Red Door Ministries: Hospitality, Health, and Healing
Our Red Door Ministries
We are known to many of our Friday guests as the “Red Door Church” hence the name for our Friday ministries. They include our Friday meal, clothing closet, prescription assistance program, and a service of prayers and laying on of hands for healing. Read below to learn more about these ministries.
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Red Door – All Hands on Deck
Over the summer in our Red Door Hospitality Ministry we have an abundance of guests (averaging last summer 120 per week) but a shortage of volunteers (because VCU students are on summer break). We’d love to have your help with cooking (from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), serving (from 1:00-2:00 p.m.) or cleaning (2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.pm). Even better bring a group with you, maybe you can convince your boss to give you a half day and you can serve with your office mates. Click here to sign up. We look forward to seeing you. If you can’t help in person, consider making a donation of canned chicken or tuna for our pantry. In the hot months we make cold chicken and tuna salad to keep our kitchen cool and our cost per meals low. Thanks!
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In 2016 we served over 5,000 meals or approximately 110 meals per week. Our ever changing menu prepared by volunteers was based upon fresh fruits and vegetables which we gleaned from the Ram Pantry @VCU. The relationship with Ram Pantry allowed us to keep our costs per meal under $2.00. Unfortunately in the Fall of 2016 Ram Pantry’s relationship with their produce provider ended so we are currently seeking in kind donations from grocers, farmers markets, or others to help offset our costs for 2017.
Serving and Volunteering at Red Door
Volunteers are always appreciated. We have three shifts of work available every Friday. You can cook, serve or clean up. The cooking shift begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes setting tables, preparing the food, and getting ready for lunch service. The serving shift begins at 12:30 p.m. and involves serving the meal to guests. The clean up shift begins at 1:45 p.m. and runs until the hall is swept, wiped down, dishes are done and bathrooms are straitened up. We ask that kitchen volunteers be over the age of 16, but if you are younger we can find other jobs for you to do, with appropriate adult supervision.
Please sign up for shifts here:
We have recently partnered with Hands on Greater Richmond to help coordinate our volunteer efforts when you click on the links above you will be redirected to their website.
If you are signing up for court mandated hours please contact The. Rev. Kimberly Reinholz after you register. She will provide letters confirming your hours at your request with adequate notice of your need, letters usually take one week to complete, but can take up to 10 business days.
Please dress appropriately for working in the kitchen, closed toed shoes and clothing which is not too loose or which leaves too much skin exposed.
Please arrive at the beginning of your shift. If you are on the cooking team or the serving team you are welcome to join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. All volunteers are invited to participate in the healing service at 12:30 p.m. with our guests if you desire.
Volunteers are also invited to bring items for the clothing closet if you desire- seasonally appropriate clothing, travel sized toiletries, t-shirts and underwear are especially needed during this time of year.
If you need a record of your community service hours you must sign in and sign out every day when you serve at Red Door, and you need to make arrangements with The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz for a letter to be sent to the proper authorities. The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz may need up to 48 hours to complete your request based upon her schedule; she cannot provide proof of hours on Fridays or Mondays.
If you are a leader of a VCU student organization and would like to volunteer as a group please contact Jordan Cooke.
If you are a business or other organization in Richmond and would like to volunteer as a group please contact Molly Howle. We especially look for help from local businesses and organizations in December-January over winter break at VCU, during Spring Break and between May and August during Summer vacation.
Music at Red Door
In 2015 our interim director for Red Door Ministry Miles Hoge conducted a series of interviews with our guests, and learned that one of the most poignant aspects of living on the streets or in poverty is the silence. So often those of us who have cars and spend times in offices and stores think of music as background noise, but for our guests who live on the streets the silence is deafening. Miles enlisted local musicians to address this need and for nearly 2 years we have invited individuals to play during our meal. Whatever your talent you are welcome to play on Friday. We’ve had Allison Steele from the Steele Family Band, a Bagpiper from Baptist Campus Ministry at VCU, Folk/Country pick up bands as well as Jazz groups play in the past. If you are interested in playing on a Friday please sign up here.
Here is some of the local flavor who have played at Red Door in 2017
Clothing Closet at Red Door
We offer a small seasonal clothing closet weekly (when our stock permits) for our guests. All items are donated (clean, gently used seasonally appropriate items are always appreciated) and given freely to those in need. This summer we are in need of men’s pants in all sizes especially. Our guests greatly appreciate the generosity of members of the Grace and Holy Trinity congregation as well as other local businesses and organizations who hold coat, clothing, and hygiene drives seasonally.
Many thanks to the Congregation of Grace and Holy Trinity who bought “Outside the Mite Box” for their Lenten collection in 2017 and donated outerwear and rainwear for our guests of Red Door. We collected umbrellas, ponchos, raincoats, and boots on Palm Sunday, and laid them in the aisle in homage to the crowds in Jerusalem who threw their cloaks in the road in front of Jesus as he rode triumphantly into the city. We welcome our neighbors in need as Christ welcomes us with love and respect and dignity.
See photos here
If you or someone you know would like to hold a clothing drive which would benefit Red Door Ministry’s Clothing Closet please consider holding and donating drives “off season”. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas we receive a lot of offers, but we need items year round. Some items which we are always in need of in our clothing closet are found on our Amazon Wish List.
In February 2017, our parishioner and friend from Red Door Ministry, John Bishop, died of a drug overdose. Before his passing John had provided the Red Door Ministry with a list of items which folks who are living on the streets need that are often overlooked. Items like : band aids, over the counter pain relievers, medicated foot powder, batteries (all sizes), candles, antibiotic ointment, vitamin C drops, and more were on the list. In memory of John the Red Door Ministry is hoping to begin to assemble bags of these items to keep on hand for those in need. Also included in these bags will be information about local open meetings for Al-anon, AA and NA so that folks know where they can go to find help and support for themselves, friends or family if or when they need it. We are calling these gifts “Bishop Bags” in remembrance of John. If you would like to contribute any items for these bags please contact The Rev. Kim Reinholz to make arrangements.
We distributed our first round of Bishop Bags in April of 2017 and hope to make this a bi-monthly gift to our guests. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
We recently received a letter from John’s mother in support of this ministry. An excerpt is included below.
“ I can’t thank you and your ministry for starting the “Bishop Bags” project. Please let me know if there is anything you need. John would be so proud and happy to have his name attached to such a caring and helpful venture” ~ Mary Bishop
Other ways to Support Red Door:
Lace up your Running Shoes: The Rev. Kim Reinholz is going to do a couch to 5k summer in preparation for the Broad Street Mile on September 30, 2017. This is kind of a big deal, Kim was a swimmer in her past life trading her cap and goggles for sneakers is a big stretch! If you’d like to join her in training she will be using a couch to 5 k app on her smartphone but you can print the workouts here and get ready for the race with her. This race isn’t just about getting in shape, but it is also a fundraising opportunity for Red Door Ministry. The VCU community organizes this annual event- which includes the 5 k, a mile fun run for kids, and a doggie dash and spirit of giving mile- and all proceeds go directly to non-profit organizations. We will be registering for the run(s) as a team, if you are interested in joining the Red Door Team email Kim.
The MVP’s of Red Door include:
Simms- our Kitchen Coordinator a student at VCU who started managing the kitchen in 2017 when The Rev. Kim Reinholz went on maternity leave. He’s the guy in the chefs jacket on Friday and he directs the menu planning and meal prep.
Molly – our Volunteer Coordinator a long term volunteer who has a passion for feeding ministry (you might also find her at St Marks). She is a tireless leader and works with the front of the house making sure our the guests all get a little something sweet when she covers the “candy table”.
Jordan- our Front Desk Coordinator and campus minister from VCU she has been working with Red Door for 2 years and she is the smiling face our guests see when they sign in each week.
Andrew, Dish, Bill, John and Bobby- are the dish washers they are usually behind the scenes scrubbing pots pans and all our flatware.
Loraine- our Corn Bread cooker has been supervising the kitchen’s preparation of corn bread for years and with her loving touch it is always excellent. When she isn’t around you know because we either don’t have corn bread, or it just isn’t quite the same.
Kate- our clothing closet organizer she is the woman who sets up cleans up and helps provide whatever we can for our guests.