Taking God’s love out into our community and the world
The congregations of Beckford Parish support several important ministries and services outside the walls of their churches.
The Clothes Closet
Along with other area churches, we provide volunteers on the first and third Thursday of each month to support this well-stocked local thrift store in Woodstock that provides very affordable clothing, gifts, and household items to those in need (or those who love bargain-shopping). Free clothes are given to those referred by a government or non-profit charitable organization and to those in need as a result of a fire/flood. The Clothes Closet organization puts their significant profits back into the local community and is one of our oldest outreach programs.
The Clothes Closet welcomes donations of clothing and small appliances, home goods, books, and gifts. You can drop them off during their open hours Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recent extended hours means they need more volunteers. If you’d like to help or learn more, contact Trudy Pence.
Bingo at life care center
St. Andrew’s parishioners provide volunteers on the third Saturday of each month for Bingo at the Life Care Center in Mount Jackson. The Life Care Center residents look forward to this, and our volunteers enjoy it too. Members of the congregation provide the prizes awarded to eager winners. If you can help, contact Richard Torovsky.
Family Promise of Shenandoah County was founded in 2015 as the 200th local affiliate of the national Family Promise organization which serves homeless children and their families. Local congregations host families in their churches for one week every quarter while support churches like Emmanuel Episcopal provide dinner and companionship one night during that week. A paid staff works with the families to create permanent solutions to homelessness by working with other local agencies and nonprofits to secure jobs, affordable housing, and medical care. Katherine Morrison and Ellen Fairchild-Flugel are the main contacts for Emmanuel.
St. Andrew’s Special Projects
- Breakfast with Santa at Stonewall Jackson High School (we help the students with a craft project)
- Wine and Cheese Reception at Shrine Mont for the Spring Clergy Conference in May
- Emergency needs as they arise
- Bell ringing for Salvation Army
Call Marcia Brownfield for more information or to volunteer.
Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter
The plate offering from the first Sunday of every month at Emmanuel (“Mission Sunday”) is donated to this county organization. Its mission is “to prevent homelessness by providing supportive services and/or temporary shelter to enable our clients to achieve independence.” They do a great job of coordinating with other services to avoid duplication of effort and to ensure their clients get the best help they can. http://www.allianceforshelter.com/.
St. Andrew’s Rummage Sale
This annual event sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Guild and supported by donations from the parish raises money for their Outreach projects. Donations of clean clothing, household goods, gifts, and accessories are welcome. Contact Colleen Gray to help with sorting, set-up, working at the sale, and clean-up. Unsold items in good condition are donated to the Clothes Closet (see above).
Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Every Christmas season, volunteers from our parish join other county bell-ringers to raise money for this worthwhile organization. It’s a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit! If you can help, contact Richard Torovsky at St. Andrew’s or Mal Sarna at Emmanuel.
Project Linus Shenandoah
Project Linus is a national non-profit whose first goal is to “Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers’.” The local chapter has been working with Family Promise Shenandoah County to provide each child who enters the FPSC program with their own blanket.
The group’s deliveries have also been to local groups who serve on the frontlines for the welfare of our Shenandoah children: Shenandoah Family Promise for homeless children, sick children in the emergency room at the Shenandoah hospital in Woodstock, the Winchester hospital pediatrics ward and neonatal ICU, the Shenandoah Pregnancy Center in Edinburg, and A Small Hand charity for preschoolers. This is truly a grassroots charity.
Please spread the word about Project Linus Shenandoah, both to those who want to make blankets and/or donate materials. If anyone prefers a financial contribution, please direct them to projectlinus.org, specifying the Shenandoah County, Virginia Chapter; Coordinator Rebecca D.
The Shenandoah Chapter is headed up by Emmanuel’s Rebecca Doroshenk. If you are interested in participating as a new “blanketeer,” contact Rebecca by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shenandoah County area Resources
Food, housing, & other Living assistance in shenandoah county
We have compiled a list of area resources for those in need of assistance, including food pantries, housing assistance, abuse support and other social services.
Senior citizen assistance:
The Assisted Living Research Institute (https://www.assistedliving.org/) is an industry-leading research organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults by compiling comprehensive research, the latest studies, and real-world insight from experts, caregivers, and seniors into easy-to-understand, actionable guides and resources. The have a dedicated section that provides extremely well detailed and thorough information for for families and senior citizens in the State of Virginia: https://www.assistedliving.org/virginia/