Our Samaria Initiative provides multiple opportunities to tear down the walls that divide us. When we make the effort to meet people that are different from us and go to places that we normally avoid, we discover that we are not all that different from each other. We all want to be loved. We all want to be happy. We all want to have a purpose. We all want peace.
Burroughs-Molette Elementary School Mentors
A Partner in Education with Burroughs-Molette Elementary School, FaithWorks recruits mentors for the students. Mentors commit to spend 30 minutes each week with one student. While the Glynn County School System asks for a 1 semester commitment, we encourage all mentors to consider mentoring their child throughout their elementary education and on into Middle School if possible.
Currently, there are almost 50 mentors at Burroughs-Molette.
For more information, contact Amy Taylor, Guidance Counselor at Burroughs-Molette at 912.267.4130 or contact the Glynn County School Administrative Offices at 912.267.4100 and ask for a mentor application.
Each Tuesday (rain or shine) at 1:00 pm, volunteers show up on O Street between Amherst and Albany Streets. From there, we walk up to Wolfe Street to give out food which we received from America's Second Harvest. We take the vegetables, fruits, cakes and breads door to door and visit briefly with each resident.
Most of the residents who live there are elderly. Most have lived there all of their lives. They are very gracious people who live in an area where drug dealings and prostitution are common.
Even the prostitute and the drug dealer are children of God, and our presence gives an opportunity for doors to be opened for redemptive relationships with them.
Anyone can volunteer for Wolfe Street. We have had parents bring their children, youth leaders bring their teenagers, retirees are there every week.
Come join us!
Norwich Corridor Outreach
Each Tuesday, Twin Oaks Barbecue contributes 10-15 lunches to be given to those who are hurting the most in the Norwich Street area. The food is currently being taking to some women who have had very hard and difficult journeys and to a couple of men who have had the same.
We pick up the lunches around 11:30 and it takes about an hour to make the visits.
If you think you might be interested in participating in this important outreach ministry, please contact Wright Culpepper at 912.261.8512 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
1200 R Street (Homeless Transition)
FaithWorks owns a house on R Street for the purpose of receiving homeless persons who are being discharged from the Brunswick Campus of Southeast Georgia Health System.
The Health System cannot discharge a person to the street, they must discharge them to an address. This gives the homeless person a night or two to adjust and to make plans for the future.
We have a couple who live at the house and manage it for us. We also provide case management to our guests so that they might know what resources in the community are available to them.
For more information about how you can help, contact Janice Applegate at 261-8512 or email her at email@example.com.
North Norwich Outreach
A group of young adult couples have started to build on our Norwich Corridor Outreach by focusing on some needs on the north end of Norwich Street. On the fourth Saturday of each month, they do some yard work at the homes of disabled or elderly persons in the area, and they visit the residents who live in a hotel in the area to bring food and conversation. These conversations can lead the residents to resources that they did not know exist to help them through some difficult situations. If you are interested in participating in the group, contact Erin at 912.506.7348.
Second Saturday Sandwich Ministry
On the second Saturday of each month, Frederica Presbyterian Church takes sandwiches to residents of one of our local public housing complexes. They join with some of the residents there and visit each apartment. Not only do they bring a little food, but they bring words of hope and encouragement. Needs identified by the church are reported to FaithWorks so that follow up assistance can be offered.
If you are interested in participating in this outreach, you may contact Reverend Andy Chambers at 912.634.2240.