Through the bustle of the holidays, chilly winter weather and even the omicron surge, volunteers from St. Barnabas' outreach ministries have been hard at work in our community.
Here are some recent updates from our volunteers. If you'd like to get involved in our outreach ministries, please email StBMinistry.Outreach@gmail.com to get started!
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is building in suburban Cincinnati! Volunteers are hard at work on three adjacent houses along Sixth Avenue in Springfield Township, also known as West College Hill, just west of Interstate 75.
Volunteers from the Eastside Coalition of Churches, which includes volunteers from St. Barnabas, an Eastside member church, have helped build these houses. The one with light gray siding was most recently completed. Habitat staff dedicated it on Saturday, January 22, with the homeowner family in attendance.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
On a chilly January evening, St. Barnabas volunteers delivered warm, home-cooked meals to 12 homeless families at IHN (a ministry for temporarily homeless families).
Thanks to Piet and Lisa Elmendorf, John and Nancy Nolan, Jada Hill, Carolyn Nicholson, Susan Crabill, Susan Kirkpatrick, and Katherine Kennedy for cooking, packing up and/or delivering the meals.
Our next dinner event will be Sunday, March 13. We'd love you to join us!
Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses
"December is always a busy month filled with community events and 2021 was no different. We started by coordinating donations given to over 55 families who were adopted by our longtime partners, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Next was the Christmas Bingo event for clients followed by our Santa's Workshop community event. Families had so much fun and this event would not be possible without sponsors FCC Community Foundation and LISC Cincinnati. Yearly, we host a Christmas Store were parents can "shop" for their children. St. Vincent DePaul has been a dedicated partner and we were able to provide toys to over 260 community children. This year we even got to play Santa and delivered gifts to West End daycares. We are truly blessed to serve this community."
-- From the Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses newsletter. (Read the full newsletter here.)