Outreach

Red Door Ministry: Hospitality, Health and Healing

Since the early 1980s Grace and Holy Trinity Church has been serving the hungry and homeless around Richmond. Started by the women of the congregation as a soup kitchen, the ministry has expanded to one of healing, hospitality and wholeness.

The Red Door strives to care for the whole person in body, mind and spirit.

During COVID-19 we are providing meals but our clothing closet is closed, we do not have live music and our dining room is closed to the public. We have a meal prep crew of no more than 10 individuals all of whom are over the age of 18, under the age of 65, and have had no known contact with individual testing positive for COVID. All volunteers are wearing masks and practicing social distancing. There are no opportunities for drop in volunteers at this time. We will continue with our roadside meals to go until further notice, or the weather mitigates that we move inside.

We currently feed around 100 individuals every Friday at lunch.

How can I help?

To volunteer on Fridays, please contact Mother Kim directly. Due to COVID-19 precautions the number of people in the building is limited.

If you have a sewing machine and fabric, please make masks for Red Door guests. We are trying to make sure that everyone who needs a mask has one. If you make masks and live in Richmond, we will pick them up at your home. If you are outside of RVA you can mail them to the church directly.

Assembling seasonal bags at your home is something that you can do to help. In the Spring/Summer we include: bug spray, sunscreen, band aids, antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, aspirin and aloe in our Bishop Bags. In the Fall/Winter we include: lip balm, batteries, hand warmers, cough drops/vitamin C drops, tissues, band aids, and antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin. If you are in the local area we can arrange a pick up time; if you are outside of RVA you can mail them to the church directly.

What can I give?

We are currently unable to accept clothing donations because our clothing closet is closed to the public. If you are looking to donate your items to a good cause you can give them to the YWCA, Diversity Thrift, or CARITAS. We will update our website when we are accepting donations again.

Financial donations are greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate to Red Door Ministry you can click the give now link at the top of the web page. A gift of $10.00 will provide lunch for 5 people. You can donate items or make a financial contribution by clicking this Give Now link »

Bishop bags

In February 2017, John Bishop, our parishioner and friend from Red Door Ministry, died of a drug overdose. Before his passing, John had provided Red Door with a list of needed items rarely found in donation bags. These included common drug store items: small bandages, over-the-counter pain relievers, medicated foot powder, batteries (all sizes), candles, antibiotic ointment, and vitamin C drops. In memory of John, the Red Door Ministry now assembles bags of these items to keep on hand for those in need. These bags also include information about local open meetings for Al-Anon, AA and NA, to direct recipients to needed services. We distributed our first batch of “Bishop Bags” — named for John — in April 2017.

Shortly after we began this ministry, we received a letter from John’s mother. Here’s an excerpt:

“I can’t thank you and your ministry enough 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

Please contact The Rev. Kim Reinholz to arrange your Bishop Bag donations.

I can’t thank you and your ministry enough for starting the “Bishop Bags” project. … John would be so proud and happy to have his name attached to such a caring and helpful venture.

Mary Bishop