This is an organization of volunteers that provides medical and dental care to needy children. Often, the medical challenges are quite severe. Service is provided primarily through a summer hosting program in which children from Afghanistan come to the United States and stay with American families during the summer for six weeks while they receive treatment. In addition to free medical treatment, the children are showered with love – an immeasurable gift. Additionally, as the children from many different and often inimical tribes interact with one another through structured programming hosted by St. Patrick’s, seeds of future Afghani peace are sown as they discover their common humanity. St. Patrick’s is a proud financial supporter of Solace and a number of our parish families host children during their stay.
Solace for the Children
Rise Against Hunger
St. Francis encourages us to preach frequently, but only occasionally to use words. Acts of loving kindness speak the Gospel louder than any words ever can. On our “Be the Sermon Sundays” the church gathers for an abbreviated Eucharist, following which we take on various outreach projects. A variety of projects ensures that everyone has the opportunity to participate regardless of age or physical ability. A great example is the Rise Against Hunger project which involves us packing 10,000 nutritious meals to be shipped to overseas peoples in poverty.
Give Hope Global
Give Hope Global’s mission is “to give hope and bring lifelong change to those we find suffering through the power of the Good News, good health and good education.” It is a non-profit corporation involved in 5 specific activities in SW Haiti: Orphan Care; Medical and Dental Care; Agricultural and Construction Projects; Educational; and Leadership Development. These activities are aimed at realizing the organization’s vision “to see the young people we serve become able to help others both physical and spiritually.” St. Patrick’s parishioners have been generous with donations, especially after the devastation in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew. Also, parishioners have joined teams for a week in Haiti to provide care and assistance.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Its role is the allocation of funds to state, national and worldwide disasters with community rebuilding opportunities. As disaster related events occur, this ministry’s purpose is to educate St. Patrick’s on those needs and to be the outreach vessel to foster support. In 2016, parishioners were especially helpful by donating 2 SUV loads full of food and other needed supplies to assist the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry in eastern North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew’s destruction to that area.