Serve the Community

NMCC members are actively involved in serving local communities, group and individual needs with financial as well as volunteer assistance.   Jesus reminds us that we are his hands and his heart in an aching world, and that the call to justice and mercy are at the core of our faith.  

 Columbus House – Connecticut Food Bank – Continuum of Care – 

Giving Tree – Habitat for Humanity – Madison Food Pantry – New Reach

New Haven Youth Continuum – Saint Martin de Porres Academy

Columbus House

Columbus House www.columbushouse.org is a Connecticut-based, not-for-profit organization whose staff and community of supporters, friends and volunteers work together toward a shared goal of one day ending homelessness as we know it.    Since 1982, Columbus House has remained committed to fulfilling its mission: “To serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, by providing shelter and by fostering their personal growth and independence.”

NMCC has been a long-time supporter of Columbus House by purchasing and serving breakfast 3 Saturdays per month at their location in New Haven.    In addition, we bring holiday cheer to the Columbus House guests on Christmas Eve morning with not only breakfast, but Christmas music led by our choir and joined by other NMCC family members as well as Columbus House residents.   Finally, the residents delight in the wrapped gifts and food-related gift cards we bring for them to open.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Peter Meier (2nd Saturday) peterm190@yahoo.com, Roberta Hanlon (4th Saturday) robertahanlon@msn.com.

 Connecticut Food Bank

NMCC provides financial support on a regular basis to the CT Food Bank.   With a huge need for donations in Connecticut. this is where our dollars go the farthest in helping those in need.

Their mission is to alleviate hunger in Connecticut.  The CT Food Bank distributes food and other resources to approximately 600 local emergency food assistance programs in six of Connecticut’s eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham.

Continuum of Care, Inc.

Continuum-of-CareContinuum of Care, Inc. is a not for profit organization operating licensed group homes, supported living programs, intensive 24–hour supported living programs, community–based crisis and respite services, and residential case management services. The Agency touches the lives of more than 1,200 individuals annually in various locations throughout Connecticut. For more information contact NMCC member Jim Farrales, Vice President of the organization and NMCC liaison.

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is an actual tree with branches that resides in Fellowship Hall and offers opportunities for our members to reach out to people from our church and surrounding communities. There are decals that hang from the tree, which contain various service options that range from purchasing a gift card, food, or household items from a local supermarket to helping out women and children at a New Haven Shelter. Organizations such as Columbus House, The CT Food Bank, The Shoreline Soup Kitchen, New Reach, St. Martin de Porres Academy, New Haven Youth Continuum, the Clinton Food Pantry, Madison Social Services, and The Madison Food Pantry are just some that we support. Members of our church community are encouraged to visit the tree periodically to choose a service opportunity to carry out.
Email or call Allison Rivera at arivera7777@aol.com, 203-915-8409 / 203-915-8409.

  Habitat for Humanity

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Raise the Roof: Your Shoreline Habitat Connection (formerly Madison Cares) is dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing through community participation that includes financial support, volunteer labor and leadership for local, national and global Habitat for Humanity International builds.

NMCC is a founding member of Madison Cares, now Raise the Roof, and is committed to its mission to bring Shoreline residents together to sponsor Habitat for Humanity projects in New Haven. We are excited to be able to continue our support of Raise the Roof in its worthwhile endeavors with financial and volunteer support.

To volunteer, no construction skills are necessary, just a desire to help and you must be at least 16 years old.   We supply work crews every 5 to 6 weeks, typically on a Saturday.   Work begins at 9:00 am and continues till 3:00 pm or so.  Please contact John Gallops by E-mail at jgallops@aol.com if you are interested in getting involved.

 Madison Food Pantry

Our Church conducts many charity fundraisers and food drives for Madison Social Services and the Food Pantry.    Food items are collected all year long as well as fresh vegetables from our Church garden.  Around the holidays we also donate grocery cards for members of the community in need.  Items may be dropped off at the back of the sanctuary.

 NewReach

NMCC has been involved with New Reach (formerly New Haven Home Recovery) over the years in varying capacities.  Members of our congregation have served on their Board of Directors, volunteered at their annual Auction Event at Anthony’s, have generously given as donors, and annually support multiple families as part of their Holiday Adopt-A-Family Initiative.  It is the mission of New Reach to promote the independence of women and children confronted with homelessness, HIV/AIDS and behavioral health issues in a supportive environment where their potential can be realized.

NewReach was established in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, by the Reverend Rosalie Richards in response to a critical need to shelter women with dependent children.  During that time, shelter services were available for adult women and men in New Haven, but no one had addressed the needs of women with children who were homeless.

New Haven Youth Continuum

The New Haven Youth Continuum protects and promotes the well-being of at-risk youth and provides them with the skills necessary to take advantage of opportunities for a healthy and productive future.  NMCC provides financial support.

Founded in 1966 and incorporated/DCF licensed in 1968, Youth Continuum has worked with the at-risk youth population (ages 13 to 23) since its inception. For most of this time, Youth Continuum has been the only provider of these services in the greater New Haven area, serving a primary population of over 500,000 (New Haven and 21 surrounding towns).

 Saint Martin de Porres  Academy 

NMCC provides financial support for Saint Martin de Porres Academy, an independent faith-based, Nativity Miguel Network middle school located in New Haven.  The goal is to end the cycle of poverty through education, one precious child at a time.

The Academy provides tuition free: extended day education for under-served girls and boys from low-income families in grades 5 through 8.  Students attend school for 10-hours a day, 11-months of the year.   Each student plays an instrument and participates in daily co-curricular enrichment activities, which include sports, arts, service, cooking, and other similar programs.  The majority of the teaching staff is made up of AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows.

For more information contact NMCC member Allison Rivera, President of the school and NMCC liaison.