Our outreach programs make Christ visible in God’s community by providing opportunities for members of our parish and the community to learn about and work to meet the needs of others locally, nationally, and internationally. For questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power PACKS is a ministry that provides packs of non-perishable foods to Hickory Tavern Elementary and Middle School. These packs are anonymously given to children in need, providing nutrition to the kids over the weekend. Members donate food, pack the food and deliver. For more information about specific needs, see our list here.
In any month with a fifth Sunday, Holy Cross members serve lunch at Project Host, a soup kitchen in downtown Greenville. Founded in 1981 by local church and lay leaders distressed at the hunger and poverty in Greenville, Project Host offers a balanced, nutritious meal in a safe, clean, and loving environment to all who are hungry. This program serve about 150 people each day Sunday through Friday.
Shared Blessings Tree
Every year, we display a Christmas tree at Holy Cross, decorated with ornaments that list the needs and wishes of local families. Our parishioners choose an ornament and then fill that need.
Souper Bowl of Caring
This national movement uses the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need. Each year on Super Bowl Sunday, our youth collect donations to be given to a local charity of their choice.
Holy Cross Ministry Partners
Holy Cross Ministry Partners is a mission of Holy Cross Episcopal Church to go beyond the boundaries of the church property and into the surrounding community. As we work together intentionally and relationally with our community partners we experience what it means to be in active Christian community. Holy Cross walks with its partners into the world to mutually support one another where called to be an instrument of God’s healing Grace. In this way we are truly making “Christ Visible in God’s Community.”
Here is a list and brief description of our Holy Cross Ministry Partners for 2018:
Center for Community Services (CCS)
CCS is a multiservice center serving the Golden Strip area of Southern Greenville County. They offer easy access to human services, and cultural and educational activities. CCS, is a center of community, where individuals are working towards self-sufficiency, and where people who care come together to strengthen the community as a whole. CCS provides many direct services, including case management, orientation and referrals, and family programming for parents and their children: CCS serves 7,000 families annually.
Friends of the Little White House
A skill building center for children on the Autism Spectrum, providing parent support and training; one on one therapy, social skills groups and a Montessori/Applied Behavior Analysis classroom.
Greenville Literacy Association
The Greenville Literacy Association provides quality adult education in a flexible and comfortable environment. It is our goal to provide affordable and effective help for all people – no matter what your income or education level. English as a Second Language classes help international adults learn to speak, read and write English.
Greenville Free Clinic
The Greenville Free Clinic promotes wellness by providing compassionate, quality medical and dental care, health education and prescription medications to eligible low-income, uninsured Greenville County residents.
Habitat for Humanity
Through the work of Habitat for Humanity, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all. The Golden Strip Church Coalition is a group of churches working together to bring Habitat homes to this community. The positive effects of this work is transformative for individuals and communities alike. Habitat for Humanity serves 30 families annually in our area.
James Monroe Mission House
The James Monroe Mission House, located in Fountain Inn, feeds the hungry of the Golden Strip area and provides clothing with their pantry and closet that is open on Mondays each week. They are closely tied to Harvest Hope food bank and they were founded by a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Without this ministry a large number of people in the Golden Strip would go without essential food and clothing. The James Monroe Mission House serves 8,000 people annually.
“Just Say Something” (formerly Greenville Family Partnership)
Founded in 1984, Just Say Something equips youth and families with resources and services that positively impact their health and well-being and raising drug free youth by providing accessible, accurate information and education and resources to families.
Upstate Warrior Solution
Upstate Warrior Solution provides face-to-face services to veterans from all branches of the military within five upstate counties. Services focus on mentorship and connection to support resources. There are approximately 10,000 post-911 veterans in this area. Their areas of operation include: Outreach, Healthcare, Education/Career, Housing/Financial and Family Support. Veterans re-entering society are a great untapped resource for our community. Every one of them has been changed in some way by their service to our country. Upstate Warrior Solutions serves 3,000 people annually.
Holy Cross International Ministry Partners
Cameron and Roberto Vivanco
Cameron and Roberto are missionaries in Ecuador. Cameron is from North Carolina and was a youth minister in Spartanburg for five years. Roberto was born and raised in Quito. The Vivancos now work under the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders and International Teams, a ministry that in Ecuador is known as Youth World. They work to identify, train, and equip leaders to impact young people and their families to be disciples of Christ. Cameron directs Youth World’s Short-Term Ministries Department and oversees the Education Equals Hope scholarship program in Quito. In 2014, Holy Cross sent a team of youth and adults on a short-term mission to work alongside Cristo Liberador, an Episcopal church outside of Quito. Another mission is being planned for the summer of 2016.
Education Equals Hope
This non-profit organization provides for the education of children in desperate and difficult places. E=H brings hope to children in Ecuador, Haiti, Uganda, and Kenya by providing an education and spiritual mentoring, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and impact the next generation. In 2015, two of our parishioners went on a vision trip to witness the work E=H is a part of in Ecuador. We also have a representative on the E=H board of directors. You can sponsor a child’s education for just $32 a month.