Outreach is a historical and ongoing commitment at Holy Trinity. Outreach oversees the relief of the material needs of people who are in want, as part of the spiritual mission of all Christians and their church communities. Such needs include food, shelter, and mental and physical health care, identified locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Outreach raises and distributes funding; and works to help conceive and implement projects in which parishioners may participate actively through contributions of time, talent, and money. Listed below are some of the projects that are currently part of the mission of Outreach at Holy Trinity.
On the fourth Wednesday of every month Holy Trinity hosts a dinner for all people in the greater Oxford area to enjoy a home cooked meal and fellowship. We also stock a non-food pantry with personal care and household cleaning supplies that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits. Holy Trinity parishioners, joined by members of Miami Greek organizations, volunteer to coordinate and host each dinner, including preparing, setting up, bringing sides dishes, helping with the pantry, cleaning up, but also enjoying the dinner with those who have come to break bread together. Originally, the dinners were served cafeteria style, but a recent change to family style serving has created a much happier and more relaxed atmosphere.
August 2015 family-style community dinner in the Undercroft of Holy Trinity.
On the second Tuesday of each month one or more members of Holy Trinity prepare a meal and take it to Serve City, a homeless shelter in nearby Hamilton, and help serve the meal. Volunteers prepare a hot meal, help transport it and serve it along with desserts dropped off at the church in advance.
Oxford Community Choice Pantry (OCCP)
Non-perishable food and personal and household care items may be brought to Holy Trinity on Sunday morning to be delivered to the OCCP on Monday. Volunteers may also help as shopping assistants, receptionists, in stocking or delivering food to homebound OCCP clients.
Contact: OCCP at (513) 523-3851 or Stephanie Nowak by email.
habitat for humanity
Holy Trinity has participated for many years, along with other churches in Oxford, in house-building sponsored by Habitat for Humanity under the nomenclature "Habitat Faith Build Project". Partner families, who will own the house when completed, invest sweat equity along with the volunteers. The pictures here document work on a house constructed in 2012.