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.
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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.
The following local organizations, which each received a portion of the $33,350 given away after our 2014 Pumpkin Patch, are our ministry partners for 2015:
Center for Community Services (CCS)
CCS is a multiservice center serving the Golden Strip area of southern Greenville County. CCS offers easy access to human services and cultural and educational activities. CCS provides many direct services, including case management, orientation and referrals, and family programming for parents and their children. CCS serves 7,000 families each year.
Fountain Inn Kids Enrichment Center (FIKE)
FIKE strives to create a safe, healthy and caring environment for children. This organization teaches children to work hard, forgive quickly, respect authority, and love everyone. FIKE works with Fountain Inn Elementary to provide students with free, quality after-school care and works with the school to match students with a caring and dedicated mentor. The after-school and mentoring programs give attention, love, guidance, and support to vulnerable children in our community. FIKE serves 50 children annually.
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 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.
Holy Cross Academy
Holy Cross Academy is licensed by the Greenville County Department of Social Services and has been providing quality childcare to children in the upstate for more than 30 years. Located in downtown Simpsonville, the Academy provides full-time care for children ages 6 weeks through fifth grade. Holy Cross Academy serves 125 children and their families annually.
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 a pantry and closet that is open every Monday. Closely tied to Harvest Hope food bank, the Mission House was founded by a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Without this ministry, many people in the Golden Strip would go without essential food and clothing. The James Monroe Mission House serves 8,000 people annually.
Little Steps provides a non-judgmental environment of encouragement and accountability for teen and young parents in Greenville County. Little Steps offers classes, peer groups, one-on-one mentoring, and parent-child enrichment activities. Little Steps serves 200 young mothers each year.
Kairos Outside ministers to women who are related to incarcerated men within the South Carolina prison system. The program puts on two retreats per year at no expense to the participants. There are also quarterly reunion groups. The ministry brings the gospel into the brokenness that appears when a male family member is imprisoned. The goal is to create support and community in the name of Christ. Karios Outside serves 150 women annually.
Safe Harbor’s goal is to eliminate domestic violence and create a culture of healthy relationships in the Upstate of South Carolina. Safe Harbor is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in the upstate of South Carolina, offering safe emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and transitional housing, as well as community outreach and teen dating violence education in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee counties. Safe Harbor serves 1,000 women annually.
Santa Cruz is an outreach of Holy Cross to our Hispanic brothers and sisters through worship, ministry, and fellowship. A Spanish-language worship service is celebrated every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Santa Cruz is a growing community that now serves about 25 families.
Synergy Garden provides a healthy, sustainable, and affordable food supply for the community. Located on the campus of the Center for Community Services, the garden is a partnership between CCS and the Greenville County Farm Bureau. The garden gives volunteers an opportunity to build community and be part of a collective effort. The idea behind the garden is that volunteers share the fresh produce, and much of it is donated to the on-site food bank. Each year, the garden serves 2,100 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. About 10,000 post-911 veterans live in this area. The areas of operation include outreach, healthcare, education and career services, housing and financial assistance, 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
L’Ecole Bon Sauveur in Cange, Haiti
Our Women to Women group is making Christ visible in God’s Community through prayer and financial assistance to the women and children of Cange, Haiti by empowering them through education. All funds go through Episcopal Relief and Development and directly to those in need. Funds are used to build schools, buy supplies, and pay salaries. Women to Women hosts several fundraisers throughout the year, including an Italian dinner, a tea, and a used book sale.
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.