Covenant House - Among Trinity's Outreach Efforts

Outreach, Covenant House, Ministry,

The Outreach Ministry is enriches the lives of parishioners and those we serve and support, both locally and globally. 

Outreach contributes to local organizations such as the Ambulance, Police, and Fire departments of Allendale; the Center for Food Action serving Northern New Jersey; Covenant House in Newark; Tails of Hope, based in Mahwah (supporting Military Working Dog teams and veterans with PTSD); and the Unbridled Heroes Project in Allendale (veterans with PTSD and other trauma victims caring for rescued Mustang horses).

Assistance is extended to Real Partners Uganda, an American charitable organization that supports the Mustard Seed Academy in Lukaya, Uganda. Real Partners Uganda was founded by Dana and Kathryn Hiscock, members of Trinity, and Joe and Elaine Griswold, former members of Church of the Epiphany. Trinity sponsors five children at the Academy, where more than six hundred orphans and vulnerable children receive first-rate education and comprehensive care. Individual members of the church sponsor some twenty or more additional students and teachers.

Outreach Ministry also leads a variety of parish-wide, hands-on outreach efforts. They volunteer for monthly preparation and delivery of meals for customarily between twenty-five to thirty residents of the St. Paul’s Men’s Shelter in Paterson. In further service to St. Paul’s, Outreach members collect outerwear, hats, gloves, and scarves for its residents during the winter. Additionally, as Christmas approaches, the ministry adorns an Angel Tree with the clothing, toy, game, and other wishes of children of all ages, who have parents in the Essex County and Northern State prisons in Newark, the Hudson County Jail in Kearny, and half-way houses for women. Outreach administers this initiative, inviting all members of the parish to select an Angel, enabling a “gift-bearing, heart-touching, joy-bringing Christmas.” The Outreach Ministry is active in numerous other endeavors, including providing transportation to and from Sunday services and various activities for people who lack transportation or have mobility limitations owing to physical infirmity.