Outreach Ministry seeks to improve the living conditions of those in need while offering our parishioners a unique, meaningful opportunity for fellowship that comes from shared service. St. Thomas’ reaches out to our local and national communities in a variety of ways, including feeding the hungry, providing clothing, building homes, offering funds for disaster relief, and collecting Christmas gifts to bring joy to families in poverty. Below is a list of some of our partner organizations and other service opportunities. Please come join us!
Paul’s Place is a vibrant and dedicated community center that serves the Washington Village and Pigtown neighbors in Baltimore City. The center offers food, showers, laundry, clothing, medical services, after-school programs, computer training, and more. St. Thomas’ Outreach supports Paul’s Place in the following ways:
- Country Cooks & Night Owls 36 times a year our outreach ministry of about twenty parishioners volunteer over 200 hours annually to purchase food and prepare and deliver meals to feed 180 people at Paul’s Place. In 2015, St. Thomas parishioners contributed $5,700 to support these efforts, providing 6,500 meals to those most in need.
- Paul’s Place Camp For the last thirteen years, St Thomas parishioners and youth have provided a camp experience at our parish for approximately forty grade school students of the Paul’s Place community. The camp includes activities and field trips, while offering students the opportunity to be outdoors in a rural setting that might otherwise not be possible. The multi-day camp is a tradition for both St. Thomas families and the children that attend, and would not be possible without the nearly 800 volunteer hours of our youth counselors and parish volunteers. Last year, the gifts of St. Thomas parishioners provided $4,600 in support of this ministry.
To learn more about Paul’s Place, visit their website. If you are interested in visiting or getting involved, contact the church office.
Habitat for Humanity
St. Thomas’ has worked with Sandtown Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years, supporting the effort with both volunteer and financial support.
Over fifty parishioners involved in our Habitat for Humanity outreach ministry joined with other faith-based partners to revitalize the McCabe neighborhood of Baltimore City, volunteering once monthly from February through June of last year. We provided 200 hours of service and $11,000 to HFH Chesapeake to help seventeen families earn equity, complete renovations and secure mortgages to own their own homes.
The Sew/Knitting outreach ministry provides physical and spiritual comfort through gifts of handmade personal items. Last year, volunteers provided thirty hand-knitted hats to the Seafarers, 10+ baby items to the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, 10+ handmade pillowcases for Cancer patients, and a blanket for Habitat for Humanity
Loaves & Fishes
A soup kitchen and food pantry operating from St. Matthias Church, Loaves & Fishes provides over 6,000 meals and 5,000 bags of groceries annually to Baltimore City individuals and families in need. Approximately thirty St. Thomas’ parishioners contributed over 200 volunteer hours working at L&F, preparing meals, greeting patrons, and providing emotional and spiritual support. Last year, we provided over $12,000 to support the pantry and renovate its kitchen with commercial equipment in order to meet code requirements and ensure continued operation.
Young readers who have fallen behind in their grade level reading skills or who have no one at home to listen to them read are supported by the Reading Ministry at St. Thomas’. Since the Spring of 2015, St Thomas’ parishioners have volunteered to listen to individual students read a book of their choice at the Owings Mills Elementary School. The teachers are delighted that we are helping the students and report that the students are excited about reading with their volunteer.
The Community Crisis Center of Reisterstown
The Community Crisis Center, Inc. (CCC) is dedicated to the prevention of homelessness for residents of Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Glyndon through the provision of emergency food items, personal hygiene products, school supplies, financial literacy, and monthly grants for eviction-prevention and utility assistance. St Thomas’ Outreach provides financial support to the CCC for helping individuals and families with utility assistance and through donations of food and volunteer hours.