Here at St. Peter’s, we also have several smaller programs that we offer along with our meal program:
Foodlink Nutrition and Cooking Classes
We schedule many nutrition and cooking classes provided by Foodlink throughout the year.
“Foodlink is committed not only to providing food, but helping individuals learn more about what they are eating so that they can take control over their own health and wellness.”
Phone, Fax and Copy Services
St. Peter’s provides these business services for the community as many do not have access to these basic services. This allows our community to make Doctors appointments, contact Social Security or Social Services, to secure housing and jobs, and help in their daily needs.
We offer thrift items for our community for a small donation including sheets, towels, small appliances, silverware, fans, comforters, decorations, cookware, small furniture, lamps, etc.
Studies show that items purchased for a small price (as opposed to free) gives the purchaser a sense of ownership and pride and in turn is more valued. We do also have free items for those in the most desperate need of them.
All donations with the exception of clothes are especially welcome for this service. Any clothing items you may have would be very welcomed by Cameron Community Ministries
Christmas Toy Store
Our annual Christmas Toy Store allows parents to select personal gifts for their children from “new” donated gifts. Allowing guests a choice is a key way to foster dignity and we believe especially during Christmas time to allow our guests gifts of their choice for their children.
Parents must sign up their children in November with proper documentation and we do this in coordination with many other agencies in the city. The third week of December we schedule a day when parents can come and pick out the gifts they feel best suit their child.
Every year we hold special holiday meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and other holidays. Our holiday meals are a very special time for guests and volunteers alike!
On Christmas and Thanksgiving our guests are served a sit-down dinner which is a nice experience for them and our volunteers. Thirty-five to forty volunteers spend their holiday with us serving the community. Volunteer signup for Christmas and Thanksgiving fills up fast and begins on the first of the holiday month. If the holiday falls on a weekend, we have our meal the Friday before.
Birthday Cake and Gift
Community members are honored on their birthday: with a small cake, a gift, and a community Happy Birthday song after the meal. For many, this will be the only recognition they receive on their special day.
Special Give a Ways
Donations of hygiene products, socks, gloves, hats, toilet tissue, etc. are dispersed at the end of each month and on an as needed basis. St. Peter’s provides these basic items whenever possible through generous donations.
The Neighbors table is a special spot in our dining room where we place bread, dairy products, and fresh vegetables and any other donated food items we cannot use in our lunch service for our community to take home. We endeavor to make sure every donation is utilized.
School Supply Drive
Each August, we have a school supply drive where community members can come and pick out schools supplies for their children for the upcoming school year.
Emergency Utility Assistance
We are able to provide members of our community who meet certain criteria with emergency assistance with their utilities as funds are available. This is decided on a case by case basis.
Emergency Rent/Security Deposit Assistance
We are able to provide members of our community who meet certain criteria with emergency assistance for a portion of their rent or security deposit as funds are available. This is decided on a case by case basis.
Emergency Prescription Assistance
We are able to provide members of our community who meet certain criteria with emergency assistance for prescription drugs as funds are available. This is decided on a case by case basis.
Emergency Transportation Assistance
We are able to provide members of our community who meet certain criteria with emergency assistance for transportation as funds are available. This is decided on a case by case basis