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The Church of the Holy Cross is best defined by our ministry, a primary and integral part of our church community and the reason our parish was founded in 1954. Life together at Holy Cross is grounded in worship of God and is lived out in fellowship and care for one another and in our commitment to serve in God’s name the community of Shreveport-Bossier City. Holy Cross is a Jubilee Ministry Center of The Episcopal Church.
Seeing the need for a day shelter in our neighborhood, Holy Cross opened Hope House several years ago. Here our neighbors may enjoy coffee, shower, do their laundry, receive mail, access telephone service and have a snack and a cold drink of water.
Hope House is managed by Hope for the Homeless, who house their offices there and provide the services of two social workers. The building also offers rooms for supervised meetings. The Holy Eucharist and prayer are offered each Thursday afternoon to the clients of Hope House.
Other churches and interested groups join us to provide sack meals, laundry and bath products, care and fellowship. Through the efforts of volunteers and churches in the community, the back yard of Hope House was landscaped and furnished with tables, chairs, fans and serving tables to provide a quiet, restful, pretty place for our clients to relax. Hope’s Haven is open during the hours Hope House is open.
We have just completed renovations to make the space downstairs more usable. Hope House now has two showers and two toilets, independent of one another; an ice machine and a new refrigerator. Next up: a new floor!
Next Step Ministries
Last year Hope for the Homeless identified 156 people living on the street in our area. One year later, they have helped 58 of them into permanent housing! The next step: Christy and Brian, Hope’s Social Workers, have begun anger management classes in our Education Building. Seventeen people are enrolled, and the classes are going well.
To help our neighbors take the next step in their lives, Holy Cross provides “incentive gifts”, like homemade cookies. We also address the ongoing need for everyday items like toilet paper, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, etc., as well as food staples like bread, margarine, nonperishable shelf food. On Tuesday afternoons, the people of Holy Cross deliver their gifts and visit with the people who come to the class.
Holy Cross Villas
Through our 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.
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 Meels 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.
The Fuller Center for Housing
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. To date, 42 houses have been built.
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 202o Centenary Blvd., and a new office has recently been opened in Natchitoches. It also manages the Mercy Center, a housing facility for HIV-positive indigent people, 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.
Brenda Nims, the ministry’s Executive Director, is a nurse with a masters degree in Public Health and extensive experience in mission work and administration. Volunteers are medical and non-medical people from our churches.
At this time all funding comes from church donations. 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 interfaith free pharmacy.
The Vision of the Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy is for residents in our community who are uninsured to have access to free prescription medicines so they may regain and stabilize their health to maintain their jobs, their residences and their independence.
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 Interfaith Pharmacy provides free medicines for the uninsured and under-insured by utilizing donations of time, medicines and funding available locally and regionally. These resources available to us as a charitable pharmacy are linked to the needs of our community through established connections in the medical and social service community.
The Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy distributes medicine from its office at 909 Olive Street in Shreveport.
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. Last year the church reached nearly three million 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.