St. Stephen’s Local Outreach
Charity begins at home. A significant portion of our resources goes toward helping people right here in the Tennessee Valley. Through gifts of service, financial resources, and prayer, St. Stephen’s parishioners reach out to help those in need – in our community, in our diocese, and across the globe.
Our mandate comes from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25:
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40
Serving Across Our Community
St. Stephen’s Child Development Center (CDC)
St. Stephen’s Child Development Center’s mission is to teach, educate and share God’s love with our children through daily activities and mentoring. Children are nurtured in a warm, safe and loving environment inspiring their development physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Please contact our director, Margie Areostatico, with any questions or to set up a tour of our CDC at 256-880-8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASA of Madison County
CASA’s (Care Assurance System for the Aging & Homebound) mission is to provide needed services to aging/homebound individuals that allow them to remain in their homes and age in place. St. Stephen’s participates in CASA’s grocery drive, home weatherizing project, and turkey dinners for Christmas.
Each fall St. Stephen’s participates as part of NACH’s Blanket and Cold Weather Gear Drive, gathering blankets, coats, jackets, gloves, socks, sleeping bags and other items that our homeless neighbors will need during the winter season. Our deacon, Lynn, heads up this effort for NACH and serves on the agency’s Board of Directors.
Loads of Love
Loads of Love volunteers gather once a month at a local laundromat providing quarters for washing, as well as detergent and a warm meal for those who struggle financially. St. Stephen’s supports this effort with financial contributions.
St. Stephen’s puts together meal packs, which are distributed by trained First Stop volunteers who go out to homeless camps weekly (meal packs contain self-opening containers of meat/fish, fruit, crackers, a dessert, juice or water as well as a spoon and napkin). Also, parishioners serve on the agency’s Board of Directors and as agency volunteers.
Grateful Life is a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation located on Oakwood Avenue. Its congregation primarily consists of homeless and low-income members of our community. St. Stephen’s donated the chairs used during the church’s worship service, has made and served meals before Grateful Life’s worship service, and has contributed both monetary and supplied donations (everything from paper products to homemade soup) when the church is open as an Overnight Cold Weather Shelter.
HAP is a group of Christian congregations that desire to provide a ministry of assistance and referrals to needy individuals and families of Madison County. This ministry focuses on the non-homeless and strives to achieve its mission by the pooling of volunteers, information, and financial resources of its members. St. Stephen’s contributes financially to HAP.
By providing on-site medical, dental, and optometry care; mental health counseling; and social services at our participating schools, HEALS, Inc. makes an immediate difference in the lives of many children. Its mission is to keep children healthy and optimize their opportunities for success in school and society. Our parish makes financial donations to support HEALS.