St. David's mission is to love and serve God through worship, outreach, and love for all. We follow the outreach portion of this mission statement through the programs listed here.
Haiti Outreach Mission:
This outreach program, began in 1998, is dedicated to helping the people and children of Mirebalais, Haiti - a mountain town approximately 50 miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
St. David's, along with other Catholic, Episcopal, and Baptist churches, provides health care, education, and other services with our partner churches in Mirebalais - St. Louis Catholic and St. Pierre Episcopal.
Our mission team, made up of doctors, dentists, nurses, and lay people from the member churches as well as doctors and medical students from Port-au-Prince, visits Mirebalais once each year.
Our 2023 fund raising event at the Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, MI, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26, at 6pm. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, dinner, and comedy (by Crystal P).
Crossroads Soup Kitchen:
Three times per year parishioners regularly donate a Sunday afternoon to feed the hungry at this feeding center in downtown Detroit.
2022 dates: June 5th, October 16th, December 18th.
Click here for Crossroads' information on their website.
Lighthouse/South Oakland Shelter (SOS):
The South Oakland Shelter organization provides shelter, food, and counsel to some of the homeless in South Oakland county. Recently, SOS joined with Lighthouse to provide more services to the homeless for the entire county of Oakland.
Each year St. David's hosts the SOS for one week during which time parishioners act as hosts, drivers, cooks, and launderers. Our volunteers are encouraged to interact with our guests to make them feel welcomed. We also sponsor a 10k/5k fun run/walk "End Homelessness Now" race on the 1st Sunday in August. COVID-19 put these events on hold; planning discussions for these events are being developed.
St. David's is a charter member of this organization which began in 1984.
Donations are always welcomed to support the operation of the shelter program.
For more information on SOS, please visit their web site: http://www.southoaklandshelter.org/
Detroit Rescue Mission:
Join us on the second Wednesday of each month from 7p-8p as we travel to downtown Detroit to be with our homeless brothers at the Detroit Rescue Mission. We need your help setting up and participating in this service, which usually draws between 50-80 men. Contact Deborah (at: email@example.com) to volunteer.
St. David's Food Pantry is open Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 9am-Noon. Prepared boxes of non-perishable food items (such as pasta, cans of soup, beans, fruit, vegetables, stock, sauces, bag of rice/lentils/beans, etc.) are available.
Open Hands Food Pantry is another food pantry in our area. It is supported by St. John's Episcopal Church, Royal Oak. Click here to check out their ministry and hours of operation.
Vandenberg World Cultures Academy:
In January 2010 we began a partnership with our neighborhood school, Vandenberg World Cultures Academy. This K-5 magnet school serves students from 25 different countries and has 29 different languages represented.
St. David's volunteers assist in classrooms across all grade levels, providing extra help in literacy, science, social studies, and technology. Strong bonds are formed between students and volunteers, resulting in positive new relationships.
We’re launching a new ministry: Can you tutor an elementary student one day a week (starting mid-April) in the St. David’s Parish Hall? Our friends at Vandenburg Elementary say there’s a huge need for one-on-one help - Thursdays from 3:30-4:30p - as COVID really set lots of students back. Vandenburg wants to begin mid-April, can you help until June? Contact Judy Walsh at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or 248-837–5358
AA: Alcoholics Anonymous & Alanon:
These groups meet several times a week at St. David's:
Their meetings are open to all in the parish and the community at large who need their services.
St. David's is pleased with our long relationship with these fine organizations.
For more information, contact: AA of Greater Detroit (Ferndale); 248-541-6565Other supported outreach projects: