Dorothy Day Shelter: Contact Elaine Sleath, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. James’ parishioners and friends volunteer one night per month at the shelter beginning at 9 PM. There needs to be at least one man to stay overnight. Volunteer responsibilities: wash and dry guest’s clothing, bedding and make coffee in the morning. Wake up time is 5:30 AM, although volunteers have the option of allowing guests to sleep later if their schedule permits. Please consider participating.
Mission Ministries at St. James’ have a long history of helping our friends and neighbors in the community and around the world. We meet on the fourth Monday of each month, except July. The meeting takes place at 7 pm in Luckenbill Hall at Saint James' and typically lasts one hour. Luckenbill Hall is located at the back of the church on Terrace Place. Parking is in the lot with the sign for Daily Bread Food Pantry.
Local Mission acts as a conduit between the church and the local community. We seek to become aware of the needs of others, lift those needs up to the parish and help identify resources at Saint James’ and in the community to assist in meeting those needs. Each month we select a mission and purposely raise awareness and funding for its support. Some of our Local Mission partnerships:
"The Parish of Saint James' ministers to all people in the name of Jesus Christ"
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Dorothy Day Meals: Contact Yvonne Kiddoe, email@example.com or Chris Kuell, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. James’ parishioners and friends prepare and serve a meal on the third Thursday and Friday of each month. Food preparation happens on Thursday at Saint James' in Luckinbill Hall Kitchen from 10:00am to noon. Food service happens on Friday at Dorothy Day Hospitality House on 11 Spring Street in Danbury, Starting with set-up at 1:00pm. We serve from 3:15pm - 4:45pm and then begin clean-up. Anyone high school age or older is welcome. It's a big undertaking and many hands make light work. Annually over 1,000 meals and 600 second meals are served, 900 lunch bags distributed and 300 Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches are made.
Daily Bread Food Pantry: Contact Jill Shaw, DB Coordinator, email@example.com
The Daily Bread Food Pantry is located next to Luckinbill Hall at the end of the driveway off Terrace Place. It has been supplying needed food staples for over 25 years. Food is distributed every Monday and Friday at 10:00 am. Also, Daily Bread gives out over 300 Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets with enough ingredients to make a holiday meal. Parishioners, other area churches and community groups generously give food and funds to stock the pantry. Help is needed with stocking, packing bags, assisting clients, raising funds and food drives.
Amos House Family Shelter: Contact Betsy Pankulis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amos House provides transitional housing for women and children, as well as teaching life skills to residents to enable them to find jobs, budget finances, etc.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Contact Volunteer Coordinator Jim Hughes, JamesRTHughes@aol.com
Thanksgiving Dinner is made and served by St. James' parishioners, friends and community members. The community dinner is served on Thanksgiving Day to 125 to 150 people. The meal is made possible by financial and food contributions from parishioners, friends and supporters from the Danbury area. Help is needed in terms of setup, clean up and service.
Association for Religious Communities (ARC): Contact Fr. Joseph Krasinski, Joseph@saintjamesdanbury.org
The mission of ARC is to "Alleviate the causes of violence, suffering and hate while advancing peace, justice and human dignity". Saint James' has a historical partnership with ARC.
Christmas Angel Tree:
Through this ministry, various local organizations are selected to receive gifts for their clients. Saint James' parishioners and friends are asked to purchase gifts or gift cards to help address needs of our less fortunate neighbors during the Christmas season.
Global Mission is committed to supporting the Millennium Development Goals* through focused outreach efforts to specific development projects worldwide by working in partnership with local leadership from various cultures to create mutually beneficial, spiritually sustaining growth relationships.
*Millennium Development Goals
•Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
•Achieve universal primary education
•Promote gender equality and empower women
•Reduce child mortality
•Improve material health
•Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
•Ensure environmental sustainability
•Create a global partnership for development with targets for aid, trade and debt relief
A Sampling of Mission Events
ETHNIC CELEBRATION - An international potluck feast with a program to educate us about the people we serve. Funds raised through contributions will be used to support El Hogar in Honduras.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK & CRAFT FAIR - Funds raised by our annual parish cookie sale during the Christmas season are also used to support our ministry with El Hogar.
Financial Contributions Made to:
Hord Foundation, St. James’ Discretionary Fund, ARC, Church World Services, Wooster School, Episcopal Relief Fund, Bishops Fund for Children, Diocese of Connecticut, United Thank Offering, Amos House, Daily Bread
Grant me, O Lord, a smile on my face to share and a gentle touch. Grant to those you have blessed me to serve this day, the chance to be fed, a place of warmth and a moment of safety. As all goodness comes from you alone, O Lord, may I serve you, as I serve those in need. Amen
Our global mission initiative is El Hogar-Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The mission of El Hogar is to transform and
empower abandoned and hopelessly poor children in Honduras by providing a loving home and education, in
order to enable them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive, caring and independent Honduran citizens.
St. James’ goal is to adopt a student and provide annual financial support for all educational and living expenses
through graduation. We hope to plan mission trips to El Hogar in the future.
Faith Appreciation Walk:
An annual event inviting people from the Danbury community to walk around town as a group, stopping at various local agencies that provide support to our neighbors. We pray for the agencies and those receiving support from these agencies.
Vestry Liaison: Contact Susie Sakisian, email@example.com