We believe that God is with us at every stage of life and in all circumstances. We are committed to “being with” one another and with our neighbors as a reflection of God’s love. Our Outreach Ministries are not just about serving those in need. At Heavenly Rest, we are building a community that is compassionate, inclusive, and just. Together, we look for and find innovative ways to address real social problems, and welcome those who are most vulnerable.

Email Outreach Director, Anne Marie Witchger at amwitchger@heavenlyrest.org or Outreach Assistant Caitlin Caruso at outreach@heavenlyrest.org to get involved or to receive our Bi-Weekly Outreach Digest about various programs and opportunities to volunteer.

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Prison &
Re-entry

We are called to support men and women returning home from prison. The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world as well as extremely high rates of recidivism.

Reentry programs help individuals build strong community ties so that they can thrive in society once again. Churches have a unique role to play in providing care, resources, connections, and stability for folks coming home.

We offer:

  • Hospitality and welcome

  • Enrichment and job skills programs through our partner organizations

  • MetroCards, toiletries, and professional clothing

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Hunger & Nourishment

We are called to feed our neighbors, just as God feeds us with the spiritual food of bread and wine in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.

We look for innovative ways to meet the needs of those experiencing hunger beyond traditional church models of soup kitchens and food pantries.

We offer:

  • Shelf stable meals (“Grace to Go”)

  • Healthy snacks for public school students (Snack and Story)

  • Food/farming education and warm meals through our partner organizations

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Community Engagement

We are called to serve with our neighbors in a variety of ways as we respond to the needs of the communities around us by providing resources and volunteer support.

We’d love for you to get involved:

  • Back-to-school backpack drives

  • Annual Outreach Service Day in October

  • Annual Christmas toy drive

  • Care packages for home-bound senior citizens

  • Community events