An important part of the parish's mission is our attempt to reach out, thru ministry, to members of our parish, the local community and the world at large. We have several ministries to help us accomplish this aspect of our mission. The parish assists several charitable and humanitarian organizations, including:
Since 1988, Project Mexico has involved young American volunteers in alleviating suffering by building homes for Mexico's poor. In 1996 Project Mexico's outreach expanded with the opening of St. Innocent Orphanage in Tijuana. The orphanage provides a safe and secure home for teenage boys who would otherwise be living on the streets. Each Christmas we send gifts to the boys of the orphanage. Over the years, several parishioners have served as volunteers building homes and assisting at the orphanage.
International Orthodox Christian Charities
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) helps people move from desperate circumstances to hope and economic self-sufficiency. In Eastern Europe and the Balkans, IOCC is providing loans for small businesses, tractors and seeds for farmers, and empowering communities through capacity building with local organizations. In the Holy Land, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Ethiopia, IOCC provides job skills training and job creation, school building and repair, child nutrition programs, educational training, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Each year we assemble educational and medical packets for distribution by IOCC. We also provide funding through an annual charitable appeal.
Orthodox Christian Mission Center
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) helps create vibrant Orthodox Christian communities throughout the world by recruiting, training and sending missionaries to preach, teach, baptize and minister to the poor, hungry, sick, suffering and orphaned. OCMC supports the development of indigenous leaders and the strengthening of local churches. Our Adult Fellowship contributes support for a priest in Africa. Several members of our parish have served as volunteers on short term mission trips.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) supports student groups on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith. OCF works to nurture and strengthen love for Jesus Christ and His Church in its fullness at this most critical juncture of human life. The parish contributes annually to support programs of the OCF. College students from the parish are active OCF members on their local campus.
Orthodox Youth Outreach
Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO) is a ministry of the Archdiocese Youth Department which has been designed to provide local parishes and youth workers with the resources necessary to involve junior and senior high students in local community service and short-term missions' projects. The program encourages our youth to live out their faith through service to others. OYO provides opportunities for youth to get involved with outreach at different levels and help them grow into positions of leadership. Our TEENS participate in local OYO service projects including working with the homeless. Members of the parish have worked on extended OYO projects.
Food for Hungry People
Food for Hungry People (FFHP) is the official humanitarian appeal of the Antiochian Archdiocese. As a Lenten Project, FFHP is participated in by all the parishes of the Archdiocese through the distribution of Alms Boxes to every household. Since its beginning in the 1970's it had distributed several million dollars to worthy organizations and charities across North America. FFHP also sponsors the annual World Food Day appeal.
World Food Day
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations designates 16 October of each year as World Food Day. The right to food is the inherent human right of every woman, man, girl and boy, wherever they live on this planet. Participation in World Food Day demonstrates increasing recognition by the international community of the important role of human rights in eradicating hunger and poverty, and hastening and deepening the sustainable development process. Our Teen SOYO collects and distributes over 3,000 pounds of food at Thanksgiving and Christmas as our response to World Food Day.
Boston Rescue Mission
The Boston Rescue Mission aids the homeless and poor of Greater Boston by assisting women and men in confronting and overcoming the root causes of homelessness. To this end, the Mission provides basic life necessities such as food and shelter as well as social service programs. The goal is to provide the homeless and poor with the support, training, and resources necessary to sustain independent self-sufficient living for a lifetime. Volunteers from our parish assist the Boston Rescue Mission by providing, preparing and serving meals for the homeless several times each year.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House believes that homelessness is an experience, not an identity. It provides a safe, caring, respectful, and dignified refuge for the homeless. Its basic and rehabilitative services overlap and build on one another to provide its guests with continuous and comprehensive care. St. Francis House establishes relationships based on hope and trust, forming a stable foundation from which the homeless can move beyond their circumstances and rebuild their lives. Our parish has a 'partner' relationship with St. Francis House and supports it's mission with a coat and clothing drive each year.
Rosie's Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, offering both emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn. Rosie's Place is committed to welcoming each guest with respect and unconditional love. Rosie's Place accepts no government funds, and relies instead on committed volunteers and private supporters to accomplish its effective and innovative work. As a local supporter of Rosie's Place the parish donates the use of our kitchen and church hall for their annual fund raiser.
Children's Relief Fund
The Children's Relief Fund is a program of the Antiochian Archdiocese that provides financial assistance to needy families in Lebanon and the Middle East. Children of these families are sponsored by individuals, organizations and parishes of the Archdiocese. In addition to the support provided, the agency also arranges for adoptions. We are proud that parishioners of St. George, our Adult Fellowship and our Ladies Society sponsor needy children thru this fund. Additionally we have a family who adopted a child from Lebanon thru the Children's Relief Fund.
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