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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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.
What We Do
We feed approximately 90 people per week.
We clothe individuals through our donation supplied clothing closet.
We provide prescription assistance through those who use the MCV pharmacy system and need assistance with copays.
We pray for and with those who are seeking healing for their bodies, souls, minds, and spirits.
Why We Do What We Do
We believe that loving our neighbor is loving Jesus Christ. We respect the dignity of every human being as we promised to do at our baptism. This means we greet all who enter our spiritual home at Grace and Holy Trinity with a smile and open arms. Whoever you are you are welcome at our Friday meal.
How Can I Help?
Volunteers are always appreciated. We have three shifts of work available every Friday. You can cook, serve, or clean up. The cooking shift begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes setting tables, preparing the food, and getting ready for lunch service. The serving shift begins at 12:30 p.m. and involves serving the meal to guests. The clean up shift begins at 1:45 p.m., and runs until the hall is swept, wiped down, dishes are done and bathrooms are straitened up. We ask that kitchen volunteers be over the age of 16, but if you are younger we can find other jobs for you to do, with appropriate adult supervision.
Please sign up for shifts here:
We have recently partnered with Hands on Greater Richmond to help coordinate our volunteer effort. When you click on the links above you will be redirected to their website.
If you are signing up for court mandated hours please contact The. Rev. Kimberly Reinholz after you register. She will provide letters confirming your hours at your request with adequate notice of your need, letters usually take one week to complete, but can take up to 10 business days.
If you are volunteering as a large group each member of the group needs to sign up individually. Please do not sign up as an individual and bring more than one guest with you (we consider guests those who help who are under the age of 16 so cannot sign up through Hands on RVA). If you have questions about this please contact The. Rev. Kimberly Reinholz.
Please dress appropriately for working in the kitchen, closed toed shoes and clothing which is not too loose or which leaves too much skin exposed.
Please arrive at the beginning of your shift. If you are on the cookg team or the serving team you are welcome to join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. All volunteers are invited to participate in the healing service at 12:30 p.m. if you desire.
Volunteers are also invited to bring items for the clothing closet if you desire- seasonally appropriate clothing, travel sized toiletries, t-shirts and underwear are especially needed during this time of year.
The MVP’s of Red Door include:
Simms- our Kitchen Coordinator a student at VCU who started managing the kitchen in 2017 when The Rev. Kim Reinholz went on maternity leave. He’s the guy in the chefs jacket on Friday and he directs the menu planning and meal prep.
Molly – our Volunteer Coordinator a long term volunteer who has a passion for feeding ministry (you might also find her at St Marks). She is a tireless leader and works with the front of the house making sure our the guests all get a little something sweet when she covers the “candy table”.
Jordan- our Front Desk Coordinator and campus minister from VCU she has been working with Red Door for 2 years and she is the smiling face our guests see when they sign in each week.
Andrew, Dish, Bill, John and Bobby- are the dish washers they are usually behind the scenes scrubbing pots pans and all our flatware.
Loraine- our Corn Bread cooker has been supervising the kitchen’s preparation of corn bread for years and with her loving touch it is always excellent. When she isn’t around you know because we either don’t have corn bread, or it just isn’t quite the same.
Kate- our clothing closet organizer she is the woman who sets up cleans up and helps provide whatever we can for our guests.
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.
See some photos here.
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
UPDATE THE BROAD STREET MILE HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2017. KIM WILL BE RUNNING A DIFFERENT 5K MORE INFORMATION WILL BECOMING SOON!