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.
For the most up to date information follow us on Facebook: Red Door RVA
If you are concerned about the people displaced by the closing of Monroe Park in the Fall of 2016 we encourage you to be in contact with the two agencies working to find alternate shelter: Homeward and Commonwealth Catholic Charities.
The Friday Meal- AKA “The Soup Kitchen”
For 25+ years Grace and Holy Trinity Church has opened its doors and fed the hungry. For the first 23 years or so we were strictly a soup kitchen. We served the same White Bean Soup with Cornbread every Friday. In 2015, we re-opened after our parish hall was renovated with a new outlook and a new approach to our ministry. We were no longer only a feeding ministry but a hospitality ministry. We remained open year-round and we started serving full meals on Fridays, with live music, and a healing service at 12:30, which is open to the public.
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.
If you are an individual who would like to volunteer on a single Friday lunch service please sign up for one of the following shifts:
First Shift 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 am Meal Preparation: Cooking, Cleaning, Setting Up
11:30am- 12:00 p.m. Volunteer Lunch / Tour of the Property
Second Shift 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Meal Service: Serving Food, Doing Dishes, Helping with Clothing Closet Distribution
Third Shift 2:00-3:30 p.m. Meal Clean up: Dishes, Clearing Tables, Sweeping Floors, Stacking Chairs.
Each Shift includes space for 10 volunteers per day, if your day is filled please sign up to be “on call” and we will contact you if we have an increased work load, or if someone is a no show.
We run a relatively small kitchen and do not like to overwhelm our guests with volunteers “waiting for something to do”. If you have a group of 6 or more individuals we ask that you come in smaller groups because of our space restrictions. We ask that you do not just “show up” if you are part of a group or community organization but make arrangements with us so that there is enough work for you and all your members to do.
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.
If you can link to the video from our Facebook page
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. 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. 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. There are also non-clothing items which we like to provide for our guests these items include: