Red Door Ministries: Hospitality, Health, and Healing
Since the early 1980s Grace and Holy Trinity Church has been serving the hungry, homeless, food and housing insecure community of Richmond. Started by the women of the congregation as a Soup Kitchen in recent years we have expanded to a ministry of Healing, Hospitality and Wholeness.
We strive to care for the whole person in body, mind and spirit to the best of our ability. We do this by providing a well-balanced meal under the supervision of our Kitchen Coordinator; a clothing closet filled with donations from the parish, individuals, and community organizations coordinated by our Social Work Intern; a healing service lead by our clergy; and our prescription assistance.
How can I help?
You are welcome to volunteer with us on Fridays. There are three shifts: cooking, serving and cleaning up.
The Cooking Shift starts at 10 am and we have enough spots for 8 folks weekly. You don’t need kitchen experience and you are working under the supervision of our Kitchen Coordinator, Amber so you don’t need to even know the difference between a cabbage and a carrot, but come willing to work and learn.
The Serving Shift starts at 12 noon and folks will plate food for guests, serve sides, dessert, and talk with guests. Some folks may also help with the clothing closet for this shift. There are enough spots for 8 folks to serve lunch.
The Cleaning Shift starts at 2 pm. This group will clear tables, dry dishes and reset the parish hall for Sunday morning. This work is usually done easily by 5 folks.
If you are interested in volunteering sign up through Hands on Greater Richmond here.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz.
What can I give?
Clothing Needs: We are always in need of seasonally appropriate items for men and women. Donations can be made Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm just ring the bell and a staff person will direct you to the clothing closet. If you are donating more than one bag of clothing please contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz to make arrangements.
Outerwear Needs: Warm Hearts, Warm Hands provides hats, scarves and gloves to folks who are in need through an open door of our Chapel of the Resurrection off of Laurel Street. If you would like to make a donation you can donate items or make a financial contribution by clicking the “Give Now” Link above. We are also in need of winter coats as well as rain gear for folks if you have any extra please donate them.
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