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 – Continuum of Care –   Raise the Roof: The Shoreline Habitat Connection – Saint Martin de Porres Academy – Shoreline Kitchens and Food Pantry –  Yoga – Youth Continuum

 NMCC also hosts several community organizations

Columbus House

Columbus House is a Connecticut-based, not-for-profit organization whose staff and community of supporters, friends and volunteers work together and committed to fulfilling its mission since 1982: “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 supported of Columbus House for over 25 years, currently serving breakfast 2 Saturdays per month at their location in New Haven.   Our Junior Youth Group Spring Mission weekend includes preparing and serving one of the breakfasts, making bag lunches and hygiene kits for clients and a special project such as cleaning and organizing.   Christmas Eve morning is a family event where we not only serve breakfast, but sing Christmas music led by our choir and distribute wrapped hats, gloves, scarves and socks and food-related gift cards.    If you are interested in joining us, please contact Peter Meier (2nd Saturday), Roberta Hanlon (4th Saturday).

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.

Raise the Roof:  The Shoreline Habitat Connection

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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 if you are interested in getting involved.

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.

Shoreline Kitchen and 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.

 Yoga

NMCC has offered community Yoga classes for over 5 years.  We currently offer 2 classes per week, held year around (with a 2-week break in late August), led by Kathy Bannon, a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and certified personal trainer.

Youth Continuum

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).