September 4, 2019

Belonging with Purpose – Nutmeg & Neighbors

Mission isn’t just out there, it’s through here. Every day of the week we provide abundant parking in a lot that’s cleared of ice and snow, turn on the lights, heat or air condition meeting spaces, maintain buildings and grounds and generally make it comfortable for much of the good work that takes place in our community:

Our kitchen is where meals are made for Morning Glory Breakfast sponsored by Catholic Charities

We host 15 AA meetings on campus every week

We supported the Refugee Resettlement Committee with financial guidance and space

We host the first all-female scout troop in Ridgefield

We host LGBTQ support groups for parents and youth

We stock the Little Pantry, available 24 hours for cleaning and personal care items

We welcome community members to rest a while (and perhaps enjoy a treat from Deborah Ann’s) in our Samaritan Garden

We hold a Sunday morning pancake breakfast to raise funds for Beagle rescue

Our parishioners volunteer at the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Danbury, the Pop-Up Food Pantry in Ridgefield and the Mobile Food

Parishioners donate turkeys, hams, desserts and decorations, and cook for six sheltersin Danbury during the holidays

Our Alternative Giving Program provides parishioner donations to Heifer International, Meals on Wheels, and Danbury Food Collaborative’s Man-In-A-Van

Parishioners donate backpacks and their contents to Norwalk’s Open Doors Shelter and Danbury’s Association of Religious Communities

Parishioner volunteers wrap holiday packages at the Danbury Fair Mall to benefit Housatonic Habitat for Humanity

Parishioner families host the children of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility mothers for five days each summer so mothers and children may spend time together

Our high school students make dozens of micro-loans each year to low-income entrepreneurs in countries like Ecuador and Malawi

We collect Change the World donations weekly for a different organization each month, e.g., ABC House, Meals on Wheels, Man-In-A-Van and Dorothy Day Hospitality House.

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