Local charitable organizations that All Saints’ supports either financially, by hands-on involvement or both include the following:
Anchor House works with homeless, runaway and abused children and youth, from birth to 21 years of age, to enable them to utilize their strengths and the support of their families and communities to help create a stable and successful home environment. Several parish members participate in a 500-mile long fundraising bicycle ride for Anchor House every summer.
Crisis Ministry of Mercer County prevents hunger and homelessness by providing food, financial assistance and advocacy for low-income people in Mercer County. The parish has supported this important ministry for many years with food donations and contributes personal time to a number of the organization’s initiatives. In 2009 we renovated and equipped Crisis Ministry’s distribution facility in Trenton to provide more efficient and sanitary stocking of food and materials destined for its community store.
Homefront works to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community. All Saints’ parishioners prepare and deliver meals once a month to homeless families (about 100 persons) housed in motels in Mercer and Burlington Counties through the auspices of HomeFront. We also maintain a clothes closet that delivers serviceable clothing to those in need throughout the year and hold a drive to collect Christmas presents for inner city children. In 2010 All Saints’ landscaped the yard in back of HomeFront’s Family Preservation Center and erected a pergola to provide mothers with a comfortable and attractive place to sit while supervising their children in an adjacent playground.
TASK responds to the needs of people in the Trenton area by providing meals to all those who are hungry, offering services that encourage self-sufficiency and improve quality of life, informing the wider community of the needs of the hungry, and advocating for resources to meet these needs. All Saints’ supports the work of this organization in various ways, particularly with a commitment to donate the cost of meals and to prepare and serve lunch at the Soup Kitchen each year on All Saints’ Day.
Womanspace aids families impacted by domestic and sexual abuse in Mercer County. Its programs include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy and housing services. All Saints’ volunteers work as counselors to those seeking to recover from abusive family situations and the parish regularly collects personal items for victims who are forced to leave their homes on short notice.