For over twenty years, Grace Church has provided Sunday dinner the last weekend of each month for Dutchess Outreach’s Lunch Box program located at Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie. On Saturday at 9:00 a.m. volunteers gather in the parish hall kitchen to cook the meal. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m. volunteers travel to Poughkeepsie together to serve the meal at the Lunch Box. Many people volunteer either Saturday or Sunday, and this need not be a monthly commitment. Whether it is once or every month, all help is appreciated. If you would like to volunteer for the Lunch Box, just come on the last weekend of the month, or contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may want to teach an ESL class if you have experience teaching and/or you know Spanish. ESL teachers are members of Grace Church who have done training in teaching ESL. They lead English classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the parish hall for the (mostly) Spanish-speaking community. The teachers are scheduled on a rotating basis, and the classes are only held once a week during the summer. If you would like to teach ESL classes, please contact ESL teacher trainer Marian Thompson at email@example.com.
Food of Life Pantry
Grace Church supports the Food of Life Pantry located at St. Thomas’s Church in Amenia Union, NY. The Food of Life Pantry is a three day pantry, providing three days of food to each family (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The average number of families served each week is 40, which often means more than 1400 meals are given out in one afternoon. For Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys, pies, and Christmas gifts are given to all the children. The Food of Life Pantry maintains an organic garden with 52 raised beds in collaboration with the Sharon House Garden Project. This effort provides nutritious produce and food supplies to the hungry in Eastern Dutchess County and the Northwest Corner of CT. Discounted canned and dry goods, meats and juices are purchased at regional food warehouses and trucked to the pantry by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry please contact Denis Freeman at (845)-635-8504. Watch this video to see the pantry in action.
The Latino Outreach of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook began in 2006 under the leadership of the Rev. Douglas Fisher. The founding advisory board members are Jack Banning and Walter Cadette, with Evelyn Garzetta as executive director. Through this program many immigrants have acquired the skill of speaking, reading and writing English. Some of these students have attained their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and have gone on to Dutchess Community College. Grace Church provides English as a Second Language (ESL) classes two evenings a week, Tuesday and Thursday. The classes are taught by a certified BOCES teacher, assisted by community volunteers. Meals are served on both evenings and child care is provided as well. Amenia has been added as an ESL site, where Garzetta is the instructor, assisted too by community volunteers.
The Latino Outreach assists all immigrants in need with finding medical care, legal counsel, translating, and transportation to job interviews and doctors’ appointment. The program in partnership with Cornell Extension Program provides nutrition programs for anyone that wishes to learn how to eat in a healthier manner, and in partnership with Catholic Charities assists with filing federal income tax forms.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Latino Outreach Ministry or you need assistance please contact Evelyn Garzetta.
As part of the Latino Outreach at Grace Church we support and collaborate with Rural and Migrant Ministry. Rural and Migrant Ministry, Inc. acts to overcome the prejudices and poverty.
We are funded by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, MA; Episcopal Charities of New York and private donors.
For more information call Abby Nathanson at (845) 420-4280 or visit https://www.graceyear.org/
Our mission at the Millbrook Community Preschool at Grace Church is to provide a safe, loving environment for our youngest learners (ages 3-5) to explore, learn, and grow. Opportunities for imaginative play are combined with music, art, literature, math, and science in daily school activities. The preschool take place Monday through Friday (according to Millbrook public school calendar), from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you would like more information about the preschool contact the director, Deborah Coconis at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are invited to visit our webpage for more details at Millbrook Community Preschool
Church Alliance Housing and Millbrook At Home, Programs for Senior Citizens
Church Alliance Housing provides 36 units of affordable housing for senior citizens. These apartments on Alden Drive began as a joint effort of the three Millbrook churches, the USDA rural housing program and a Boston bank some thirty years ago, with an additional 12 units built 10 years ago (Church Alliance Gardens).Call (845) 677-5910 for pricing, hours and directions. We are also part of a coalition of Millbrook churches spearheading Millbrook at Home, an organization dedicated to helping seniors remain in their homes and stay connected within the community. Visit the Millbrook At Home website at: http://www.millbrookathome.org/.