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? Holiday Edition
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season Red Door Ministry recieves a lot of requests to volunteer. If you or your organization would like to cook, serve or clean up on any Friday between November 30 and January 18 please contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz directly to see about availability. In your email please be sure to answer the following information :
- What date(s) are you looking to volunteer?
- How many people will be participating?
- What kind of work would you like to do ? (Cooking shift starts at 10 am, serving shift and clothing closet set up starts at 12 noon, clean up shift starts at 2 pm)
At most we can handle 8 individuals per shift each day a total of 24 people. If you are looking for an opportunity for larger staff or organization, we recommend you search on Hands on RVA.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz.
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