Serve the Community

Let our service begin…transforming lives through help, hope, opportunity and personal growth….with these Outreach Ministries:

Columbus House – Continuum of Care –   Raise the Roof: The Shoreline Habitat Connection – Saint Martin de Porres Academy – Loaves & Fishes Ministry –  Community Yoga – Youth Continuum

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. have helped tens of thousands of individuals to transform their lives, moving from a world of hopelessness, homelessness, instability and/or institutionalization to a stable world of possibilities for over 50 years.   Their mission:  to enable people who are challenged with mental illness, intellectual disability or other disability, and/or addiction, to rebuild a meaningful life and thrive in the community.

The organization provides extensive and comprehensive services, such as case management, counseling, housing, and living arrangements.  Continuum of Care welcomed the opportunity to enrich the clients’ lives by partnering with NMCC who provided educational workshops that have taught and inspired new skills for Continuum’s clients, engaging them in workshops on “Body Mechanics”, “Seeing Colors”, “Knit-In”, “Crafting a Small Carry Bag”, and “Poetry.”  These social and learning experiences enrich the clients’ lives and give them opportunities they otherwise would not have such as painting or maintenance projects for some of the group homes.   For more information contact Jim Farrales, Vice President of the organization and NMCC liaison.

Raise the Roof:  The Shoreline Habitat Connection

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 a.m. and continues till 3:00 p.m. or so.  Please contact John Gallops if you are interested in getting involved.

Saint Martin de Porres Academy

Saint Martin de Porres Academy is an indipendent 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.

NMCC supports this ministry not only financially, but there are currently 11 NMCC volunteers who serve the students, including a band director, violin and piano teachers, Boy Scout Troop leader, van driver, librarian and 5 tutors. To kick off the new school year, our members filled Giving Tree requests for student supplies and books for the SMPA Library.
For more information contact NMCC member Karen Miller.

Community Yoga

For over 7 years, NMCC has offered a local, affordable, healthy was to share with our community, connecting care for oneself and the Earth in a holisitic and spiritual manner.  Community Yoga classes are offered twice a week, 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 is a multi-service agency serving homeless and at-risk youth and young adults with emergency, residential and community services across southern Connecticut.  Founded in 1966, 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).

NMCC works with Youth Continuum, New Haven providing financial support for bedding, hygiene kits and other supplies.   We held a Bingo/pizza night event with gift cards as prizes.  For more information, contact Lyn Boling.