Service Projects

We reach out to others in Christ’s name

At St. Stephen’s, all members of the congregation are ministers serving God and our World, both within and outside the parish, as best suits their individual gifts. To see which ministries best suit you, review the descriptions below. Then, contact the Church Office at 661-259-7307, so that a ministry leader can be directed to provide you with more information and an invitation to come and join their rewarding work.

 

Laundry Love Angel Tree
Angel Interfaith Network Blood Drive (with UCLA)
Black & White Auction Family Promise
Episcopal Relief & Development Bridge to Home Homeless Shelter
Food Pantry Project Share the Grace
OneSight Used Eyeglass Ministry  

LaundryLove

Once each month (currently on the first Wednesday), St. Stephen’s volunteers gather at a local Laundromat to assist folks in our greater community with their laundry needs. Volunteers are always welcome at this very useful/practical ministry, which is typically held in the early evening. Donations of Quarters for the machines as well as laundry supplies are gladly accepted at church beforehand.

Watch for timely announcements each month!

 

Angel Tree

Part of a national program, “Prison Fellowship Ministries,” this seasonal ministry gathers and distributes Christmas gifts to the children of prisoners in Southern California.


Angel Interfaith Network

Founded in 1988, Angel Interfaith Network provides a compassionate response to urgent needs of patients and families served by Los Angeles County. Composed of faith groups, civic organizations, businesses and individuals, AIN responds to referrals from chaplains, social workers and medical staff. We personally deliver infant clothing and furniture and provide emergency food, shelter, transportation, moving assistance and community resource contacts to help people cope with the crisis of hospitalization.

Angel Interfaith Network is a tax-exempt charitable organization which relies on “like new” donations from the generous members of St. Stephen’s Church, the parents of our Pre-School, and our expanding local network of generous donors, all of which have donated nearly $200,000 of “like new” clothing, furniture and furnishings through 2009. We have enabled AIN to assist many needy families during our 10 years of involvement with AIN. With thanks to the generosity of our very own SAGES, the Chaplains in the Department of Pastoral Care are able to provide Bedside Bags to the poor and/or homeless patients.

If you can, we are in urgent need of the following items:

We have seen the miracles resultant from the generous donations of our parish families. If you can donate “like new” infant to pre-teen clothing, shoes, furniture, furnishings, small toys/games, infant toiletries and disposable diapers, car seats, strollers, etc. or if you can make a tax-deductible contribution to AIN to assist us to purchase scrip for food, pay for transportation to obtain medical care, assist with utility bills, please call Coordinator, Malcolm Blue at 661-254-6010.


Black & White Auction
Fund Raiser auctionNormally held every other year (odd-numbered years), this fun event offers three auction types: live, silent and chance. Items offered for auction are provided by parish members as well as donations from the wider community. Volunteers are always needed for this gala event, so please contact the church office at (661) 259-7307 if you are interested in helping with this important fund-raiser.fund raiser auction


Blood Drive (with UCLA)

Sponsored by UCLA, our tri-annual Blood Drives each generate about 28 pints of blood.

We need volunteer assistance at each Blood Drive to greet and sign in the donors. We need people prior to each Drive to enlist and sign up donors.

Be A Life Saver – Donate a Pint of your Blood!

56 days are needed between each donation, so save your blood for St. Stephen’s.

To volunteer as a donor or to assist, please contact the church office but DROP-IN DONORS are also more than welcome, so please come and invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates and family members. Your single blood donation can save as many as three lives!


Episcopal Relief & Development

This program of the national Episcopal Church works with other Anglican Churches and ecumenical organizations in communities around the world to save lives through emergency relief and rebuilding after disasters, and on-going efforts to provide food security and primary health care, including HIV/AIDS, to needy populations. St. Stephen’s is proud to be the local partner in these endeavors, and takes up special collections as needed to support ERD’s work throughout the year.


Family Promise

Family Promise is a nonprofit, non-denominational national organization committed to helping low-income families achieve independence. This is done by providing temporary safe shelter, meals and job/educational support services. There are 25 host & support congregations in the Santa Clarita Valley who have trained hundreds of willing and compassionate volunteers and who are graciously serving families with meals, transportation, and hospitality.

St. Stephen’s, together with our support congregations, SCV Unitarian-Universalists & Living Faith Lutheran Church, have over 60 volunteers helping in a variety of ways during our weeks of Family Promise hosting. We shared Spurling Hall with many families during four host weeks in 2011-2012.

Many families have graduated from the program and have gone on to secure, stable jobs and/or safe housing; a few other families have transitioned out of our program, but gotten back in touch to say “thank you” for the care they received that led them to important next steps on their journeys.

Congregational liaison: Tracy Stapp


Food Pantry

St. Stephen’s collect food items for distribution to those in need through two venues: the Santa Clarita Food Pantry located on Railroad Ave. in Newhall and the Lutheran Church of Hope food pantry located on Soledad Canyon Rd. in Canyon Country. Members of the parish are asked to bring fresh (not outdated) food items with them on Sundays or anytime. We seek canned food (no glass), cereal, pastas, paper goods, soaps, personal hygiene items, etc. Place them in the marked food gathering basket in the Narthex or the marked shopping cart near the kitchen adjacent to Spurling Hall.


Bridge to Home Homeless Shelter

St. Stephen’s members support the Bridge to Home Winter Homeless Shelter with hundreds of volunteer hours, including responsibility for two weeks’ of shelter volunteer and dinner preparation sign-ups, as well as thousands of dollars of cash and in-kind donations. The Santa Clarita Community Development Corp. (SCCDC) operates the Shelter, which offers food, clothing, showers, and a safe place to sleep for an average of about 35 men and women per night from December through March 15. All Shelter clients are required to adhere to a strict set of rules including prohibitions against drugs, alcohol, weapons, profanity, and abusive conduct.

As determined in early 2002 by a study by the City’s Homelessness Advisory Task Force, nearly half of the homeless population of the Santa Clarita Valley are children. Through the SCCDC’s “Family Aid Program,” people with children are kept together as a family and provided with temporary accommodations at a local motel. An average of about four families per night, with children ranging from infants to early teens are assisted in the Family Aid Program.
All Shelter clients can (and those in the Family Aid Program are required to) access “case management” services addressing the root causes of homeless on an individual basis for each client. SCCDC case managers are on duty at the Shelter at least five nights per week, and Lutheran Social Services provides daytime assistance and follow-up. The case managers help the access and follow programs to break the cycle of homelessness – whether the need is for job training, substance abuse treatment, or other types of counseling. In addition, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health sends counselors at least weekly, and private physicians and dentists have donated their time to assess medical issues for clients and treat or refer clients with such needs.

For further information on the Shelter, or to donate by credit card, visit us online at Bridge To Home

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OneSight Used Eyeglass Ministry

During 2011, over 350 used eye wear (prescription and non-prescription glasses and sunglasses, lenses and cases) were collected in the red box on top of the piano in Spurling Hall and taken to a local Lens Crafters store, who in partnership with the Lion’s Club, arranged to have them repaired and refurbished to provide restored eyewear free to needy folks around the world through their GIFT OF SIGHT Program.
Thank you for participating in this ministry for the blind and vision impaired.


Project Share the Grace

Supplies need school materials to children in need through the area on a continual basis. We collect (new) puzzles, paper, crayons, pencils, play dough, glue sticks, notebooks, games, etc. for distribution. Age-appropriate children’s books are also most welcome. Clearly marked collection containers are located in Spurling Hall.

 

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