In 2022 the St. John’s Mission Commission contributed to the following organizations:
$18,000 toward the construction of a guest house in the mountains, where increasing numbers of youth groups and others retreat for safety and spiritual renewal in a country in chaos.
Ministries and Organizations Supported in 2020
American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ)
AFEDJ is a US organization that supports the ministries of the Diocese in Israel/Palestine, Syria and Jordan. Over the years we have sent financial support, and especially for their hospitals and clinics all over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Several members of St. John’s visited Jerusalem and the Holy Land in 2018 and were able to meet the Archbishop and learn more about their hospitals, clinics and schools. Most recently we have contributed for All Saints Episcopal Church, Beirut, that was less than a mile from the July port explosions.
Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC)
BCAC serves 200 families a month, mostly through police referrals. As the numbers served has increased during COVID-19, so has the need. Lifebridge Hospital System, with whom we have collaborated during this pandemic, is a BCAC partner. Our support has been for supplies for children going back to school or virtual school. Our liaison is Diane Katlic.
Canned Goods and Toiletries Drive
to support St. Joseph’s food distribution program to the needy in Cockeysville, MD. We began the first of what may become many drives to supply local food distribution ministries to get emergency food to those in need during the pandemic.
Episcopal Diocese of Navajoland for COVID-19 crises support
We were able to raise a significant amount of money to help with emergency health care and support in this hard-hit Indian Reservation that is an important part of the Episcopal family.
Hope Academy of Huber Memorial Church
We provided funds to supply Chrome book computers to grades K-5 for in-the-city students for virtual learning during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our liaison is Judd Anderson.
The Samaritan Women
The Samaritan Women is a Baltimore-based anti-trafficking program for women, is designed to support women recovering from being trafficked. Two years ago they launched the Institute for Shelter Care, a national initiative to train and equip new shelter homes across the country. St. John’s has conducted an awareness campaign related to human trafficking and The Samaritan Women particularly and financially supported their efforts.
Sarah’s Hope at Hannah Moore is a family homeless shelter in Reisterstown supported by St. Vincent de Paul. We were just beginning a relationship with them preparing baskets for “new home going away gifts” for those able to leave the shelter when the Coronavirus hit. We hope to continue our relationship with them when they are able to open again.
Virtual Chaplaincy Program at Life Bridge Hospitals
Virtual Chaplaincy Program at Life Bridge Hospitals was a one-time effort, working through their Care Bravely Compassion Fund of the Lifebridge Hospital System, to provide 50 ipads for chaplains in their hospitals as the Coronavirus pandemic was beginning to hit the Baltimore area. We joined with other churches and organizations to make this one-time, in-kind effort possible.