The parish actively supports the community through a variety of outreach programs:
Food, personal hygiene supplies and other items are continuously collected in the church and parish house to support the Alliance Against Family Violence and Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope, the city’s principle activities serving the homeless and underprivileged. The parish also participates in a community wide initiative to provide free hot meals to all who can benefit from them, serving some 500 hot meals every second Saturday of each month.
The parish also supports Kids’ Connection, a collaborative outreach with other local churches to provide a safe after school environment for local children. Help with homework as well as an afterschool snack is provided.
Backpack Buddies, strives to provide weekend food supplies for children on the free and reduced lunch program. Parents sign their children up for the program and then the children are given a backpack of food on Fridays with enough food to feed them for the weekend.
Under the Haitian Episcopal Learning Partnerships (HELP), the parish has been partnered with the congregation of Saint Hillaire in the village of Petit Rivere in the Torbeck region, on the southwestern coast of the island, for the past two decades. St. Paul’s has paid the salaries for the teachers at the school and collected school supplies for both teachers and students. Members of our parish have also participated in annual medical mission trips to the region. Along with the other parishes in HELP, our goals include learning from each other and mutual encouragement in our faith. Issues in accounting for funds in Haiti have caused us to temporarily ‘step back’ from this ministry for the present but we are hopeful that we can reinstate our activities in the not-too-distant future.
Fibers of Faith is a group of crafters in the parish who knit or crochet prayer shawls, lap blankets, baby blankets and other items for parishioners and others in the community. This group also makes hand-crafted cards for our parish card ministry.
On the second Sunday of each month, a second offering is donated to support the many outreach activities listed above as well as LAWS (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society), PALS (run by Council on Aging to provide pet food for those with fixed incomes), and Vet Buddies (providing pet care while veteran’s undergo surgery at the VA).
The church maintains an extensive collection of medical devices (walkers, shower chairs, etc) and home health supplies available, free of charge, to members of the parish and community.