues. Options is a beacon of hope and light for those who otherwise have no safety net or safe place for recovery.
This program offers a solution to this serious problem through a comprehensive relationship with the court system, police, prisons, and the community. They train drug and alcohol counselors who are “lifers” in three men’s prisons and one woman’s prison in California, ten of whom are now counselors at Options.
This is a model inner city program providing drug treatment services for the most underserved. Treatment is free/sliding scale and immediately available to anyone. Options provides housing for over 170 clients, both men and women. They serve over 800 clients yearly. The clients get the tools and support for living a clean and sober life at NO cost to them.
Saint Timothy’s has supported Options for 15 years. As a community we have donated a car, bikes, clothing, and furniture for setting up apartment living, as well as funds from Fruits of the Harvest. We serve an annual meal for the clients and staff that is much anticipated. They have expressed that it means a great deal to know that our church in Danville cares and supports them.
Parish Liaisons: Patti Farris & Peg Miller http://www.optionsrecoveryservices.org/
GLOBAL HEALTH AND NURSING
Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA)
GAIA provides basic health services, targeting prevention, care, and support in communities affected by HIV, AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa. GAIA is a non-profit, non-governmental 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in June 2000 in response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
We currently work in Malawi, a small country located in Sub-Saharan Africa at the epicenter of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic where 51,000 people die of AIDS-related illnesses each year and over 650,000 children have been orphaned because of the disease. In total, over one million of the 14 million people in Malawi are orphaned children.
Our program areas fall into three key categories: Empowering Communities (Orphan Care, Orphan Education, Home Based Care, Empowering Communities, GAIA Villages, Youth HIV education and prevention); Raising the status of women (Microfinance for Rural Women), Nursing Scholarship Fund); and Strengthening Healthcare Capacity with Mobile Health Clinics.
Parish Liaison: (In need of a Liaison) http://www.thegaia.org/
The Gretta Foundation
The Gretta Foundation’s mission is to provide in-country nursing education to impoverished people living in disease-burdened nations while bolstering depleted healthcare workforces and improving patient care and outcomes. Nursing education empowers persons by providing the tools to enter into an indispensable and remunerative profession. By increasing the nursing workforce globally, there is greater hope to stem the relentless advance of diseases like HIV and improve patient care worldwide.
Scholarships include tuition, books, room & board, a monthly stipend (to support family), healthcare, uniforms, and supplies. Annual scholarships cost $2300 to $3400. Graduates are bonded to work in their country in a paid position, one year for each year of education.
Parish Liaison: Tania Hanson De Young http://www.grettafoundation.org/
Peace and Justice
Peace and Justice Ministry is a multi-faceted ministry which seeks to inform and educate clergy and laity and promotes support for peace and social justice concerns throughout the world. At St. Timothy’s, they sponsor an annual Fair Trade Craft Festival in November, with proceeds going directly to villages/towns in developing countries where the gifts are created thereby empowering women. Parish Liaison: Mary Louise Gotthold
PFLAG – Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families, and friends through support to cope with an adverse society; education to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy to end discrimination and secure civil rights. Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Parish Liaison: Steve Mason http://www.srvpflag.webs.com/
A group meets at St. Timothy’s to knit and crochet hand-made articles such as shawls, hats and gloves for donation to those in need.
Parish Liaison: Mary Louise Gotthold
PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY PARISHIONERS
Adopt-a-Family Bikes (AAFB)
Adopt-a-Family Bikes began in 2002 at St. Timothy’s in response to the need for bikes from individuals on St. Timothy’s Adopt-a-Family list. It became apparent there was a huge need for bicycles for transportation for the poor. Used bikes are collected, cleaned, repaired, and safety-checked before being distributed to local non-profits and schools. These bicycles are a critical mode of transportation for getting to school or work for very low-income recipients. One man thanked us for the bike and said it made it easier to get from his first job to his second.
Originally supported by parishioner donations and managed at the church, the organization now gets space donated in Danville, has volunteers from the community, receives used bikes through bike drives, and gets funding through grants and donations from individuals. St. Timothy’s supports the program with in-kind donations. Last year, 270 bikes were distributed to local non-profits and schools including many of the organizations listed on this website. We only were able to give out 110 helmets and some locks. The goal is to send each bike out with a helmet and lock.
Parish Liaisons: Tania Hanson De Young, Rand and Ryan Mahoney http://www.adoptafamilybikes.org/
School Supplies Drive for CCIH
In July/August, Saint Timothy’s collects school supplies for Contra Costa Interfaith Housing’s After School Homework Programs to benefit four very low-income housing developments in Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Concord and Pittsburg. Over 120 children receive these necessary school materials to further education and to break the cycle of poverty.
Parish Liaison: Leslie Firth http://www.ccinterfaithhousing.org/
Christmas Food Boxes for Monument Crisis Center (MCC)
In 2011, Monument Crisis Center (MCC) found that they had to have a lottery to choose the client families that could receive gifts through the yearly holiday Adopt-a-Family program. They decided to change the program to one where supporters were asked to fill a box with food for a family. Today, churches, families, and other charitable organizations fill boxes with food using the lists that the Monument Crisis Center supplies before Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. With the help of Noah’s Ark Preschool, Safeway, our Boy Scout Troop 36, UPS, and St. Timothy’s donor families, last year we filled and delivered over 215 boxes of food to Monument Crisis Center.
The Food Box Drive signups start on November 6, 2016. Look for news in Tidings, online, and in Titus, our Sunday bulletin, and at their sign-up tables after services starting Nov. 6, 13, 20, and 27. There are also several God’s Hands sign up opportunities to help pack food boxes at Safeway on Nov. 26, to fill boxes, and load boxes. Boxes will be delivered to Monument Crisis Center on Saturday, December 3rd.
For more about dates, food lists, and Supporter letters, send an email to Sally Shea Potts firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Liaison: Sally Shea Potts http://www.monumentcrisiscenter.org/
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity East Bay, established in 1988, creates successful homeownership opportunities for families with limited incomes by building green, sustainable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods. Over the past 20 years, they have built more than 200 homes, and plan to build the next 200 homes in just five years. Habitat for Humanity has chapters all over the United States.
Saint Timothy’s parishioners have participated in several projects, most recently at the Building on Faith Framing Blitz. They joined other interfaith volunteers last June to help raise the walls of five homes in just three days at Muir Ridge, the new 20-home Habitat for Humanity development in Martinez.
The Saint Timothy’s Outreach Committee, through your donations received during this year’s Fruits of the Harvest, contributed $1,000 to support the Habitat for Humanity Muir Ridge Homes project.
Liaison: Dave Kutrosky http://www.habitatebsv.org/
Their meal packaging program predominantly provides meals to support school feeding programs in schools and orphanages around the world. It is a volunteer-based effort through which participants package high protein, dehydrated meals for use in crisis situations. Your entire family can participate in this fun and engaging assembly line process to send thousands of meals to hungry children. This September we packaged 16,000 meals!
Parish Liaison: Joann Oliver http://www.stophungernow.org/