Open House for Rural & Migrant Ministry Center in Riverhead

Open House for Rural & Migrant Ministry Center in Riverhead

Grace Church in Riverhead is undergoing an exciting transformation and is being developed as a Diocesan Mission Center. At the heart of this redevelopment is an organization that has had a longstanding relationship with our Diocese, Rural and Migrant Ministry (RMM). RMM is an organization that is dedicated to advancing the rights of farmworkers, seasonal migrant workers and rural communities in NY State.

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Hundreds in Need Get Free Meals at Brooklyn Food Truck

Hundreds in Need Get Free Meals at Brooklyn Food Truck

A 91-year-old Brooklyn woman is one of hundreds who line up for free meals each week in low income sections of the borough. Thomastine Johnson, affectionately known as Granny, makes her way to Maujer Street for a meal from the North Brooklyn Angels Food Truck around 1 p.m. every Wednesday. For some in the rapidly gentrifying areas of North Brooklyn, it's the only meal they'll eat all day.

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Common Ground Project To Provide Fresh Produce To Those In Need

Common Ground Project To Provide Fresh Produce To Those In Need

In recent weeks, those taking note of the American flag truck on County Route 48 that marks the location of Treiber Farms in Southold have likely also seen, just yards away, the Rev. Roger Joslin working with volunteers to create a new garden. They’re involved in the Common Ground project, building a garden meant to provide locals in need with fresh fruits and vegetables they might not otherwise be able to enjoy.

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Growing to Give: A Forum for Gardeners

Growing to Give: A Forum for Gardeners

Dozens of people joined together at the Garden at St Francis (St Francis Episcopal Church) in North Bellmore on Earth Day weekend for a Grow-to-Give forum. "The word 'intersectional' comes to mind," said the Rev. Mark Genszler, rector at St Francis. Many participants and speakers were church folks interested in parish gardens and growing food to give away, but many others - participants and speakers alike - were friends and neighbors from various places on the island, Queens to Greenport, holding no particular religious affiliation.

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Building Community Summit

Building Community Summit

On Saturday, March 10th, clergy and lay leaders came together to consider the ways they are recognizing and nurturing the strengths and assets found in their space - both inside and outside the church. During an extended morning plenary session, Chad Brinkman, Program Officer with Episcopal Relief & Development outlined the core teachings of the asset development framework and illustrated how it increases discipleship and creates the way for us to move beyond charity and towards social justice and equity.

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St. George's Breakfast Program

St. George's Breakfast Program

Breakfast is served at 8:30, but by 8:15 about 15 people are gathered in a circle to pray. A few of the regular guests had asked the St. George’s volunteers if they could pray together before the meal. Soon several more guests joined in and began leading the prayers.

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27 Parishes Participate in 'Bargains and Blessings' Workshop

27 Parishes Participate in 'Bargains and Blessings' Workshop

At the Episcopal Ministries of Long Island Thrift Store Workshop on Oct 7, over 50 attendees representing 27 parishes learned how to make their thrift stores a thriving ministry. Presenters from three parishes shared their experience about everything from merchandising to marketing to volunteer management. The attendees learned that the ministry truly thrives when there’s a welcoming space that offers more than bargains but also the blessings of a caring community.

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Angelmobile Rises to Challenge of Growing Need in North Brooklyn

Angelmobile Rises to Challenge of Growing Need in North Brooklyn

Barely three months after the Angelmobile took flight, the number of piping hot lunches it delivered to hungry people throughout northern Brooklyn more than tripled. Beginning in the last week of June, this 40-foot mobile food truck started serving about 300 meals across three days a week. The truck is operated by the North Brooklyn Angels, nonprofit organization of community groups, churches and businesses focuses on fighting hunger, food insecurity and poverty.

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Summer Camp at the Children's Garden

Summer Camp at the Children's Garden

Imagine for a moment, a 4-year-old boy leaping over tires and tree trunks, playing in the mud, running through rows of corn, tasting tomatoes just plucked from the garden and banging on overturned tin pots. That boy — plus about a dozen other children — lived those idyllic, rural moments this summer in suburban Long Island as part of a new summer camp initiated by The Garden at St. Francis Episcopal Church in North Bellmore.

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Service Goes Above and Beyond at This Nourish Babylon 'Restaurant'

Service Goes Above and Beyond at This Nourish Babylon 'Restaurant'

On recent Monday night, Patricia Street sat down at a linen-clothed dining table decorated with fresh flowers, china and silverware. She scanned the menu. Moments later, she savored a bean appetizer, fettuccine Bolognese, garlic bread, tiramisu, fresh pineapple and watermelon. “I’ll tell you, the meals are fabulous,” said Street, 66, of West Babylon. “This place is a godsend. The people, they’re very nice. They treat you with dignity.”

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North Brooklyn welcomes 'Angelmobile'

North Brooklyn Welcomes 'Angelmobile'

The Angelmobile - a specially built RV fully equipped with a kitchen, food storage facilities, office space and outdoor awnings - is now open in North Brooklyn to provide aid to those in need. It can serve up to 800 meals per day and also provide critical services, including housing, substance abuse, employment and counseling. The North Brooklyn Neighbors Helping Neighbors Coalition is working with the support of EMLI to bring the street service to the communnity.

Seniors Connect at Holy Trinity

Seniors Connect at Holy Trinity

At 87 years old, her mind was sharp as a tack but she had suffered a stroke which took a toll on her physically. She had to give up her independence – and her bowling league - and now had to rely on others to go anywhere.

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Mobile Soup Kitchen

Mobile Soup Kitchen

An ambitious parish project, with significant backing from Episcopal Ministries of Long Island, is launching in Greenpoint to feed the hungry, provide counseling on social services and bridge the gap between rich and poor neighbors in this gentrifying neighborhood.

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Finding Family at Camp DeWolfe

Finding Family at Camp DeWolfe

By Matt Tees, Executive Director, Camp DeWolfe

When I met Mike, he had just been placed through foster care with a family in Suffolk County. Before coming to live with them, he had spent much of his childhood moving around and had experienced some tough times.

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