Social Justice and Outreach

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The St. Aidan's Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation ministry includes Outreach and all programs that serve to support and strengthen our communities by truly loving and serving others as Christ taught.  We are committed to working for social justice as we take actions to transform our own lives and the lives of others according to the teachings of Jesus. This important work includes readings, conversations, and honest dialogue on race and racism as we build a faith community that honors and values each and every person as a unique individual and child of God.  Please check the Weekly Epistle and ENews for updates about our social justice focus and activities.

Outreach Ministries

 

St. Aidan’s enjoys a rich tradition of service to the community with a focus on addressing the needs of the underserved and overlooked.  Members of our congregation see the work of God in their lives and God’s love for them in the service they provide to the community, through a variety of ministries.   Members contribute their time and talent to the following organizations:

 

Ventures in Community (VIC)

St. Aidan’s is one of some 30+ members of this organization that unites faith communities and nonprofit organizations in southeast Fairfax county to advocate for and serve those in need. Our participation in VIC has enabled us to leverage our resources to more effectively meet the needs of underserved communities along the Richmond Highway corridor.

Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Program (VICHOP)

The County of Fairfax, in coordination with Rising Hope Methodist Church, operates a hypothermia shelter to ensure that individuals experiencing homelessness have a warm, clean and safe environment to retreat from the elements of weather at night.  St. Aidan’s parishioners are part of a rotating group of volunteers at the shelter, spending the night there and providing meals for visitors who use this shelter during the winter’s coldest months.

 

Support for Local Food Pantries

St. Aidan’s runs a non-perishable food drop-off program for parishioners and neighbors in the Stratford Landing neighborhood, taking donations collected to food pantries operated by Rising Hope Methodist Church and United Communities.

 

Agape ministry

St. Aidan’s collaborates with the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church to support its “Agape” program, established 29 years ago to provide a supportive community for individuals suffering from mental illness. Agape provides a range of services, including weekly communal meals and fellowship for more than 70 members.

 

Outreach Funding

 

During 2020 and 2021, St. Aidan’s outreach funds support the following organizations:

 

Neighborhood Health - provides comprehensive health and dental care on a no-cost or reduced-cost basis.

 

Just Neighbors - provides high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylees in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

 

Good Shepherd Housing - provides housing options for individuals and families with low income and those who struggle with mental illness.

 

Progreso Hispano - provides immigration and naturalization legal services and English language classes for residents of southeast Fairfax County.

 

Alice’s Kids - provides direct, targeted assistance to children in need in grades  K - 12.

           

Domestic Violence Shelter - provides a safe living place for individuals and families escaping situations of domestic violence.

 

Day to Serve - as part of our activities with Ventures in Community, St. Aidan’s joins with several dozen churches and NGOs to provide food and other donations for underserved communities