Outreach at Holy Innocents
Holy Innocents is, and has always been a generous congregation with all of us, in one way or another, engaging with projects and responding to needs in our surrounding community and in the world. We give thanks for everyone’s many contributions to this vitally important part of our faith life.
Toy Drive: It happens once a year before Christmas. Holy Innocents sponsors over 30 children for our partner Hamilton Families, an organization that helps homeless families in San Francisco. (www.hamiltonfamilies.org)
Toiletries for the Homeless: We gather small toiletry items (small hotel-size soap or shampoo bottles, feminine hygiene products, undergarments, socks, etc…) to be distributed at the Gubbio Project (located at St-John the Evangelist)
Financial help & extras for the Julian Pantry: when asked, we will provide financial help to buy items (like tables) needed by the Julian Pantry (happening every Saturday morning at St-John the Evangelist). We will also do various one-time drives for extra items that clients of the pantry do need (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap…)
Response to Neighborhood Emergencies: We provide help to our neighbors who are experiencing a crisis (for instance after a fire.)
Neighborhood outreach: we have an annual block party in September/October, where we invite our neighbors to join us for good cheers, ice cream, face painting and a few tips about disaster preparedness. We also distribute candy on Halloween to neighborhood kids and provide an altar for their parents, so that they can remember those who have died.
In 2016 & 2017, we have supported
Host neighborhood groups: we rent our space to 12-step programs and youth groups for free or at very low-cost. Every year or every other year, our space is used for a NERT class, which goes on once a week for 6 weeks, to teach disaster preparedness.
Oliva’s Project is an organization that helps educated disabled children in Uganda http://liftupafrica.org/cause-view/the-oliva-project/
Singing Rooster in Haiti creates lasting impact by directly supporting Haitian agriculture and training. Click here to know more about this program. We usually have a sale during Advent
Kiva is a San Francisco based, international micro-lending non-profit. Join our Kiva investment group here!
WE TAKE ACTION!
Sheffield Ministry: on the first Sunday of the month, we take communion and sing to the residents of the Sheffield, a nursing home located on South Van Ness and 22nd Street. We meet there around 2 p.m.
Individual and Community Preparedness: whether it’s an earthquake or something else, disaster can and will strike. We train in NERT and spread the word about what a resilient community needs to weather the Big One. In conjunction with the City’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the Fair Oaks Neighborhood Association, we will become a Neighorhood Support Hub in case of a disaster (earthquake, fire…).
Suicide Prevention Awareness: a team of Holy Innocents marches at the Out of the Darkness walk organized in September by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Faith In Action: we are exploring becoming a Faith In Action parish. Several members have attended training focused on supporting immigrants facing deportation.
Stephen Ministry is a one on one caring lay ministry. If you are going through a rough patch but you feel you do not want to burden your friends too much with your problems, read about Stephen Ministry and contact our clergy to decide whether you would want to meet weekly with a Stephen Ministry for as long as you need to regain balance in your life.