JM_logoLife together at Holy Cross is grounded in the worship of God through prayer and service. As The Book of Common Prayer reminds us, we are called not only to serve God with our lips but with our lives. There are many ways we do this at Holy Cross, but each way impacts the community in some fashion. We invite you to join us, if not on Sunday morning, then any day during the week as we serve God and our neighbor. Holy Cross is a Jubilee Ministry Center of The Episcopal Church.

 

Holy Cross Villas

With locations in both Shreveport and Bossier City, Holy Cross Villas and Holy Cross Villas West offer affordable housing for senior citizens. Holy Cross was instrumental in building the Villas in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

In partnership with HUD, The Villas provide comfortable quarters to eligible tenants on an equitable basis to all applicants, regardless of religion, race, or social background.

 

 

Seeds to Success Garden

Garden 2

Some years ago our lot behind the church was a forest, just sitting there, soaking up the sun and the rain. The Occupational Therapy students at the medical school decided they wanted to work with our neighbors to make a garden for their fall project.

At the same time but independently, Donna Earnest’s Project–ING class that meets in our Education Building every other Friday had the idea of a garden.

Holy Cross had the lot cleared. The two groups got together. And they invited the residents of the McAdoo Hotel, the VOA’s apartments for Veterans down the street, to work with them.

Shreveport Green and the Agricultural Center got involved, and now we have ten raised beds, four rain barrels and compost piles, and new seeds planted every season!

Garden 3Members and friends of Holy Cross have supported the garden by working in it and providing funds and tools. Shreveport Green and the Ag Center offer instruction on healthy eating and cooking, and our neighbors enjoy the fruits of the garden. We are very excited to take a step to ensure the health of our friends! Plans are for 10 more beds.

 

 

 

Caddo Council on Aging

The Caddo Council on Aging is the primary provider of services for senior citizens in our area. Holy Cross has supported their ministry primarily in the Meals on Wheels program, which regularly delivers meals to senior citizens in their homes. In some cases, the meals provided by the Caddo Council on Aging are the only well rounded meals our senior citizens get.

 

 

 

The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission

Homeless people (individual or families) requiring immediate housing, food, and medical assistance are served by the rescue mission. Through the years, as the Rescue Mission has grown and expanded their services, Holy Cross has provided substantial economic support. Visit their website here.

 

 

The Fuller Center for Housing

Following Hurricane Katrina, Millard Fuller committed to build 60 houses in the Allendale neighborhood of Shreveport.

Initially, these houses were intended for people who had evacuated South Louisiana. The opportunity to own a home has been extended to members of the Shreveport-Bossier City community. Having almost completed the original commitment, The Fuller Center has expanded their ministry to include refurbishing houses and building in other neighborhoods.

The work of churches and organizations in our community through The Fuller Center and Community Renewal International is transforming the Allendale neighborhood, adjacent to downtown Shreveport!

 

The Philadelphia Center

Established in 1990, The Philadelphia Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 community service organization dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS education, information and support to the citizens of Northwest Louisiana.

While the majority of the people the Philadelphia Center serves are HIV positive, the center provides services and support to anyone impacted in any way by the disease. Services include HIV/AIDS testing, education and outreach, a food bank, and assistance with medication, transportation and housing.

The Philadelphia Center’s Shreveport office is located at 2020 Centenary Blvd. Under its umbrella also is the Mercy Center, a home for indigent people who are HIV positive, located at 740 Austin Place, Shreveport. The Philadelphia Center recently acquired a third house on Austin Place, to be used as a residential home for people with HIV-AIDS.

St. Luke’s Medical Ministry

Under the leadership of the Rev. Ken Cooper, the Episcopal Churches of the Shreveport Convocation formed St. Luke’s Medical Ministry in 2009.

The medical van follows a monthly schedule to visit sites in Bossier City, Shreveport, Minden and Mansfield, taking medical evaluation, education and care to people who ordinarily do not have access to care.

Betty Johnson, the ministry’s Executive Director,  plans and administers the missions. Volunteers are medical and non-medical people from our churches and the community.

At this time all funding comes from church donations and grants. St. Luke’s provides a much needed service to an under-served part of the population of our communities.

The Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy

In 2003, after extensive research on the needs of our community, the Episcopal churches of our convocation joined with others in the Jewish and Christian communities to begin the free pharmacy.

Mission: The Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy provides free, life-sustaining medications to individuals who lack the resources to pay for them. Our service strategy is a regional community-wide volunteer effort in which services are provided in an environment of caring concern preserving the dignity of those served and promoting the health of our community.

The Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy distributes medicine from its office at 909 Olive Street  in Shreveport. Their phone number is (318) 425-3553.

 

 

Episcopal Relief and Development

During Advent our custom has been to support a special ministry, Episcopal Relief and Development. Formerly The Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief, ERD is The Episcopal Church’s heart and hands in a world broken and hurting.

Whenever a natural disaster occurs and disrupts the lives of people anywhere; whenever war, famine or disease bring pain and death; in places where resources and education are needed for economic growth or agricultural improvement, ERD brings help and comfort and relief to the area and its people.

The Church reaches millions of people in over forty countries to help “alleviate hunger, improve the food supply, create economic opportunities, promote health and fight disease, while rebuilding, strengthening and educating communities all around the world.”

Our gifts to ERD make this part of the Church’s mission possible. We encourage donations to ERD at any time, and during Advent we suggest “alternative gifts” in the form of donations.