In the fall of 2015, the Vestry approved the Rectory to be used as the first (and currently, only) Oxford House for women in Southern Maryland. Oxford House, Inc. was founded in 1975 as self-governed, democratically-run houses for providing housing, fellowship, self-reliance and self-respect for recovering individuals. It has a success rate of 87%, one of the highest in the recovery community.
Community Ministry of Calvert County’s mission is to help people in need with their utility bills or rental payments. One of its goals is to prevent homelessness for people facing eviction or utility shutoff. If someone needs help, they can call the Community Ministry office at 410-414-8007 to set up an appointment to come to the office. During the initial call, the person in need will be given the necessary information regarding paperwork required to document their need.
The staff at the office is all volunteer. For those who would like to volunteer, we provide training in the areas of answering phone calls, setting up appointments, returning messages from voice mail and interviewing those in need. Several times a year there are meetings for the volunteers.
All Saints Church was one of the founding members of Community Ministry in 2012. From the start, All Saints has provided volunteers and financial support to this ensure that we can help those in need here in Calvert County.
In 1992, the Ecumenical Council of Calvert County formed a task force to start a Homeless shelter. Project Echo Inc., a non-profit agency, was formed and in 1993 the original emergency shelter opened with 16 beds. In 2010, the current residence opened with enough room for 40-plus men, women, and children. More than just beds and meals, Project Echo provides a clean, safe, family-friendly environment to those who need it most.
For many years, All Saints has participated in the Calvert County Tree of Angels. We receive gift requests right before Thanksgiving through the Dept. of Social Services and put them on cards that we hang on a Christmas tree set up in the back of the church. People take cards, record their choice on the master list near the tree, purchase the gifts on the card, and return the gifts to the church by the date on the card. The gifts are sorted and bagged by family and delivered to the Calvert County Fairgrounds by a date determined by the county organizers and distributed the following weekend. We are very grateful for the generosity of our congregation. This is truly a group effort. So many children who would otherwise not get things they need and a couple of things they want, are provided for through this program.
HeartF.E.L.T., Feeding Empty Little Tummies, is a backpack program to feed children on the weekends, when they can often go hungry for lack of school meal programs. The first backpacks were delivered to one local school in January of 2013 and the program has grown ever since. There are currently 16 Churches working in the ministry. As of December, 2017 there are a minimum of 800 children from ten elementary schools that are being served and will soon expand into more schools. 6317 pounds of food were distributed in 2017 by the program.
All Saints contributes all year to the Calvert Churches Food Pantry in Prince Frederick which serves about 200 families. For the month of May, All Saints is responsible for stocking the shelves and we make a determined effort to collect food between January and May. The suggested list of food items to be collected each spring is: 400 cans each of green beans, corn, pork and beans, soups, mixed vegetables and tuna fish; 200 cans each of tomatoes, tomato sauce and peanut butter; 200 boxes each of cereal, cake mix and pasta; 400 boxes of macaroni and cheese; 600 packs of dry soup mix and 400 rolls of toilet paper.
Please remember that since there is a need for food in our Calvert County community throughout the year, food donations are welcome at any time. Donated items can be left in the back of the church or in the parish hall.
For more information, please contact Sue Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Nights is a volunteer-driven, faith-based program in which the Shelter will rotate between area churches and agencies. Host churches/agencies provide a sleeping room, a morning and evening meal, and socialization in one, two or three week segments. Bedding, toiletries, and transportation are provided by program staff, volunteers and committee members.
All Saints Parish holds an Outreach Breakfast from September - May on the third Sunday of every month in between the early and late services (approximately 9AM-10:15AM). All are invited – members of the community and parish are welcome. The food is prepared by volunteer church members and is always delicious. Bacon, eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or French toast, fruit, juice and milk, of course, COFFEE are served. Stop in and share a meal with friends and neighbors. Donations collected support parish outreach to families in need of food and/or basic living assistance.
For more information or to volunteer, please call Ed Dorsey (410-257-3305) or Patti At Lee (202-669-5594).