St. Francis Church is deeply committed to outreach – both in the distribution of our resources and in the involvement of our people. Our Grants Program distributes more than $35,000 per year to organizations that help the most vulnerable members of society. In 2018, all of the proceeds from the 6th Annual Miles for a Mission Road Race were granted to Americares Free Clinic of Stamford, and additional grants were made to the following organizations:

Building One Community
Child Guidance Centers
Connecticut Food Bank
Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Domus Kids
Family Centers – Literacy Volunteers Program
Laurel House
Pacific House

The Outreach Committee coordinates many hands-on projects such as the Midnight Run into New York City to distribute food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless, meal preparation at the Pacific House, and preparation of food packages at the Christmas season through Person-to-Person’s Dove Box Program. Outreach is central to our identity at St. Francis. There is something for everyone who would like to participate in community service work.

Global Help

Heifer Project
Heifer International is a charitable organization that works with global communities to end hunger and poverty, and provide care for the earth. By providing livestock to poor families, it helps families to improve their nutrition and generate income. Each year, St. Francis’ Christian Education students raise money for Heifer International to buy an animal for a family in need, helping make youngsters aware of the needs of others.

Prison Ministry

Once a month, Vicar Debra Slade and one or two prison volunteers offer a Holy Communion Service in the hospital of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, N.Y. Bedford Hills Is the only maximum security prison for women in New York state, and many of the women coming to the service have long or life sentences for serious offenses. The volunteers spend about three hours, and the women see their visit as a chance to socialize. Note: There is an initial clearance process to get approved for entry into the prison.

Contact: Debra Slade (debra.slade@gmail.com)

Prayer Shawl Ministry

“Shawls … made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles…” (Copyright ©2008, Janet Bristow)

The Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Francis began in February 2012 under the guidance of Deacon Edrice Veichweg. Based on a ministry founded in 1998 by Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women’s Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary, this program combines a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice with a love of knitting and crocheting. Shawls made by the group are given to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Blessings are prayed into every shawl.

Contact: Deacon Edrice (deaconedrice@gmail.com)

Building One Community

Building One Community, originally called Neighbors Link Stamford, opened in 2011 as a Community Center for recent immigrants. Their mission is to strengthen the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants. Since the inception of Neighbors Link Stamford, St. Francis Parish has been involved in their development with financial assistance and volunteer time.

Miles for a Mission

7th Annual Miles for a Mission Road Race
St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2810 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903
Sunday, September 22, 2019

The 7th Annual St. Francis Miles for a Mission Road Race is a 5K run/walk USATF certified course with chip timing through the beautiful back roads of scenic North Stamford! Dogapalooza and features competitions for ‘Best Trick’, ‘Looks Most Like Your Dog’, ‘Best in Show’ and more. Free food and drinks will be available to both 2 & 4 legged participants.

9:00 am: Miles for a Mission 5K Run/Walk-dogs welcome!
9:15 am – 10:00 am: Dogapalooza

The Run/Walk’s entry fee is $25 until 8/15; $35 until 9/21; $40 on 9/22. T-shirt is included. Entry fee to Dogapalooza only is $10. All dogs must be on a 6′ leash to compete, and will receive a “Miles for a Mission” bandana! To register for all events, visit https://runsignup.com/mfm

All proceeds from the 7th Annual Road Race benefit this year’s race partner, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. Last year’s race raised over $19,000.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut is dedicated to improving the mental and behavioral health of children and teens through treatment, education and community support. They help all children and families, regardless of their ability to pay.

St. Francis Episcopal Church and Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut are 501(c)(3) organizations and all donations are tax deductible.

MFM 2017 for website

Midnight Run

Twice a year, a group of St. Francis Parishioners join forces with St. John’s Lutheran Church to participate in a late-night trip to New York City to distribute food, clothing, personal care items and human contact to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. Those making the “Run” into New York City leave around 9 p.m. and return around 2 a.m. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. Participation on all levels is needed and welcome. If you are not able to make the trip to NYC, you can help by donating the food and supplies that will be distributed, or by helping to pack on the evening of the trip.

Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. St. Francis and St. John’s are just two of the hundreds of schools, churches and civic groups that make these trips. To learn more about the Midnight Run, contact Rev. Mark Lingle (marklingle.pastor@gmail.com).

Homeless Shelters

Pacific House and Inspirica

Several times a year, a group of St. Francis parishioners and friends prepares and serves meals at Pacific House and Inspirica, Stamford organizations that serve the homeless. Check the parish calendar for the next scheduled event.

Dove Program

A longstanding social-service program that is coordinated by Person-to-Person in Darien, St. Francis is one of 19 area churches and schools that prepare food boxes for needy families at Christmastime. St. Francis parishioners typically provide more than 20 needy Stamford families with non-perishable food items, and also make generous cash gifts to Person-to-Person’s scholarship fund through the Green Dove program.