The Community Ministry Committee is focused on the words of Christ to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). We encourage the congregation to support the work of local ministries with time, talents and treasure. The following are our Community Ministry Partners who receive both volunteer and monetary donations from SCAPC:
THE ADEN PROGRAM is a SCAPC ministry offering a safe and caring environment for a loved one experiencing memory care issues. This daytime ministry offers fellowship and activities for the participant while providing peace of mind to the caregiver and allowing the caregiver a time of respite.
CAFÉ RECONCILE is an education and training program for at risk youth ages 16-22 to work in the service industry, with particular emphasis on the restaurant business. CAFE Reconcile is one of NOLA’s best local eateries!
CRESCENT CITY CAFÉ is a twice-monthly breakfast serving homeless and marginalized New Orleanians with dignity and love. Volunteers are largely young adults who seek to connect through service.
EDEN HOUSE is a ministry for women who have survived prostitution, addiction and human trafficking. The home accepts women for two years, free of charge, while providing space for healing, programs for recovery and opportunities for job training.
JLNO DIAPER BANK: The Junior League of New Orleans’ Diaper Bank helps families from the bottom up. Leveraging the strength of the JLNO’s entire membership, this program raises the community’s awareness of the “diaper need,” hosts diaper drives, buys diapers at a highly discounted rate, provides volunteer support for sorting, packing, distributing and storing diapers.
KINSHIP CENTER is a senior day activity center open to those 60 years and older. Various activities, classes, exercise, and a hot lunch are available. The Center’s mission is to provide seniors with an outlet for socialization and mental and physical stimulation as well as aiding in the development of life skills.
LIBERTY’S KITCHEN is a social enterprise dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable New Orleans youth. It provides a path to bright and healthy futures through employability and life skills training and by providing freshly prepared, nutritious meals to school children.
NEW ORLEANS CHARTER SCIENCE AND MATH HIGH SCHOOL is a charter school which provides a rigorous education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to traditionally under-served high school students in Orleans Parish. It is among the very few open-admissions science and math high schools in the country.
NEW ORLEANS MISSION is a homeless shelter providing lodging, job training, food, clothing, adult education, and substance abuse rehab. The Mission serves the largest population of homeless in the metro area.
NEW ORLEANS WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S SHELTER’S mission is to enable women and their children to transition from a life of homelessness and poverty to one of stability and self-sufficiency. They provide for families from diverse backgrounds, including women in all stages of their pregnancy and those with children.
OKRA ABBEY: Part of the PC(USA)’s 1001 Worshipping Communities, this community garden located in West Carrollton/Pigeon Town serves the local community by providing fresh produce to neighbors who have trouble accessing healthy foods, as well as a weekly meal on Wednesdays called “Grace and Greens.”
PROGRAM OF HOPE is a homeless ministry at First Presbyterian Church staffed by volunteers from many churches in greater New Orleans. It provides housing/shelter vouchers, bus tokens, lunches, hygiene items, clothing, counseling, prayer, worship, financial and volunteer support.
RAINTREE CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES is a social service agency giving hope to abandoned, abused or neglected girls through group housing, single family foster care, and developmental disabilities case management.
REBUILDING HOPE IN NEW ORLEANS (RHINO), SCAPC’s homegrown ministry, has grown from a disaster recovery program to a premier mission destination organization for national and international volunteers. RHINO has hosted nearly 9,000 youth and adults as they have volunteered over 208,000 service hours and helped rebuild homes, promoted childhood nutritional health, supported adults with developmental disabilities, fed the homeless, and is currently working on rebuilding and recovery efforts in areas effected by Hurricanes Laura and Ida.
SCAPC CARROLLTON CAMP, a program unique to SCAPC, provides nurturing and enriching sessions over summer break. Activities include art, music, drama, academic enrichment, athletics, and many New Orleans-themed guest speakers and special events.
ST. THOMAS CLINIC: Since 1987, this neighborhood clinic, founded to provide medical care to the poor, is now the largest of its kind. The clinic includes sites which deliver medical care as well as behavioral health support to over 300 patients daily.
START THE ADVENTURE IN READING (STAIR) is a children’s literacy program that provides one-on-one tutoring for at-risk public elementary school students. STAIR-trained volunteer tutors serve second and third grade students in-person and virtually. SCAPC provides funding, operational space, and volunteers.
YMCA EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (YES!) provides educational services for adults in reading and language comprehension and computer literacy.
YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEERS (YAV) is an international volunteer program of PCUSA for young adults. SCAPC sponsors YAV’s who work across multiple sites in the city.
WHITE GIFT is the annual SCAPC gift drive to help children and parents in need. SCAPC members “adopt” a child for Christmas and purchase gifts that address the child’s needs and wants.