One of the ways The Episcopal Church addresses domestic poverty is through its Jubilee network, which consists of over 600 grassroots Jubilee Ministry Centers. In partnership with community organizations and other congregations, these ministries empower the poor and oppressed in their communities by providing direct services, such as food, shelter, and healthcare, and also by advocating for human rights.
The programs listed below are designated Jubilee Centers, and are just a sample of our congregations’ outreach ministries and community partnerships.
Binghamton: Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church Jubilee Center
Trinity’s ministries include the Trinity Community Canteen lunch program. Churches and community groups provide a hot meal each Sunday at noon in the church’s dining room; between 80 and 100 guests are served each week. Canteen guests also receive a bagged takeaway supper.
Cortland: House of Grace Hospitality Center
Among the ministries of Grace & Holy Spirit Church, Cortland Loaves and Fishes serves meals in the church at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Bag lunches are offered on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Ithaca: Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County
A nonprofit outreach ministry hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ithaca, Loaves and Fishes provides free meals, hospitality, companionship, and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances.
Seneca Falls: Seneca House of Concern
Trinity Church in Seneca Falls is proud to be a ministry partner to the Seneca House of Concern, a community organization whose services include a food pantry and thrift store.
Syracuse: Samaritan Center
Many Syracuse-area Episcopal congregations serve meals on regular rotation at this nonprofit interfaith outreach ministry. The Samaritan Center provides nutritious hot meals to people in need 7 days a week – no questions asked. Case management support and other services are also offered.
Utica: Grace Church Jubilee Center
The ministries of Grace Church in Utica include a thrift store and the St. Margaret’s Food Pantry.
Utica: Hope House (Peter Maurin House)
The Hope House soup kitchen serves three meals per day to Utica’s homeless and hungry, also providing daytime shelter and human services referrals.
Watertown: Watertown Urban Mission
The Watertown Urban Mission brings more than 50 member churches together with community-minded organizations, businesses and individuals to help people through difficult times with programs that feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, visit the imprisoned, give aid to the sick, and more.