There are many ways to serve the community. Our Diaconate works with the ministries listed below. If you see something that interests you, feel free to contact anyone from the Diaconate for more details on how you can get involved.
In Jesus' Name
...was founded in 1981 to respond to the needs of the poor in Hoboken and continues as a coordinated effort of love and sharing among religious communities in Hoboken. The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, hosted by Our Lady of Grace Church, serve hundreds of our neighbors.
Redeemer Hoboken hosts special concerts each year to help raise money and awareness. In the past, Fellowship Groups have helped by donating clothes, food and time. In addition to donations, there many opportunities to get involved at In Jesus’ Name, whether it’s working with kids and teens, delivering groceries or making visits to the elderly and homebound.
If interested, contact Marcy Gupta. Food or clothing donations can be made during scheduled hours listed on the website www.injesusnamecharities.org or by contacting director April Harris at (201) 792-2112.
The Meals Ministry
...has been serving and caring for our church community for over 8 years. It's been a practical way for us to come alongside each other and be a blessing to others during both difficult times and times of joy. Volunteers have brought food to those who are sick, recovering from surgery, and welcoming home a new baby, among many other circumstances.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Sara Peterson at email@example.com.
The Hoboken Shelter
...serves over 200 meals a day and houses 50 people nightly. They provide job-readiness and life-skills training and are involved in homelessness prevention programs. They have also established a permanent supportive housing program.
Redeemer Hoboken serves meals at the Shelter on the 4th Friday of every month, which provides Home Fellowship Groups with a great opportunity to get involved in the community.
Click here for the Shelter Volunteer Opportunities as well as items needed for 2011.
The Community Food Bank of NJ
...is a non-profit organization that serves as a central distribution center for other non-profit organizations that provide food directly to individuals. Food is either donated to, or purchased by, the Food Bank. This food is then distributed to other non-profit organizations that serve individuals, such as soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters. Today, the Food Bank distributes over 23 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,656 non-profit programs, including 436 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs). Through their combined efforts, they assist three-quarters of a million low-income people in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties.
Available opportunities: Warehouse: Salvage & Shopping Area (sort, repack, and label salvage food product and household goods); Thrift Shop (sort and stock donated items); Kids Division (sort new clothes, create packages of new clothes for needy children); Mailings (help fold, stuff, seal and label our various direct mail projects throughout the year).
To schedule an appointment to volunteer, please contact Traci Hendricks at (908) 355-3663 ext 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Redeemer contact is Dinorah Vargas email@example.com.
New City Kids Church
...works with children and teens in Jersey City using the arts, learning and leading, to invite children into the whole-life discipleship of Christ. They follow a child in their development from age six to age nineteen, being an advocate, family, friend, and counselor to the child. If you are interested in serving as an after-school tutor please contact Jeremy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
...is available. A primary mission of the Diaconate is to help members who are overburdened by difficult circumstances. These may be physical, emotional, spiritual or financial. If you are experiencing such pressures, please contact any member of the Diaconate. If we can't help you then we will try to find someone who can.