I-Help is an acronym that stands for the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program. St. Philip's is one of about eighty faith based organizations in the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas areas that provide about twenty-five homeless men shelter and a meal for at least one night a week. We also prepare sack lunches for the men to eat the next day. It is truly a family affair where kindness, compassion and mutual respect set the agendas. It is difficult to tell who gets more help , the men or the volunteers when we sit together for a meal.
Interfaith Outreach of Carmel - IOC
St. Philip's is part of the IOC which is a group of Carmel area faith communities who share resources to improve our ability to serve our community. We do this by sharing news of outreach activities in which the faith communities participate and bring forth ideas for events or programs that provide new opportunities to extend the outreach of all the faith communities. The IOC has created a Benefit Shop called "Joining Hands" in the Barnyard Shopping Center in Carmel, which has generated many grants to organizations around the county. Organizations such as Dorothy's Place, Elm House, Shelter Outreach Plus, and area food pantries have al received grants from the revenue from the Benefit Shop.
Food Bank for Monterey County
St. Philip's is proud to be a monthly Food Distribution site for the Food Bank of Monterey County. The first Friday of every month from 9:00 am to 10:00 am our members help distribute food packages for low income and needy families in our area. We also load up a truck of supplies to take over to Pacific Meadows to distribute to low income seniors living there. Our members help load the food in people's cars and help with the very easy paperwork process for people to receive the food packages. St. Philip's is also a drop off site for the Food Bank. You will find a large food barrel located just inside the front doors. Non-perishable foods are always welcome!
Bread for the World
Hunger in the United States and the world is a complex problem with no easy or clear solution. St. Philip's is a Bread for the World Covenant Church. The covenant states that St. Philip's will: see and learn God's message in worship and study, help hungry and poor people in the community, support the church's hunger relief programs and to participate in the BFW's hunger fighting efforts and give the needs of the poor prominence in daily living and to reflect in our lives an awareness of our role as stewards of God's gifts.
Our contributions to the Heifer Project produce self-sustaining and regenerative good effect among the poorest of God's children. Heifer's philosophy goes way beyond feeding. Heifer recognizes in all people their inherent dignity and willingness to be self-supporting by their own contributions. Heifer agriculture project give poor people the means to create and sustain viable village economies.