[From Laura Howell, rector]
Our list is incomplete, because of the short lead time, but here is what we came up with. A number of our efforts were spun off and are now their own independent groups:
Ministries of Trinity Episcopal Church (Bethlehem)
Our oldest is Trinity Soup Kitchen, operating for 32 years and currently feeding over 150 meals a day Monday through Fri. Our soup kitchen guests also have the services of our social worker to help them access resources available to them, as well as providing personal items such as shampoo, soap,razors, socks, etc., and over the counter medications. A reduction in funding and the inability to broaden our funding base in the current economy is causing a threat to the services provided by this strong hold of community and outreach in Bethlehem.
From the soup kitchen, has sprung our family support program providing baby supplies every Monday to those in need.
Trinity was the beginning source of an ecumenical emergency winter shelter system that now involves many Bethlehem churches, including two Episcopal churches. It is now an independent program under the supervision of its own board.
A crafters' group that creates cancer caps; lap blankets for nursing homes; children's soft toys, blankets, sweaters, hats, scarves and mittens for moms and babies of the VNA Nurse Family Partnership.
The quilters' ministry makes baby quilts for the VNA Nurse Family Partnership.
Trinity supported the building of one of the schools in the diocese of Kajo Keji in the Sudan, and is now raising funds for school supplies.
Trinity also assisted AIDS orphans, HIV-AIDS health projects, and agricultural education in Swaziland. This project was closed due to problems in the country.
Northeast Ministries, a ministry located in our local housing project area, also long independent, began at Trinity.
Victory House, a shelter for veterans and drug and alcohol clients of Northampton County, also had it's beginning at Trinity and has been independent for many years.
The Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley had its beginnings at Trinity and is now independent.
We offer hospitality to several AA groups. AA meets 6 days a week here, twice a day on some days.
A housing minstry had to close due to a lack of funding to maintain and repair the property.
A dental program, prescription assistance program, rent assistance and bus pass program have had to stop due to cuts in funding.