Outreach

Change the WorldThe Gospel doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t change lives. St. Margaret’s extensive outreach network offers tangible and meaningful opportunities for you to share in God’s transforming work and serve those who need it most.

Our mission statement includes a commitment to “Change the World.” It begins locally. St. Margaret’s is committed to meeting the needs of our struggling neighbors in the Coachella Valley.

We do this, in part, through our outreach efforts by working with various local agencies and non-profit organizations, by direct assistance, and by working in conjunction with our Diocese (based in San Diego), the Episcopal Church (offices in New York) and the community of all faith filled people. Here is a sampling of the ministries we support and ways for you to become involved in changing the world:

Angel Tree − A Prison Fellowship program providing Christmas presents to prisoners’ children. St. Margaret’s parishioners provide Christmas gifts and toys for children of prisoners who cannot purchase gifts for their children. More than 100 children are served in this way each year at Christmas.

Episcopal Community Services − A ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego in Riverside County. St. Margaret’s is working in conjunction with other local Episcopal churches to expand the ministry of ECS into the Coachella Valley and other areas of Riverside County.

Kairos Prison Ministry − The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen. Locally, men from St. Margaret’s join with other Christian men and twice a year conduct a weekend retreat at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, CA. Women from St. Margaret’s join other Christian women to minister to spouses of those in prison.

Martha’s Kitchen − Along with Martha’s Closet, is located in Indio. A hot lunch is served Monday through Friday to hungry people, without qualification. Martha’s Closet provides clean, used clothing for the needy. In addition, this ministry also assists with short-term shelter needs and medical care.

Neighbors 4 Neighbors  − N4N reaches out to children, adults, and seniors in our community assisting them with the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter. We provide supplemental food boxes for more than 80 families each week.

Read With Me − A program where volunteers go into schools in the East valley weekly and help children learn to read better, comprehend and speak English and know that people care about them as individuals.

Shelter from the Storm − The Coachella Valley’s only facility for victims of domestic violence, Shelter from the Storm provides housing, counseling, and assistance to enable women and their children to escape violent and abusive environments and to start their lives anew.

Tools for Tomorrow − A literacy improvement ministry offered after school in local elementary schools. In 1999 educational experts in the fields of writing, drama, music and art developed literacy based curricula for grades K through 2 and 3 through 5 that were implemented four afternoons a week in four Coachella Valley elementary schools. Tools for Tomorrow continues to provide this free, on-site, after-school program in fifteen Title I (academically at risk) schools in the Palm Springs, Desert Sands, and Coachella Unified School Districts.

Last updated: January 13, 2016 at 8:59 am

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