Ever since the Food Pantry was started in Dec. 2009, the number of families who need the groceries has grown. Initially there were 41 families that we served but since then hundreds of families have come each month. Somehow the groceries just keep coming in from the local temple and churches but most amazingly with very generous gifts from individuals.
Christ Church is honored to be able to host the Food Pantry by providing space for distribution and for storage but as Susan, our rector, said recently;
"It's the individual volunteers and continuing support of community organizations that have made such a difference"
Here are a few comments from those coming to the Food Pantry:
I'm the only one in my family with a job. I started working at the Galleria two months ago, and I like it, but it's not enough. I have two children to feed. I like this place. The people are good.
I live at the YMCA. I don't get food stamps, just a little Social Security. At the end of the month I don't have any other food besides this.
This is my first time. I have Lupus, and I had no food at all for Thanksgiving. But I called Christ Church and they told me to come today. Now, I'm going to bring back some clothes to give out at the coat drive tonight. This is great! Thanks so much!
Individuals or corporations wishing to contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Food Pantry or volunteer can contact Teri Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachelle Gebler at email@example.com
One of our San Marcos members (Margarita) identified a real need in the Tarrytown community; many people need to find clothes at low prices. So Margarita, with the help of members of both San Marcos and CC renovated a portion of the parish hall basement to create the 'Clothing Closet'; a space esily accessible from John St where each month donated clothes are sold. Each month there continues to be a steady stream of donations and each Friday these are sifted and hung up for sale by members of both San Marcos and CC communities. We enjoy doing this work together, both women and men, old and young. The clothing closet opened its doors on July 13th, 2013 and has every month since brought in several hundred dollars to the church. But the real benefit is to the people who it serves - they can get much needed clothes at affordable prices.
For over twenty tears, Christ Church has provided space for Alcoholics Anonymous to have regular meeting. The meetings are 3 times a week:
Mondays @ 6:45 p.m. and @ 8:00 p.m.,
Fridays @ 6:45 p.m. and
Saturdays (Women only) @ 10 a.m.
Worshipping with Seniors
Christ Church members share the joy of worship with the residents of TarryHall and Kendall on Hudson
We welcome the informal music organization into our space each month as they bring outside musicians to Tarrytown to enrich all our lives.
Cristosal - El Salvador
We support the activities of Cristosal in El Salvador. We also host talks by Cristosal staff. Several CC members went to El Salvador to experience the Cristosal method.
Pictured right is Hannah Perls, who visited CC several times and is partially supported in her ministry in El Salvodor by CC members.
To learn more about Cristosal,
'Bethany Window' in St. Mark's Chapel. (Center panel only)