Ways To Serve
In the Community
United Methodists believe that faith and good works belong together and love of God is always linked to love of neighbor. Reaching out to those who need extra help, support or attention in our city and extended community is an important part of our ministry. St. Stephen's participates and works with several local organizations committed to providing food, shelter, clothing, counseling, supplies and services to those most in need. Project Share, The Storehouse, Family Promise of Albuquerque (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network), Asbury Pie Cafe -- these are just a few of the organizations St. Stephen's supports!
We serve at Project Share on every 5th Friday. Project Share is an organization serving Albuquerque's homeless and low-income population with a hot meal most nights of the week. They also provide (and always need) these travel-size items: toothbrushes, hygiene products, and shampoo. In addition, many of the homeless and low-income people Project Share serve also have a rescued dog as a cherished companion, and Project Share collects donations of dry dog food for these pets as well. Click here to learn more. Please drop off donations to the church kitchen and label them, “For Project Share.” If you have questions or would like to serve at this soup kitchen the next time St. Stephen's is scheduled, please contact Al Korber.
ASBURY PIE CAFE
Every September during the New Mexico State Fair, St. Stephen's partners with other local UM churches to assemble, bake, and serve pies at the Asbury Pie Cafe. (Details are posted at the beginning of July each year.) All training provided!
The Storehouse serves Albuquerque’s neediest families and individuals, and St. Stephen's is proud to have partnered with this amazing foodbank for many, many years! Items that are always needed are macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and Ramen Noodles. The Storehouse also provides free dog and cat food to help families keep their pets, instead of surrendering them to animal shelters because they can’t afford to buy dog or cat food. Donations can be dropped off into the large metal crate located in Fellowship Hall. Click here to visit The Storehouse website!
Family Promise of Albuquerque is a local, as well as a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which works alongside people in religious congregations and community organizations to assist the growing number of homeless families within the Albuquerque community achieve and sustain independence.
Host congregations provide accommodations for families for a week at a time on site. Families rotate to different sites, while participating in the program for 30 to 90 days. The host congregation furnishes clean, safe, overnight lodging and two meals a day.
St. Stephen's is a host congregation for FPA families. We will next host families Sept. 18-25, 2016.
SY JACKSON READING PARTNERS
We have had a long-standing partnership with our close neighbor SY Jackson Elementary School, and this year they are again in need of "reading partners." Do you have an hour or two of time each week to invest in the life of an elementary school child? Please click here to learn more.
EHS EAGLE CLOSET
Eldorado High School is collecting clothing, food, and monetary donations for its “Eagle Closet.” This closet has been in existence for five years, designed to help assist not only the EHS student population but also anyone in need. Click here to learn more.
CONFERENCE MISSION PROJECTS
New Mexico Annual Conference adopted several incredible mission projects this year.