Our Food Pantry has joined forces with All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakewood. Individuals that contact Saint Raphael’s are referred to All Saints or other active food pantries in the community. We continue to collect food and take it over to help supplement the All Saints Food Pantry. If you would like to donate any non-perishable grocery items please bring them with you to church on Sundays and leave them in the Narthex (entryway to the church).
Each Sunday we have a team of volunteers who take turns preparing home-cooked meals for the men of Samaritan House in Lakewood. This is a transitional housing and support shelter for up to 8 homeless men at any given time, located on the grounds of All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakewood.
We also participate in KIVA, 501 non-profit organization that allows individuals and organizations to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs and students in 82 countries in an effort to alleviate poverty. We have made 115 loans to date for a total of $6,225.
We will be once again took part in our interfaith community's Stop Hunger Now event to be held on Sunday, April 15 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church here in Brick.
We are participants in Soles 4 Souls, a drive to collect gently used and new shoes for world wide distribution.
We adorn our altar at Christmas time with a "virtual creche" using donations made by our parish toward the purchase of animals through the Heifer Project and Episcopal Relief and Development. in 2017 we collected enough to donate several animals, a hive a bees, and a donation to a new mother and her infant.
If you would like more information, please call the church office at: 732-458-5711.