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Outreach

Our Philosophy

The work of our social outreach ministries includes a range of programs through which we assist, both directly and indirectly, people in need. It is our goal to develop a comprehensive program from which you choose an area that is important to you.

Our work is directed to the global, national, diocesan and local community. Wherever there is a need, we shall try to respond. In this way, we are a conduit by which we all can reveal Christ’s love to those who are most in need.

We lament with Christ that the poor may very well always be with us. In these programs, we cannot and do not provide comprehensive solutions. Rather, we touch one person or family in need at a time, doing what we are able to do. Join us in reaching out to a community in need—in being a source of assistance to those who so desperately require it.

Hunger Relief

The Cathedral works in partnership with Episcopal Community Services and the Episcopal Hunger Relief Network in an effort to ease the burden of hunger in our community. This partnership involves an annual financial donation to ECS and supporting individual ministries. The following are ways you can become involved in feeding the hungry.

BackSnack Program
Outreach provides food for the weekend for children who are part of the free lunch program in five different schools, across three different school districts. Family Bags are also distributed at the holidays when children are out of school for longer periods of time.

Nourish KC
Nourish KC is a downtown a food kitchen serving breakfast and lunch five days a week to people at 8th and Paseo. Nourish KC currently is working under a model of serving the guests restaurant-style versus a buffet line. Call 816.561.8920 or visit episcopalcommunity.org for more information.

St. Mary’s Pantry and St. Augustine’s Pantry
Outreach supports St. Mary’s food pantry with monthly food donations and provides St. Augustine’s with a quarterly monetary donation to purchase food through Harvester’s food bank.

Children’s Ministries

Diaper Collection for HappyBottoms
The Cathedral provides diapers for children from needy families through three annual diaper drives. Volunteers from the Cathedral also help pack diapers at the HappyBottoms Distribution Center. Visit happybottoms.org for more information.

Foster Care Projects
Assistance is given to children in the foster care system by providing Easter baskets, school supplies, and a Christmas party for children in residence and foster care affiliated with Crittenton’s Children Center, part of St. Luke’s Health Care Systems.

New Americans Program
Outreach provides new school uniforms, winter coats and gloves to refugee children that are new to the United States. Money is also provided to pay the bus fees for these children to take field trips.

Global Birthing Home Foundation—Maison de Naissance (MN)
Maison de Naissance is a birthing home in southwest Haiti that is supported with monetary donations and an annual onesie drive so newborns can go home with a new onesie. For more information, visit globalbirtinghomefoundation.org.

Homeless

Local Shelters
The Cathedral supports non-profits in the Kansas City area through a variety of donations to women’s shelters and transitional living centers. At Sheffield Place, Outreach hosts dinners for the residents, has paper drives and makes donations for needed supplies and equipment. Outreach recently started supporting Restoration House, a shelter for women escaping human trafficking, with a paper drive and hygiene products.

House of Abraham
The Cathedral, in partnership with the interfaith community including Christians, Jews and Muslims, participate in a Habitat for Humanity project rehabbing inter-city homes for deserving families.

International

Episcopal Relief and Development
Most recently the Cathedral has made donations for disaster relief, both nationally and internationally, as well as purchasing farm animals for people in developing countries; supported clean water initiatives and the building of wells; and supported women’s and newborn’s health in developing countries.

El Hogar School in Honduras
The Cathedral provides scholarships, as well as hygiene and clothing items.

Special Projects

The Cathedral is always investigating ways to grow outreach in the community. In the past, the Social Outreach Committee has responded to those affected by natural disasters, rebuilding of churches that faced catastrophes, local Habitat for Humanity projects, as well as providing financial support to several community projects. We are always open to supporting new ministries and causes. Is there an outreach project you want to see the Cathedral support? Contact the Cathedral office, office@kccathedral.org, and let us know.

How can I help?

Pray

Pray for those involved with the Cathedral’s social outreach ministries and for those who need our help.

Give your time

Interested in helping with a ministry? Contact the Cathedral office at office@kccathedral.org or 816.474.8260.

Give Financially

Donate online or mail donations to:
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 West 13th Street
Kansas City MO 64105-1350
Memo Social Outreach on your check.

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