Outreach & Social Justice

Outreach

Mission

The Mission of St. John’s Outreach Committee is guided by our five core values: Worship, Spirituality, Parish Community, Children & Youth, and Outreach.  Our goals are:

  • To build a year-round parish outreach program that strengthens community life at St. John’sand serves the needs of the poor and disenfranchised.
  • To support individuals, committees, and groups seeking to launch and facilitate projects.
  • To encourage joint efforts with other parishes and organizations seeking to address local concerns as well as national and international needs.

Our high school youth traveled twice to New Orleans and had the privilege of assisting in the re-building of a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and helping in a summer camp program. They also went to the Jersey Shore and helped with the recovery after Super Storm Sandy. In our interim year of 2014, we participated in a mission trip through Team Effort in July. 

Current Projects

Current projects include volunteer activity with:

The men’s shelter is one of many programs operated by the St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation (CDC) which was established in 1990 as the outreach arm of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The CDC annually provides services to thousands of low-income people, with the help of over 300 volunteers and 40 congregations. Its mission is to “alleviate the pervasive conditions of homelessness, unemployment, poverty and illiteracy in the City of Paterson.”

Click here to see a list of frequently asked questions about the men's shelter.

We sometimes provide cash donations to these organizations and to the Episcopal Relief & Development organization. The money is collected through parish dinners, concerts, and donations. 

If you are interested in participating in one of our outreach activities or have an idea for a new one, contact Patty Dreher

Social Justice

St. John's strives to be an inclusive community of faith, transcending age, ability, race/ethnicity, financial means, family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.  We have invested in improvements to reduce physical barriers in our historic buildings, and provide ampliying devices for those with limited hearing at our services.  We are a Believe Out Loud Episcopal Congregation and a Proud Parish Partner of Integrity, the Episcopal Church's principal LGBT organization.  We make our facilities available for a number of community groups to meet.

We have responded with prayer, our time and resources times of crisis such as natural disasters and periods of particular hardship in our community, our nation, and the world, and continue to seek new opportunities to serve.

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 1:
Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless, (MESH) is a local not for profit organization in Montclair, New Jersey.  Its mission since 2005 has been to meet the basic essential needs of its homeless neighbors living on the streets in the Montclair community. Read more
Friday, December 8:
Volunteers provide and serve dinner at the St. Paul’s Men’s Shelter in Paterson on the second Friday of every month. (Click on photo for more information) Read more
Sunday, December 10:
Celebrate Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless by joining us for a Live Music event on Nov. 12. Come see live performance by the Nyack College Chorale. See video selections from last year's concert by clicking https://youtu.be/qrmbRSrBJQk Read more
Friday, December 29:
Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless, (MESH) is a local not for profit organization in Montclair, New Jersey.  Its mission since 2005 has been to meet the basic essential needs of its homeless neighbors living on the streets in the Montclair community. Read more