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St. Paul's Outreach Center aims to help community thrive

“Life’s most urgent and persistent question is What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Staff members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta asked themselves what their church was doing for others, and all agreed “not enough.” It was time to do more.  In response, the church established and incorporated the St. Paul’s Outreach Center, a 501 (c)(3) organization to provide outreach services to the surrounding Peyton Woods community and the greater Atlanta area.

The St. Paul’s Outreach Center operates out of a church-owned property—an old house–at 365 Peyton Road, a few doors from the church.  From this facility, the center provides programs and meaningful services to meet the basic needs of individuals, youth, families, and senior citizens.  A committed group of church volunteers provides valuable time and talents to assist in supporting the center’s three main program areas:

Food Distribution ~ Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the center distributes food to the community.  More than 500 families are served monthly and approximately 7,000 pounds of food are distributed per month. Turkey baskets are also distributed during the Thanksgiving holiday season.

On a recent Saturday Food Giveaway – made possible by Atlanta Community Food Bank’s excess -- 285 families received more than 20 pounds of food per family. Nearly 50 church volunteers turned out to assist with the distribution. Among the volunteers were Beth-Sarah Wright, wife of Bishop of Atlanta Rob Wright, and Rhonda Fischer, wife of Rector Charles Fischer. 

Clothing ~ The center maintains a clothes closet, which provides free clothing and household items to more than 500 families. 

Education ~ Volunteers mentor boys and girls in grades 3-5 at Peyton Forest Elementary School and F. L. Stanton Elementary School.  An exciting new Adult Literacy Program was recently introduced for parents and the community at Stanton. A math and science tutoring program for first and second graders at the schools will be implemented soon.

“The St. Paul’s Outreach Center will remain citizen-focused and intentional about forming lasting relationships, improving and strengthening the quality of life in the Peyton Woods community, and helping the community to thrive,” says Rector Charles Fischer.

For information about the St. Paul’s Outreach Center and its programs, contact Tami Boyd, interim executive director at 404-696-3620, ext. 224 or at spoc@stpaulatl.org.

Photos by Nan Ross