For so many in our community who are the working poor, a utility bill, a medical need, or a week’s worth of groceries can mean the difference between slipping into homelessness or remaining self-sufficient. In an effort to focus on prevention and address the causes of poverty in our city, we support agencies that provide food, medical care, financial assistance, and more.
The ROC is an innovative initiative to train high-school students in construction trades with opportunities for high-paying, high-demand jobs one year out of high school. Christ Church provided a substantial founding gift to help launch this important project, and continues to support the students and faculty in a variety of ways.
Urban Ministry Center (UMC)
The Urban Ministry Center is an interfaith agency that serves as an entry point for the chronically homeless. Along with meeting basic needs such as meals, showers, laundry, phones, and a mailing address, UMC also hosts Community Works programs including soccer, art, and gardening. In addition, UMC offers permanent housing to the chronically homeless in our community. Room in the Inn is also organized through the UMC. Christ Church helped support the construction of Moore Place, now home to over 80 chronically homeless men and women. SERVE: Donate your time by being a counselor or a desk attendant, serving lunch, or by making sandwiches — they need 800 sandwiches a day!
Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM)
CAM serves low-income citizens of Mecklenburg County, often classified as “the working poor,” who are facing financial emergencies and struggling to meet basic needs. As one of the founding churches, we assist with pilot programs such as the Targeted Prevention Program. SERVE: learn about all of the ways to serve using their new online volunteer portal. If you have not done so already, register as a CAM volunteer.
Matthew 25 Casserole Ministry
Parishioners prepare 25 casseroles every month for the Salvation Army, Men’s Shelter, Charlotte Rescue Mission, and the Urban Ministry Center. Collectively, our casseroles serve 1250 people a month. SERVE: Bake casseroles once a month (recipe provided) and/or deliver casseroles to the different locations in Charlotte.
Christ Church delivers approximately 2,000 meals a year to elderly, handicapped, or convalescing people in their homes. Every day parishioners take part by driving Route 25 (an uptown route with five to eight stops). SERVE: Drive Route 25 once a week or as you are able.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM FRIENDSHIP TRAYS REGARDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS: For the immediate future, Friendship Trays moved to a delivery model where staff members are primarily delivering our meal delivery routes. We are asking all current volunteers to put their volunteering duties on hold. We appreciate all the community's support and we will be in touch when we need volunteer drivers in the future. Please continue to check our website www.friendshiptrays.org and our phone message at 704 333 9229 for updates.
Loaves and Fishes
Food items are collected and distributed to 20 pantries across Charlotte, where people in crisis can receive a weeks’ worth of nutritious groceries. Christ Church donates 300 pounds of food a year. SERVE: Collect non-perishable and canned goods to stock the shelves, sort food donations, or serve at pantry sites located around Charlotte.
Since 1992, the Society of St. Andrew has operated a statewide, volunteer-driven Gleaning Network that coordinates with local farmers, thousands of volunteers, and food providing agencies. Their North Carolina Gleaning Network is going strong, salvaging over five million pounds of fresh produce for the hungry each year. In this agriculturally diverse state, gleaners work to salvage everything from strawberries to sweet potatoes to collard greens.