Community Partnership Commission
The mission of the Community Partnership Commission is to build alliances between St. Andrew’s parishioners and our neighbors, near and far.
The vision of the Community Partnership Commission is to break open, through education and communication, the hearts of those who seek to be Christ’s hands at work in the world.
As the Cathedral in the City, we are engaged with our broader community through the work of our Community Partners. If you are interested in serving with any of these organizations, please contact their Cathedral liaison as they are ready and eager to help you engage.
Good Samaritan focuses on families in crisis who are experiencing an unexpected (yet verifiable) emergency beyond the client’s control. As a part of their services, case managers also work with area churches, including St. Andrew’s, to provide guidance in handling the multitude of requests that churches receive on a weekly basis.
The staff of Good Samaritan works with the client to make a “long-term” difference in a person’s life by using the occasion of “short-term” emergency assistance. The case managers of Good Samaritan attempt to help all clients determine the basic cause of their emergency so that appropriate changes made in the household. In essence, they utilize Good Samaritan resources in the client’s current situation, while they help the client avoid a reoccurrence of the crisis in the future (i.e. opportunities versus “band-aids”, long-term solutions versus short-term fixes).
Meet Our 2021 Partners
St. Andrew’s parishioners are paired with second grade students at Watkins Elementary School to help improve their reading skills. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rose Lee Robinson at email@example.com.
BS Troop 1
Since 1916, the Scouts of Troop 1 have been affiliated with this parish. They train young people in leadership, skill development, and promote service to community. For more information, contact Bill Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACT: The Crisis Line
Since 1971, the Crisis Line has been responding 24/7 to people who are troubled, stressed, and need someone to listen. Callers are listened to and accepted, options are explored, and information and referrals are provided. For more information, contact Dorothy Triplett at email@example.com.
The Good Samaritan Center
The Good Samaritan Center is a private, non-profit social service agency whose case managers focus on assisting families in crises beyond their control and helping them learn how to prevent such situations in the future. For more information, contact Ann Skelton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace House is a non-profit organization offering transitional and semi-permanent housing and support services for homeless men and women living with HIV/AIDS and women recovering from substance abuse. For more information, contact Chellie Revord at email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat For Humanity is a Christian organization that builds homes for people in need in over 100 countries world-wide. Since 1986, over 635 new homes have been built in Greater Jackson by sponsors, corporations and thousands of Habitat volunteers For more information, contact Bill Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing Up Knowing
Growing Up Knowing engages young people and their families in real conversations about sexual health and preventing abuse. For more information, contact Ann Skelton at email@example.com
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is the community-based program designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors. Frequent in-home visits provide unique opportunities to meet nutritional needs, combat social isolation, address safety hazards, and provide holistic care. For more information, contact Katie Bradshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The McClean Fletcher Grief Center
The mission of the McClean Fletcher Center is to provide support and understanding in a safe and hopeful environment where children, teens and their families grieving the death of a loved one can embrace their grief and move through the healing process. Open to children ages 4-18 and their families. For more information, contact Kathy Woodliff at email@example.com.
Mississippi Food Network
A non-profit agency and the only food bank in MS, The Ms Food Network distributes donated and purchased grocery items to help feed the hungry in 74 MS counties. It is one of the 200 members of Feeding America, an organization that distributes over 2 billion pounds of grocery items annually. For more information, go to msfoodnet.org or contact Margaret McLarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in the heart of Jackson in 1968, Operation Shoestring educates, inspires, and empowers children and families in our central Jackson community and beyond to create holistic individual and community transformation. Shoestring does this by providing services in children and youth development and parent engagement, through direct services such as after school and summer programs for children and families and by leveraging the power of community partnerships. For more information or to volunteer go to operationshoestring.org, call (601) 353-6336 or contact Robert Langford at email@example.com.
The Refill Jackson Initiative
The Refill Jackson Initiative is a non-profit workforce development café in the community of west Jackson providing young adults who have fallen outside the traditional system with the skills and opportunity to pursue a career path. The program is a long-term anchor for participants as we help place them into internships, jobs, advanced training programs, and opportunities leading to a degree. For more information, contact Jordan Butler firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springboard to Opportunity
Springboard to Opportunities connects families living in affordable housing with resources and programs that help them advance in school, work and life. Working directly with families as well as establishing partnerships with other organizations to help families reach their goals is the aim. For more information, contact Sarah Stripp at Sarah.email@example.com.
Stewpot Community Services
Stewpot Community Services, located at 1100 West Capitol St. in Jackson, offers myriad services to both homeless and less fortunate members of our community. One of the founding entities of Stewpot, St. Andrew’s provides volunteers who donate to the clothes closet, bag groceries, serve lunch, provide meals for the Opportunity Center on cold winter nights and serve in many other capacities. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Gina Halfacre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club
Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club is a ministry that offers a hot breakfast and fellowship for our friends experiencing homelessness. We serve between 50 and 100+ friends every Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. This ministry is supported by your purchase of Alternative Giving Cards each Advent and Christmas. To volunteer as greeter/fellowship sharer or for more information, contact Gina Halfacre at email@example.com.