SMILE — (Food pantry and thrift store) SMILE is an acronym for "Service Makes Individual Lives Exciting." Volunteers from many churches and organizations in southern Calvert County operate a food pantry and thrift store (located on the MIddleham & St. Peter's property next to the parish hall) to provide food, clothing and other forms of assistance and support to those in need. SMILE also distributes Holiday Baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas to those in need. Many parishioners from Middleham and St. Peter's are volunteers and serve on the Board of Directors. For more information, please contact the parish office at 410-326-4948.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity — The Mission of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is to have a significant impact on our community by bringing people from all walks of life together in helping their neighbors in need to realize better lives by providing decent, affordable housing in both Calvert and St. Mary's Counties.
Project ECHO, Inc. — This is a nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to homeless people in our community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. ECHO offers a safe, sober place to stay overnight to homeless men, women, and children on a short-term basis.
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) —
ERD provides emergency assistance in times of disaster; rebuilds devastated communities and offers long-term program development solutions to fight poverty.
The Baltimore International Seafarers' Center
The Baltimore International Seafarers' Center — is an ecumenical ministry serving crews of commercial ships docked in the Port of Baltimore. It was founded in 1993 by an Episcopal deacon, The Rev. Ed Munro and his wife Barbara Munro. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland continues to provide leadership and support to the Center. The International Seafarers' Center and its volunteers assist the seafarers with Center hospitality, clerical tasks and other help; some volunteers visit the ships to offer phone cards, cell phones, newspapers in several languages, Bibles, transportation to stores or the center, or sometimes just a listening ear. Father David has designated that half of the offering received at the Celebration of New Ministry service on November 23 be donated to the International Seafarers' Center in Baltimore.
Calvert Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels — A Non-profit, volunteer organization, serving Calvert County, Maryland. The purpose of Calvert Meals on Wheels is threefold:
1. To provide one hot, home-delivered meal, five days a week, to those who, due to illness, advanced age, or disability are unable to provide proper meals for themselves.
2. To enable the homebound to live independently as long as possible.
3. To relieve the isolation and loneliness of the homebound.
Calvert Hospice — Providing care in Calvert County since 1984
Hospice believes that each of us matters to the very last day of our lives. The quality of those last days can be enhanced with compassionate medical management and multidisciplinary support.
Patients are supported in living their final months, weeks and days amid familiar surroundings, pain-free, in dignity, with their loved ones and friends.
Hospice appreciates that the death of a loved one brings grief to the family. Hospice supports families and loved ones in coping with the sadness and pain of bereavement.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child — A program directed by Samaritan's Purse, the following text is from their website. Dedicated volunteers work year-round to promote and pray for Operation Christmas Child. Teams of people are coming together around the country to serve in the specific areas of prayer, church relations, community relations, media relations, and shoe box collection. Opportunities are available to use your gifts in these areas. Because of the tremendous response from people like you, more than 8 million shoe box gifts were collected last year. These gifts have been distributed worldwide to share the love of Jesus Christ and the joy of Christmas with hurting boys and girls. Together with you and the more than 100,000 dedicated volunteers in the U.S., we know we can accomplish even more this year. There are several ways you can participate. Click on the blue link above to visit the site and find out what it is about, then join us at Middleham and Saint Peters on this wonderful project.
Mission Trips — Past experiences include Katrina missions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Lakota mission trips to South Dakota, mission trips to La Resurrection School, Gros Morne, Haiti and Appalachian mission trips to The Highland Project, Welch, West Virginia.
Safe Nights — Safe nights is a program dedicated to protecting the homeless from the cold by providing shelter in a clean and safe environment. In Calvert County, several faith organizations offer one or more weeks of shelter providing meals and shelter supported by volunteers in the parish.
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