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To be Jesus’s heart, hands and feet

Outreach

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another

1 Peter 4:10

Core to our Vision at Calvary is the belief that we must act as Jesus’ hands, feet, and heart in the world, humbly collaborating with our neighbors to realize beloved community. One way that we bring that vision to life is through our various Outreach Ministries. These diverse and outward-facing ministries provide ample opportunities for us to live into our Baptismal Covenant which calls us to “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” and to “love our neighbors as ourselves.”

Whether gathering gifts for children in need at Christmastime, preparing and serving meals for our unhoused neighbors, or raising money for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, we believe that God has equipped each of us to make a significant difference in our community. At Calvary, we are convinced that in giving, we receive abundantly. To that end, we invite you to prayerfully consider how the Spirit might be calling you to join us in the sacred work of building the God’s Kingdom on earth.

During this time of COVID, we are working to ensure that all of our ministries are carried out safely and efficiently. To learn more about our ministries, or to give of your time, talent, or treasure, contact our Curate, Rev. Olivia Hamilton, at olivia@calvaryclifton.org.

Our current outreach ministries:

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Bethany House

Bethany House’s mission is to empower homeless and at-risk families with the solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency. Bethany House Services (BHS) provides housing, education and assistance to homeless families in the Greater Cincinnati area, including Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. Holistic services address a family’s current needs and seek to prevent repeat episodes of homelessness. BHS provides both direct services and advocates for systemic change for homeless individuals. In addition to supporting BHS through planned financial giving, Calvary also helps BHS’ families by collecting “Bethany basics” such as school supplies in the fall and home goods at other times throughout the year.

Time commitment: none

Caracole
Caracole provides HIV prevention and testing services for the Cincinnati area community, and affordable housing and case management services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The organization is supported by Calvary, but for volunteer services, please contact Caracole directly.

Time commitment: varies

El Hogar Ministry
El Hogar de Amor e Esperanza, “The Home of Love and Hope,” is a home and school for abandoned children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and a place of active outreach for churches in this diocese. During the summer, volunteers from Calvary visit and work on the infrastructure of El Hogar, make friends, and provide hope and love to the children there.

Time commitment: Based on mission trip schedule

Habitat for Humanity
Calvary members have participated for several years in helping to build homes for the Habitat for Humanity organization. The homes are built by volunteers and by the family members who will live in the home.

Time commitment: Based on your ability; need to be 16 years or older to be on the build site. Volunteers are also needed to prepare and deliver boxed lunches for Habitat volunteers.

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Lighthouse Youth Services
The mission of Lighthouse Youth & Family Services is to empower young people and families to succeed through a continuum of care that promotes healing and growth. At Christmastime, Calvary supports Lighthouse by collecting gift cards for young people in need.

Time commitment: none

Interfaith Hospitality Network
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of Greater Cincinnati is a social service organization that works with families experiencing homelessness to find and retain stable housing and rebuild their lives. It is unique in that it keeps families together during their time of homeless rather than separating them. Churches rotate providing sleeping space from 5:00 pm until 7:00 am the following morning. Other churches provide help by bringing dinner, keeping company during the evening, and providing overnight supervision at the host church. Calvary participates by offering one evening/night of service each time IHN families are hosted by Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati.

Time commitment: Depends on what you sign up for, whether cooking dinner, or evening host (5:00-8:00 pm) or overnight host (8:00pm to 7:00am next morning, most of it sleeping).

St. Andrews Food Pantry
Calvary Church enjoys a collegial relationship with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the Evanston neighborhood of Cincinnati. One of our shared ministries is with St. Andrew’s’ food pantry. A bin for collecting food is located in Hannaford Hall, and each month, specific foods are requested. Bring the food to church, place it in the bin, and the provisions are collected regularly and delivered to St. Andrew’s, to be distributed to people in need in that neighborhood.

Time commitment: none

Tender Mercies

Tender Mercies is an organization that provides housing and supportive services for homeless persons with histories of mental illness. They transform the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place these people can call home. On the last Sunday of the month, in late afternoon, a group of Calvary people will go downtown to Tender Mercies to deliver food that they have cooked to the residents at that shelter.

Time commitment: 4:00-6:00pm to serve, varied time to prepare meal

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The “Homeless Jesus” sculpture (seen above) is a visual representation of Matthew 25. The sculpture suggests that Christ is with the most marginalized in our society. The Christ figure is shrouded in a blanket with His face covered with the only indication that the figure is Jesus being the visible wounds on the feet.

This work of art can raise awareness of the marginalized, challenge and inspire society to be more compassionate and charitable and to act upon that inspiration. It can also lift the spirits of the marginalized as well so that they might see Christ within themselves. All of this, for centuries to come.