Outreach

For more than 30 years, St. Mary’s parishioners have set-aside 25 percent of our pledged income to Outreach believing it to be central to our faith.

From Leviticus to Corinthians, and throughout Jesus’ life as recorded in the four Gospels, Holy Scripture is filled with examples of mission and outreach. So are the liturgies of the church. Nowhere is this more clear than in the Baptismal Covenant where we affirm that we ‘will seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves.

St. Mary’s and our parishioners assist those in need–from Arlington and into Washington, D.C., overseas in Sudan and Tanzania–in a variety of ways. Assistance takes the form of direct community action, volunteer work, financial support, and leadership.
  • For more information email St. Mary’s Outreach Coordinator: Ned.Leonard@StMarysArlington.org

Parishioner time, talent and funds currently support the following organizations.

Community action

Virginia’s Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) – Co-founded by St. Mary’s in 2008, VOICE is a multi-faith, non-partisan organization dedicated to organizing citizens to bring about social change, such as access to affordable housing, health care and child care in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Food assistance

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) – A community-based, non-profit organization, AFAC provides supplemental groceries to Arlington neighbors in need. St. Mary’s provides Thanksgiving meal bags and food to keep the pantry stocked with essential perishables like eggs, milk, and chicken, and to secure funds for its current facility in Shirlington.

So Others Might Eat (SOME)  – SOME offers an array of services, from meals, showers and medical attention to clothes, toiletries, and access to additional education and career services.  St. Mary’s grants help keep SOME’s doors open so those in need can be fed. Volunteers from St. Mary’s cook and serve breakfast two Mondays a month to as many as 400 people at each sitting.

Healthcare

Arlington Free Clinic – The clinic fills a critical gap in basic medical services to those in need in Arlington and has been supported by St. Mary’s since 1994 through volunteer work, board service, and financial aid – including funds for the clinic’s Nurse Practitioner Program, and more recently, the organization’s mental health program.

Arlington Pediatric Center – The organization provides consistent, comprehensive, affordable, quality health care to children through 18 years of age in Arlington County with family incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Culmore Clinic – Founded by a multi-faith collaborative in 2007, the clinic provides health care access in the Bailey’s Crossroads area including nearly 1,200 patient visits and more than $1.3 million in donated services and time annually.

Housing / Homelessness

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) – Founded in 1989, APAH is a nonprofit developer dedicated to developing, preserving and owning quality affordable housing in Arlington; this is a goal St. Mary’s has supported for years through volunteering, advocacy, and financial aid.

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) – A local non-profit organization, A-SPAN strives to end homelessness in Arlington County through housing and ongoing case management, supportive services including medical, employment, and day programs, shelter and shelter-based support, and street services.

Culpepper Garden – A nonprofit retirement housing community, Culpeper Garden provides low and moderate-income seniors ages 62 and older with an affordable housing option.

Doorways for Women and Families – This organization provides women and families a nurturing, confidential and secure home where they can escape domestic violence and homelessness and receive holistic services that provide the best chance for long-term success.

L’Arche – This inter-denominational Christian community welcomes people of all backgrounds to share life together, centered around four communal homes and 16 members who have intellectual disabilities, known as “core people.”

Rebuilding Together – Coordinated by the St. Joseph’s Ministry at St. Mary’s, this annual event helps an elderly homeowner in Arlington by making accessibility modifications, energy upgrades and critical repairs to the resident’s home.

International partnerships

Carpenter’s Kids – This program in Tanzania ensures that “Carpenter’s Kids” receive a school uniform, a pair of shoes, adequate school supplies and breakfast to enable them to attend primary school.

The Episcopal Church of the Sudan – AFRECS fosters a network of people and organizations interested in assisting and being in a relationship with, our brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan.  St. Mary’s raised monies to help build the Cathedral in the Diocese of Renk.

The Jerusalem

Personal crisis

PRS CrisisLink – Started in 1969, CrisisLink offers 24-hour hotline access to skilled, compassionate listening, as well as comprehensive crisis prevention, intervention and response programs.

Lay Assistance Ministry –  Administered by St. Mary’s parishioners in face-to-face meetings, this program provides applicants with up to $150.00 of emergency financial assistance. Seeking to be more than ‘just another social services agency,’ St. Mary’s partners with other parishes and community organizations (including Arlington County’s Department of Human Services) to provide prayerful support and pastoral counseling in our time with those seeking assistance. The program runs the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month only.

Transitional services

Friends of Guest House – Founded in 1974, Guest House provides female ex-offenders with comprehensive support for a successful transition, including housing – the only program of its kind for women in Northern Virginia.

Jubilee Jobs – The organization is a non-profit, workforce, development group committed to helping the poor, disadvantaged and unemployed in the metro area obtain jobs and guide them in moving beyond poverty toward sustained self-sufficiency.

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington – Founded by 12 Episcopal churches in 1986, the ministry is a community partnership between homeless people and others in need, with support and volunteers from churches, including St. Mary’s, to improve the lives of all. Goals include: promoting awareness of community needs, fostering partnerships at all levels, breaking down barriers imposed by poverty and developing participants’ abilities to help themselves to better lives.

Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) – OAR is a community-based, restorative, justice organization, blending compassion and accountability to assist offenders in leading productive and responsible lives, to the benefit of all.

Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC) – provides assistance to Latino and Latina day laborers using an orderly process for hiring opportunities, assisting with job referrals, and collection of unpaid wages from unscrupulous employers. SEEC provides vocational education, teaches green cleaning techniques, and skills related to construction while teaching English as a second language

Together We Bake – Together We Bake is a comprehensive, workforce training and personal development program for formerly incarcerated women looking for an opportunity in the food industry, from bakers and chefs to marketing and business.

Youth

Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia – Communities in Schools is recognized as the leading dropout prevention program in the country. CIS-NOVA surrounds students in five, targeted elementary, middle, and high schools with a community of support through partnerships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and volunteers to provide food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance, and positive role models.

Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center – The stables seek to raise public awareness about special needs and to provide dynamic learning, recreation, socialization and therapy opportunities for individuals and groups in a farm environment.

YMCA Arlington – The Y puts Christian principles into practice through extensive youth programming that builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The Outreach Committee:

  • Donice Gilliand (Chair)
  • Ned Leonard (Outreach Coordinator)
  • Patty Balestrieri
  • Sue Covucci
  • Mindel de la Torre
  • Margot Ellis
  • Lisa Liebel
  • Suzanne Stroup
  • Grace Stroup (Youth representative)
  • Elizabeth Bruington
  • Paul Douthit
  • Nancy Smith Brooks