Serve the Greater Community
Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry, Inc. (CVEM)
Valley Interfaith Promise (VIP)
Since fall of 2006, St. Thomas Episcopal Church and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church have partnered to host homeless families at St. Thomas. We turn former classrooms and the library into cozy resting places for up to 14 people or three families. The families are truly our guests. We provide food, offer games and movies, assist when schoolwork if asked, spend the night, and basically get to know them on their terms.
VIP provides St. Thomas an opportunity to live out its mandate as a Jubilee Center of the greater Church. This program combines simple charity, advocacy, education about homeless issues, and evangelism. Without seeing the faces of these children, we might not really believe the plight of the homeless. The Lord has blessed us as we have swung open our doors!
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Path to Shine and Boxwood Soccer
Tutoring and teamwork
During the past year we have had about 40 children participate in our soccer and tutoring (Path to Shine) programs in the Boxwood neighborhood of Columbus. Parishioners volunteer as coaches, teachers, and drivers. St Thomas youth support this ministry in many ways. CVEM and Infusion sponsor field trips and other activities with children. Children become teammates and friends, and, boys and girls discover the joy of books and learning.