Select the Ministry Leader Directory from the Quicklinks menu at the top right of any page on our website, and you’ll get an alphabetical listing of all the ministry groups at St. C’s.
St. Columba’s three mission partners are independent nonprofit service organizations in which St. Columba’s played a founding role and to which our parish maintains close ties.
St. Columba’s is a founding partner of this community ministry, which helps the homeless and others in need through its Next Step self-sufficiency program. We collect food each Sunday for the SMGW emergency food closet. We also conduct occasional gift and toiletries drives and provide skills training for participants. St. Columba’s partner parish representatives are Carolyn Donnelly, who coordinates the Sunday food collection (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Phil Graham, who organizes gift collections, event support and training (email@example.com).
For many years, we have collected food at every Sunday service for Samaritan Ministry’s food pantry. Items high in protein (peanut butter, tuna, dry milk, etc.) and “walkalong” things like granola bars, cheese and crackers, and packaged juices are especially helpful. Staples such as cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, and other non-perishables are also welcome. Samaritan Ministry depends on these contributions to feed the hungry in our region. Please add a few items to your cart whenever you shop for groceries. Then bring your food donations with you on Sundays and leave them at the back of the Church Nave or in the Great Hall.
This nonprofit community organization, located across the street from St. Columba’s at 4125 Albemarle Street NW, was founded in 1975 through the efforts of St. Columba’s and two other local churches and is dedicated to enabling older people to live with dignity and independence. Through its professional staff, close collaboration with other organizations and corps of volunteers, Iona provides services and programs designed to meet the needs of seniors and their families. These include information, referrals and an adult day health program. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click to learn more about St. Columba’s Older Adult Ministry.
With its offices and hospitality center located just down the street at 4713 Wisconsin Ave., Friendship Place’s relationship with St. Columba’s began with its very creation in the early 1990s. In addition to daytime hospitality, mentoring and health and social services, Friendship Place provides a full range of housing, from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing. Since 1999, St. Columba’s and Friendship Place have jointly operated The Haven. Today, St. Columba’s is one of 22 partner congregations and is represented on CCHFP’s Board of Directors. In addition to supporting The Haven, parishioners are needed as mentors and as office and hospitality volunteers. For more information, visit cchfp.org or contact the Rev. Rose Duncan (email@example.com).
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