Here are some of the programs with which we are involved.
Reaching beyond our doors to help our neighbors in the community, the nation, and the world is an integral part of ministry at St. Dunstan’s. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love our neighbors. Here are some of the ways we have done that:
We have loved our neighbors in our community in a variety of ways. During the pandemic we raised $55,000 for RIP Medical Debt, which erased $6.2 million of debt for struggling families in Atlanta.
We also support the Solidarity Sandy Springs Food Pantry with financial and food donations, as well as hands on volunteering.
We make up Thanksgiving bags of “side dish” ingredients for 50 families through Emmaus House (an Episcopal ministry near the old Turner Field).
We adopt families at Christmas, and have sock and coffee drives for our friends at Church of the Common Ground, a congregation without walls in downtown Atlanta. We have opened our doors to homeless families four weeks of the year through the Family Promise ministry.
We have loved our neighbors across the nation with generous donations to help fire victims in Hawaii, hurricane victims in Florida, and tornado victims in Kentucky.
Sometimes helping our neighbors around the globe also means helping neighbors here. We are now sponsoring a refugee family from Myanmar, through English lessons, introductions to life in America, setting up an apartment, and other needs. We’ve previously sponsored a family Syria, one from Africa, and years ago a family from New Orleans fleeing from Hurricane Katrina.
We support the Msalata Theological School in Tanzania through their St. Dunstan’s Medical Fund, providing mosquito nets, glasses, and medicines for students and the surrounding neighbors. And we respond to urgent needs around the globe, most recently with a generous donation to assist Ukrainian refugees.