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. We do this by providing a balanced meal, a healing service led by our clergy, prescription medication assistance, and a well-stocked clothing closet with many donations from our parish and the community. Thanks to these resourced and volunteers, we feed approximately 120 individuals every Friday at lunch.
How can I help?
Volunteer with us on Fridays! There are three shifts:
- The Cooking Shift starts at 10:00 a.m. and has spots for 8 volunteers each week. You don’t need any kitchen experience, just a desire to serve and to learn. All volunteers work under the supervision of our Kitchen Coordinator.
- The Serving Shift starts at noon. Up to 8 volunteers plate food, serve sides and dessert, and talk with guests. Some volunteers on this shift also may help with the clothing closet.
- The Cleaning Shift starts at 2:00 p.m. This group, usually 5 volunteers, clears tables, dries dishes and resets the parish hall for Sunday morning.
What can I give?
Clothing: We are always in need of seasonally appropriate items for men and women. Donations can be made Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Just ring the bell at our entrance door and a staff person will direct you to the clothing closet.
In the cooler months, hats, scarves and gloves plus outerwear, winter coats and rain gear are needed. You can donate items or make a financial contribution by clicking the Give Now link »
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.