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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For the month of August 2018
The Kitchen of Grace and Holy Trinity Church is undergoing some maintenance for the month of August. We will not be preparing meals on site, instead the meals will be provided by local restaurants. We will still need volunteers to serve the meal and help with clean up and hospitality in the clothing closet. If you are interested in helping with these aspects of our ministry please sign up here
Many Thanks to our Local Restaurant Partners!
Friday August 10 Meal Provided by David Webber and the Management and Staff of Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe with three locations in Midlothian, Chesterfield and Glen Allen.
Friday August 17 Meal Provided by Rice Edmunds of Shane’s Rib Shack
Friday August 31 Meal Provided by Andy Howell of Camden’s Dogtown Market
We are seeking a partner for August 24 currently! If you or somone you know is interested please contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz
Who We Are
As Episcopalians when we are baptized we promise to respect the dignity of every human being. At Grace and Holy Trinity Church one way in which we keep this promise is by providing a ministry of Hospitality, Healing and Wholeness for those in need in Richmond and the Greater Richmond area. This program provides a seasonal balanced meal weekly to about 90 individuals. Most of our guests are homeless and housing insecure men, however we do have some women, and a few families who join us. We consider this our home and invite volunteers and guests to join together in this common time. This church is a safe space and we hope to keep it this way. We invite individuals to join us for a time of prayer and healing before our meal is served at 12:30 p.m., and our food service begins at 1:00 p.m. We partner with Hands on Greater Richmond for our volunteer needs as well as having a core number of members who are dedicated to this ministry from the Grace and Holy Trinity Church congregation.
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.
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 spring 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.
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.
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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 : bandaids, 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