Serving In Our Community
We seek to connect with the greater community beyond our walls through our Outreach programs. Whether on a local, national, or international level, Chapel’s mission to be “active in service” is never more apparent than in our Outreach Ministries. Our greatest gift is from our selfless volunteers who enable us to give back to God’s community in a variety of ways. We would love to have you join us – working together we will make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
The Outreach Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 12:00pm – 1:30pm. All are welcome to join us in the Dining Room of the Parish House. Current committee members are: Mary Beth Shively (coordinator), Penny Bever, Meagan Cheney, the Reverend Krista Dias, Sarah Hogan, Audra Ruffenach, and Patty Smith.
There are many opportunities to make a difference – helping Thrift House customers, preparing a meal for the homeless, or simply donating a jar of peanut butter. These acts of kindness can never be repaid and they all make a difference in the lives of those who receive them. It would be our privilege and honor for you to join us (and you’ll feel better too) in serving our community.
Our Youth Shine! IHN March 2017
The air crackled. Something was afoot. A pent-up energy was let loose. This was no ordinary Sunday afternoon at Chapel. Our youth stormed the Parish House ready for action! It was time again to set up for Interfaith Hospitality Hosting Week. Was it the bright sunny day? The excitement of the new elevator? New friendships being made, in service to others? The remembrances of previous fun times? Perhaps all the above. Personally, it's one of the best days of the year for me.
To be a witness to the sheer joy and energy of our kids working together, in service to Jesus and needy area families, truly warms my heart. With minimal direction, teams self-organized and assigned tasks to each other. But not in any ordinary fashion. Cots came trundling down hallways by dancing and singing girls, then flopped open and made up by other duos of exuberant teens. Bedside tables and lamps flew down narrow stairs from the dark attic into light-filled makeshift bedrooms. Bins of bedding and towels were carefully navigated through crowded spaces. In about an hour's time all duties were accomplished, and we were ready to receive guests into our warm, love-filled house.
For weeks, behind the scenes, adults worked feverishly having meetings and emailing loads of instructions, as new leaders assumed the helm of organizing this twice annual ministry. Each time we host IHN, over 50 parishioners set aside already busy lives to continue their call to be God's disciples. Our winter/spring hosting week usually occurs during Lent, providing us the opportunity to both make sacrifices and take on additional disciplines. The benefit to us is immeasurable. I pray that we continue to share God's abundance well beyond the forty days of Lent. Chapel of Our Saviour is a haven of love, hope, and sanctuary to so many both inside and outside our walls.
Patty Smith, Outgoing IHN Volunteer Coordinator
Thrift House Volunteers
July 3 - 13, 2017. Chapel volunteers work with other Episcopal churches in the area to operate a retail store selling gently used items. Profits are distributed to churches based upon volunteer hours worked. The profits are then dispersed to numerous county, state, and global non-profit agencies. Please help us continue to make a difference in the lives of so many in need. Contact Person: Audrey Mathieu
B Street Food Pantry Monthly Collection
June 1 - 30, 2017. In April we are collecting breakfast cereals and powdered milk. The B Street Food Pantry is a satellite operation of Westside CARES. Every Sunday, Chapel collects canned goods & staples for the B Street Pantry. The “buy 1 get 1 free” and weekly sales are great opportunities to fill a bag for B Street when doing your weekly grocery shopping. Please place donations in the little red wagon. Contact Person: Mary Beth Shively.
Family Garden Fundraiser
Thank you to those who made the Family Gardens Project a great success. Your generosity has enabled an entire village to thrive over the long term.
Contact Mary Beth Shively, Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or the points of contact for the Chapel Outreach Partners below.
Making a Difference – Service in 2016:
In 2016, your generosity provided over 4000 volunteer hours in service to others!
- 2258 pounds of canned food and 475 pounds of rice and beans in weekly donations distributed by the B Street Pantry
- 1205 volunteer hours at the Thrift House resulting in:
- 9 grants to local, state, national and international non-profit agencies,
- 400 Grief Care packets and booklets for distribution by the Memorial Hospital Chaplain, and
- 2 sponsored Haitian children.
- 1200 volunteer hours planning and producing the Feast of St Arnold. Proceeds from the Feast are shared with Westside CARES and Chapel activities.
- 150 hours preparing and serving 3 Lord’s Dinners at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
- 14 days of hosted overnight stays for Interfaith Hospitality Network families (March and October)
- 1000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from the September Harvest Festival distributed by Westside CARES
- 410 packages of colored pencils for Back to School Backpacks coordinated by Westside CARES for Westside elementary schools
- 3 turkeys, 1 ham, and 40 pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving Baskets distributed by Westside CARES
- 46 pounds of ham for Christmas boxes distributed by Westside CARES
- 30 hats, 12 scarves, and 10 pairs of gloves distributed through Westside CARES
- Several packages of underclothing, winter coats, and shoes items distributed through Westside CARES
- Hundreds of toiletry items distributed through Westside CARES
- 3 bicycles donated to Christmas Unlimited for Christmas
- 61 toys and 20 stocking stuffers collected for Christmas Unlimited
- 13 special and monthly offerings for the Rector’s and Deacon’s Discretionary Funds
Ascending to Health
Provides a safe place to recover for all homeless persons when released from local hospitals. It is dedicated to providing the highest standard of supportive care and interim sheltering to a specific segment of the homeless population that is often too ill for the streets, but not ill enough for the hospital. Contact: Penny Bever
B Street Food Pantry
Operated by Westside Cares, the pantry provides food and offers donated clothing to residents in the 80906 and 80905 zip codes, and any active duty military regardless of residence. Contact: Penny Bever
Creates a store-like shopping experience where parents can select from donated toys, “contributing to a family environment of caring, togetherness and old-fashioned holiday happiness”. Each Christmas our parishioners generously donate gifts to be given to children whose families are experiencing financial challenges. Contact: Sarah Hogan
Colorado Haiti Project
Works in partnership with rural Haitian communities to support their rise out of extreme poverty by increasing access to and capacity for educational opportunities, clean water, community and public health, job training and economic self-sufficiency. Founded in 1989 by 3 Episcopal priests, including our own retired Rector, Rev. Dayle Casey. Chapel sponsors 2 children, using funds generated from earned volunteer hours at the Episcopal Thrift House. Contact Marti O'Dell
Episcopal Church Women
All women in the church are part of this group. We meet twice a year to divide out funds raised from Thrift House volunteers to give to various non-profit organizations. Contact: Penny Bever
Episcopal Relief & Development
Works with Church partners and other local organizations in close to 40 countries to save lives and transform communities worldwide by rebuilding after disasters and empowering people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Contact: Mary Beth Shively
Feast of Saint Arnold
“Colorado’s Family Friendly Beer Festival” celebrates centuries old monastic traditions of the early church on the grounds of Chapel of our Saviour. Our outreach mission is to connect with members of the community and to welcome them to our place and our community of faith. Proceeds go to Westside CARES and the missions of the Church. Contact: Brian & Becky Bennett
Interfaith Hospitality Network/Family Promise
Helps low-income families to achieve lasting independence by meeting homeless families’ immediate needs for shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services. Chapel hosts IHN families twice a year for one-two weeks each time. Contact: Patty Smith
Each week, an average of 100 men, women and children receive a free hot meal through The Lord’s Dinner program, which is hosted at Sacred Heart Catholic Church by nine different faith communities. Chapel of Our Saviour hosts the dinner three times a year on the first Sundays of February, June and October. A group of ten to fifteen volunteers convene at the Sacred Heart kitchen to prep, cook, serve and clean up after the meal. Contact: Liz Nichol
Mission Medical Clinic
Provides free medical, dental, vision, behavior health and prescription assistance for our uninsured and under-insured, low income neighbors of the Pikes Peak Region. Contact Penny Bever
Open Bible Medical Clinic
Provides free medical care and access for acute and chronic illnesses to the working, uninsured, low income, adults in El Paso County. Contact Penny Bever
Salvation Army R.J. Montgomery Center
Provides men, women and children with 24-hour shelter including case management, nutritious meals, and a safe place to rebuild their lives. The Salvation Army Shelter is Colorado Springs largest shelter, and the city’s only 24/7 emergency shelter.
Operates a thrift house selling donated goods. The store is staffed with paid employees and volunteers from the three partner churches, as well as from other area Episcopal churches. The by-laws specify that profits be distributed by each member-church’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) for religious and charitable works. Volunteers provide three-hour shifts for the first two weeks of the month at the ECW Thrift House on Tejon Street. Money earned goes for outreach. Many of the Outreach Programs receive funds from the proceeds. Contact: Audrey Mathieu
University of Colorado Health Memorial Hospital Foundation
Enables Christopher Keith to provide grief care booklets and packages to Memorial Hospital families who have lost loved ones. Tailored packages range from booklets to packages containing handprints and locks of hair from deceased children. Contact Christophen Keith
Westside CARES (Community, Assistance, Resources, and Emergency Services)
Provides food, financial and medical assistance, seasonal needs, referrals and support to our homeless and working poor neighbors on the west side of Colorado Springs and El Paso County. Chapel has been a stakeholder with WSC since its inception in 1984. Parishioners participate in various volunteer service opportunities and numerous collections throughout the year to meet basic human needs. Contact: Audra Ruffenach
Initiating Future Opportunities and Forms
Parishioners are encouraged to participate in future opportunities within the parish and beyond. If interested in initiating an event or project, please utilize the following guidelines and form to serve as a helpful checklist and facilitate a smooth process. For additional information you can contact Mary Beth Shively, Outreach Coordinator at email@example.com.
Download and print both forms here (paper copies available in the church office):