Mission

Mission

Our congregation believes strongly in partnering with justice-minded organizations and with groups and people who offer empowerment, care and dignity as well as comfort and safety to vulnerable individuals and families in our community.

Sanders-Clyde School for the Arts

The Sanders-Clyde School for the Arts is a Title 1 elementary school in Charleston’s Eastside neighborhood, just blocks from St. Stephen’s Church in Ansonborough. 95% of Sanders-Clyde students come from families below the poverty line. St. Stephen’s Church partners with Sanders-Clyde Elementary School to encourage and strengthen parent initiatives, support families experiencing generational poverty, and to provide role models through lunch buddies, Reading Partners, and classroom assistants programs. St. Stephen’s also raises funds and in-kind donations from the congregation to provide teachers with grant money, school supplies, and Christmas gifts. Additionally, members of the parish host an annual teacher appreciation luncheon at the school. During the coronavirus pandemic, parishioners donated scarce household supplies for students and their families.

 

Charleston Area Justice Ministry

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) is a growing network of faith based congregations who are culturally, economically, geographically, and religiously diverse. We work together to make the Charleston area a more just place to live by empowering marginalized people in our community (Micah 6:8). St.Stephen’s participates by assisting in research-to-action investigations, education, and publicly addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice issues that affect our area. CAJM advocates transforming solutions that it publicly presents to local leaders, holding them accountable as we strive to resolve inequities and injustices. Included in the grassroots approach are area wide meetings that culminate in the Nehemiah Action, where 100s of people gather with area officials to promote decision-maker accountability for justice and inequity change. Relationships are cultivated to recognize common values of love, hope, and promise. 

 

Enough Pie

St. Stephen’s partners with Enough Pie, a Charleston-area non-profit that advocates for social justice and equity throughout the peninsula via public arts projects, community-building and neighborhood support, civic engagement and other creative means. 

During the Covid-19 Crisis, St. Stephen’s has become a downtown Enough Pie donation site to collect needed supplies for underserved residents of Joseph Floyd Manor and throughout the area.

St. Stephen’s Angel Tree

The Angel Tree ministry was founded several years ago by Nicole Watts and LaShawn Watson. It was created to give St. Stephen’s parish an opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of older citizens and Charleston greater area students, especially during the Christmas season. Through our involvement, members have assisted people at the Charleston Senior Center, as well as students from Cross High School, Cross Elementary School, and Sanders-Clyde School. These Title I schools, with limited resources, are located in high poverty rural and urban areas. During the COVID pandemic, Angel Tree participation can be accessed online for deadline dates and other details. 

 

Arm-in-Arm

Arm-in-Arm is an organization that focuses on reducing the public health crisis of gun violence by supporting relevant legislation and educating and inspiring communities across South Carolina to work toward practical solutions. More than 500 people in South Carolina will die from gun violence this year. Our communities, our schools and our homes are not nearly as safe as they could be, Arm-in-Arm tries to make our state dramatically safer. Arm-in-Arm, brings together gun owners, veterans, medical practitioners, educators and other stakeholders to lead the conversation, and to create common ground efforts. Arm-in-Arm believes that’s the way forward — listening, finding common ground and rolling up our sleeves to make simple and effective solutions a reality. Research and data support their approach.

Charleston Area Senior Citizens

Founded in 1967, Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Inc. is a non-profit agency serving Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties that enhances the lives of older adults in the community. Charleston Area Senior Citizens Center helps seniors through a variety of services including food, meal delivery, housing, laundry education and recreation programs. Most programs and services target low income seniors and are offered at no charge, primarily serving those who cannot pay, utilizing federal, state, local funds and private donations, community support.

 

Charleston Recovery Center

The Charleston Recovery Center is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center with one primary purpose: to help men and women who suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction. CRC oversees an alcoholism and drug addiction treatment program, an alcoholism and addiction rehab, a half-way house, and a sober living community for men and women in Charleston South Carolina.