This King of Peace MCC Ministry provides opportunities to use our resources in support of the community-at-large. Everyone is welcome to participate in HOT projects, whether you’re an “official” team member or not.
About the Team
The Human Outreach Team (HOT) provides an opportunity for KOP MCC members and friends to look beyond the church confines and meet the special needs of people in our community and around the world.
The best part about the Human Outreach Team is our number one priority — ourselves. We agree that to serve our community, we need to take care of ourselves first. There are some very strong relationships that naturally develop in this ministry because of that philosophy. There are many local restaurants that love us because we wind up sharing a lot of meals together.
Here’s a few of the ways HOT helps make a difference:
Feeding the homeless–Every fourth Sunday at St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s Beacon House from 4:00–6:00 pm, the team prepares and serves a meal. This also involves planning meals and shopping for food.
Holiday meals for the Suncoast Center’s Wellness and Recovery
Center–We help the clients and staff at this day facility for the mentally challenged celebrate the major holidays with food and fun at a lunch-time event. These folks are under served and are ecstatic to see us coming in.
Raise funds to surgically correct cleft palates–We solicit donations from our congregation for the Smile Train program to help children around the world lead better lives..
Support St. Petersburg Free Clinic–We collect personal care items, such as deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc., (See the monthly suggested items below.) for their clients, and through our Christmas Gift Tree collect Christmas gifts for the residents in their women’s transition house.
Support A Turning Point–We provide food when we can to this homeless inebriate take-in facility, as well as collecting personal care items and clothing. (See the monthly suggested items below), gently used clothing, laundry detergents, and hairstyling through local volunteer stylists.
Heifer Project–We raise funds through our congregation to provide farm animals and training to poor families here and abroad, so they can become self-sufficient and teach others how to do the same. Click on www.heifer.org for more information.(This project currently is on hold.)
Family Promise–This program is an interfaith network that comes together to provide shelter for families with children who find themselves homeless. The program currently is under development and the KOP MCC Board has approved housing for families at our church for up to four weeks each year. Click on www.familypromisepinellas.org for more information.
Monthly personal care items collected for St. Petersburg Clinic and A Turning Point (Please drop off donations at the church.)
January – shaving cream and razors
February – shampoo
March – toilet paper
April – hand soap
May – deodorant
June – toothpaste and toothbrushes
July – paper towels
August – feminine care
September – toilet paper
October – hand soap
November – deodorant
December – toothpaste and toothbrushes
A wallet-sized reminder card is available in the church social hall.
The Human Outreach Team at St. Vincent de Paul Center of Hope.