At St. Therese we are aware of our Christian response to those in need. The Parish Outreach Committee works to help parishioners become involved with this good work, and we encourage volunteers to assist with this ministry. St. Therese supports the following community agencies:
The Sister Isaac Center
Distributes food, gently-used clothing, household items, furniture, and clothing for employment interviews. Volunteers perform clerical duties, intake, interviewing and serving guests, or folding clothes, shelving food, or pick-up and delivery of furniture.
Cape Fear Catholic Charities
Diocesan agency that distributes food, children’s and baby clothing, including diapers. Professional clinical counseling services are offered with payment through insurance or a sliding-fee scale based on family size and income.
First Fruits Ministries
Food pantry services. Volunteers are needed to help cook dinner for the homeless, serve hot meals on the street to homeless individuals, and give food boxes to low-income families.
The Sgt. Ashley Center
Transitional residence and recovery center for 24 homeless veterans. The Center provides structure, support, and resources to aid in lasting recovery and a return to independent living. On-site group and individual counseling is provided. Mandatory attendance is required to AA/NA meetings. Residents are required to pay a program fee once they establish an income.
Making Waves Foundation
Associated with Wilmington Wave Transit to provide transportation subsidies to area non-profit agencies. The subsidies help those who struggle with access for employment interviews, education, healthcare, and work due to low or non-existent income.
Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM)
Makes urgent repairs and installs accessibility upgrades for safety and health of low-income homeowners. Volunteers make repairs to roofs, floors, plumbing, and weatherization and provide food for crews. It has an active summer youth mission program for out-of-town students and weekend projects for local youth involvement.
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Distributes emergency food to the hungry in the Wilmington area. This 501C3 non-profit organization uses volunteers in partnership with the community without regard to race or religion and with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice
Offers palliative care, assistance, and education to support patients and their families who are facing advance illness. Volunteer opportunities include patient visits, assistance to home-bound patients, administrative jobs such as filing, database entry, answering phones and work with the foundation.
Handmade With Love
Provides quilts for The Sister Isaac Center Outreach clients, especially newborns and the homeless. Quilters meet on the first Monday of each month making new quilts from donated fabric and batting. For five years we exceeded our yearly goal of 100 quilts. Volunteers are welcomed.
A Safe Place
Provides long-term housing in a restorative home to girls who were rescued from sex trafficking. Provides holistic healing, education, counseling and life skills. Modeled after a conventional non-public boarding school, female volunteers from local churches are trained to teach.
Phoenix Hometown Hires
Serves the near homeless by teaching job skills to find, obtain, and maintain meaningful work to become self-sufficient. Volunteers locate employers, compose resumes, provide transportation, GED enrollment, appropriate clothing and coaching for interviews. Volunteers work one morning or afternoon a week.
International Seamen Center
Provides welcome for thousands of seamen from various countries. Some, who are at sea for up to nine months before docking in Wilmington, appreciate the access to phones and internet for contacting family. Volunteers are needed to provide welcome at the Center as well as driving seamen into town for shopping.
Habitat for Humanity
This Christian housing ministry puts God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. It was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety. Our affiliate was established in 1987 and has served more than 175 hard working families through the construction and rehabilitation of homes throughout New Hanover and Pender Counties.
St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church (Food Services)
Collects donated food to assist their outreach program to the needy of their surrounding area. Volunteers are needed to donate and help deliver donated food to St. Joseph weekly.
Good Shepherd Ministries and Day Shelter Center
Provides homeless and near-homeless individuals with showers, clean clothing, hygiene items, counseling, ID assistance and other services. The soup kitchen serves hot lunches six days a week. Breakfasts and dinners are provided for sheltered guests. Volunteers are needed for reception, food prep and serving.
A network of New Hanover County churches that provides a short-term transitional shelter for homeless families. The length of stay is six to eight weeks. Meals and other essentials are provided. Linkage to community services and programs develops future independent living. Volunteers are needed to provide meals, transportation and fellowship.
Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association (CFGALA)
Provides funding for education, recreational, and cultural enrichment activities for children in foster care. These activities help children succeed and take pride in their accomplishments which can be meaningful to those who’ve experienced negativity in their lives.
Transitional Aftercare Network (TAN) - NC Dept. of Public Safety, Div. of Adult Correction
Provides mentors for newly released inmates. Trains individuals, agencies, churches, and faith-based organizations to mentor returning citizens in their transition from incarceration back to their families, communities, workforce, and society. Inmates must qualify for the program prior to release. They often have no one to assist in their transition, and mentors offer much needed guidance and encouragement. Seeking volunteers who have a heart for transformative ministry.
For more information or to offer your time, talent, or treasure at any of these agencies, please contact Mike George at firstname.lastname@example.org.
209 Lumina Avenue S.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Saturday - 5:30 pm
Sunday - 8:00 and 10:30 am
Tuesday - Friday - 12:00 pm daily
Reconciliation - Saturday 4:15 - 5:00 pm