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.
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.
40 Days of Sharing Blessings
Just a Little Each Day of Lent – Counting Down to Easter We invite you to make a daily discipline of sharing blessings during Lent. It’s simple! Set aside one non-perishable food item for donation to B Street Food Pantry each day of Lent. The 40 days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and end on Easter Sunday (April 21) Sundays are not included. We hope this can be a daily practice but know that 40 days is a lot longer than it seems and life gets in the way of all of our good intentions. We encourage you to participate in a way that brings peace. For a list of most requested food pantry donations click here.
Please Bring Your Donations to Church You can put your donations by the Little Red Wagon in the Narthex or Parish House on a weekly basis or at the end of Lent. We’ll deliver them to the B Street Food Pantry.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Hosting Thank You
Thank you to the 70+ volunteers who ministered to 16 people in 4 families. The IHN program has a 75% success rate in graduating families from homelessness. When they graduate, they have a job and housing. This program truly makes a difference! A special thanks to Betsy Vanderwerf, Patty Smith, Debbie Leisenring, and Meagan Cheney for their great leadership.
Spread the Warmth Blanket Drive—Thank you
Thank you for your generosity in donating 71 blankets and quilts to spread the warmth to our Family Promise/IHN guests and homeless shelters! We replaced the 20 worn blankets used when we host IHN guests and donated the remaining 51 to the RJ Montgomery Salvation Army women and children homeless shelter.
The Thrift House – Thank You!
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers at the Thrift House! Last year, their dedication earned $8000 which funded 10 grants to local, state, national and international non-profit agencies and the cost of food for the Lord’s Dinner. If you’d like to volunteer, one 3-hour shift makes a lot of difference. Childcare is available. Prayerfully consider if you could give a few hours to help make a difference. Your help is always appreciated. Contact Teri Orthwein at 719.375.0502
B Street Food Pantry – Side dish starches (Pasta, rice, mac & cheese, instant potatoes)
The B Street Food Pantry, a satellite operation of Westside CARES provides a four-day food supply up to six times per year to households demonstrating a genuine need. Half of the neighbors served by B Street last year, were children and seniors. This month, we are collecting side dish starches. On Sunday, please put your donation in the basket by the baptismal font. Otherwise, the little red wagon will be just inside the main door of the Parish House and donations may always be dropped off there. If you’d like for us to do the shopping, write B Street Pantry in the notes portion of your donation and put it in the collection plate.
Kids’ Care Kits
Kids, we need your help to assemble Kids’ Care Kits on May 5 during Children’s Chapel at the Parish House. Kids’ Care Kits are given to children accompanying their parents at Westside CARES. Typically, the kids are stressed because their parents are stressed. The kits help to ease that stress for a bit. Kid's Care Kits are packed in a gallon Ziploc bag and consist of a juice drink, healthy snack, a few crayons and something to color. All the supplies will be provided and all ages are welcome to help to assemble the kits. If you’d like to donate to offset the cost of the kits, please write Kids’ Care Kits on your check in the notes portion and place it in the collection plate.
Please save the date. The next Outreach Committee meeting is on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the Dining Room of the Parish Hall.
Outreach Plan for 2019
The theme for Outreach for 2019 is 12 Months of Sharing Blessings. We seek to share our faith in action through service. We offer a new opportunity each month to participate in a different project. We also have ongoing opportunities to serve through weekly contributions to the B Street Food Pantry and volunteering at the Episcopal Church Woman’s Thrift House.
Questions About Outreach?
Contact Mary Beth (Outreach Committee Chair)
Making a Difference – Service in 2018:
In 2018, your generosity provided over 3400 volunteer hours in service to others!
1100 hours from 22 Thrift House volunteers resulting in over $8000 funding for….
10 Grants to local, state, national and international non-profit agencies by the Episcopal Church Women based upon Thrift House volunteer hours
330 Grief Care packets and booklets for Memorial Hospital Chaplains disbursement
$860 to fund the cost of food to serve the Lord’s Dinner
1200 volunteer hours planning and producing the Feast of St. Arnold (FOSA). Over 1,500 people attended, raising $36,695. (Westside CARES- $25,686 and Chapel of Our Saviour - $11,008)
14 Days of hosting overnight stays for Interfaith Hospitality Network families
$1170 donated/spent providing meals
466 Volunteer hours
Hosted 7 families consisting of 28 people
194 hours preparing and serving 3 Lord’s Dinners at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 225 guests
124 Blessing Bags consisting of toiletries and warm socks were distributed to the homeless guests at the Lord’s Dinner in February and to Westside CARES
22,000 neighbors, including over 6900 families with 6500 children were fed by the Westside CARES food pantries in 2018. Chapel of Our Saviour contributed:
3,121 pounds of food and paper products
800 pounds of fresh produce collected for the Harvest Sunday celebration
189 cans of green beans and 5 turkeys and hams for 80 Thanksgiving Baskets assembled by Westside CARES
3258 diapers were provided to Westside CARES for distribution to needy families. Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps.
312 packages of wide magic markers and 10 packages of crayons donated as part of the Back to School Backpack project. The project provides 600 school-aged children in need with a backpack filled with school supplies. Westside CARES delivered the backpacks to 420 elementary school students and 180 middle/high school students in 22 schools.
124 Kids Care Kits assembled by Chapel kids, were given to children accompanying their parents at Westside CARES. Typically, the children are stressed because their parents are stressed and the kits help to ease that stress for a bit.
5 family gardens donated in one of 40 countries to provide essential basic nutrition, helping a village to thrive over the long term. The project is executed through the Episcopal Relief and Development nonprofit.
120 people educated on prevention of child trafficking during an event co-sponsored by Chapel of Our Saviour and the El Paso County Department of Human Services
58 toys and 2 bikes with helmets and locks given to Christmas Unlimited for needy children
8 children and a mother received gifts, Christmas dinner, and food to feed the kid’s during the holiday break via the Adopt-s-Family program.
Lenten and Advent Random Acts of Kindness calendars gave parishioners an easy way to show children how they can make a difference in the world by performing one small act of kindness each day.
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: Mary Beth Shively
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 Linda Rowe
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
“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: Teri Orthwein
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: Sarah Hogan
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 Committee Chair.
Download and print both forms here (paper copies available in the church office):
A signed release of liability form is required for volunteers under the age of 18 who want to help at the Lord's Dinner. You can download the form here.