This new outreach programs has been made possible through a Fearless Love Grant. Children from City Heights are gathering on Mondays afternoons to learn to play the recorder. Mr. Kirk Valles also leads them in lessons on movement and singing songs in multiple languages. This gives children who otherwise may not have the opportunity to express themselves creatively and discover gifts and talents they didn’t know they had! A recital was given on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4 PM. Our second session began in September and a recital and reception was given on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 at 4 PM.
In partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, St. Mark’s began offering showers to its homeless neighbors in April, 2015. On the last Thursday of each month from about 8:30-11:30 AM guests can come and receive a hot shower, personal hygiene pack and a free haircut (provided by California Beauty and Barber College). We are looking for more volunteers to help support this ministry. For just $50/month up to 16 people can receive a hot shower. Volunteers help set up, greet guests, hand out supplies and clean the showers. The guests are extremely grateful for the opportunity to take care of themselves in this way and we believe this ministry really helps to restore dignity.
Neighborhood Food Cupboard
St. Mark’s has a small food cupboard that is available to anyone who may need a little extra food to make it through the month. It is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 12-2 PM. Guests are able to receive referrals for Food Stamps, Medi-CAL, ID replacement and more. In August 2015 we began a partnership with National University Nursing Students who provide health screenings, food demos and nutrition eduction. We are able to offer this service because of the generous donations of parishoners here and from Christ Church Coronado, St. Bart’s Poway, St. Dunsten’s & St. James La Jolla. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Heather Smith.
September: Pasta & Sauce October: Cereal and Oatmeal November: Canned Vegetables December: Canned Soup & Chili January: Peanut Butter & Jelly February: Canned Fruit (low sugar) March: Canned Protein (tuna, salmon, chicken) April: Cereal & Oatmeal May: Rice June: Cooking Oil July: Peanut Butter & Jelly August: Beans
St. Mark’s~City Heights partners with Feeding America San Diego on the third Saturday of every month to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to anyone who needs it. We gather at 4238 El Cajon Blvd (in the back parking lot) around 9 AM and are usually finished by 11 AM. Please contact Heather Smith if you’d like to get involved.
After-School Tutoring Program
St. Mark’s~City Heights partners with Episcopal Refugee Network in many ways. We host the after-school tutoring program on Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 3:30-5PM. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Heather Smith, the Ministries Coordinator.
Freedom from Exploitation/Survivors of the Street is a support group that meets at St. Mark’s every Tuesday evening from 6-7:15 PM. Please contact Kathi Hardy for more information. St. Mark’s also supports victims of human trafficking with much needed donations (school supplies, food, baby items and more) including Thanksgiving Food Bags.
St. Mark’s hosted its 6th Annual B2SB. We collected school supplies for local refugee and low-income children (grades K-12) culminating in an event held on August 2017.
Mission in Maseno, Kenya
Beautiful, handcrafted cards are made by women in Kenya. 100% of the sales of these cards go directly back as sustainable income to the mothers and orphans who’ve been affected by the AIDS/HIV epidemic. For more information, please contact Adrian Stewart.
Senior Lunch Program
In July 2013 St. Mark’s launched this program to meet a basic need in City Heights. Seniors gather on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month to enjoy a nutritious meal, fellowship and to learn more about health, wellness and nutrition. This program was originally funded by a Fearless Love Grant from the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.
On October 11, 2015 St. Mark’s hosted its first Street Store in collaboration with Christ Church Coronado, St. John’s Fallbrook, Good Samaritan and St. James La Jolla. Over 50 homeless neighbors were able to “shop” for much needed items (shirts, pants, shoes, bags, jackets, hats, etc.) The day included the Showers of Blessings and free haircuts. Catholic Charities provided information about Cal Fresh and Medi-CAL. It was a HOT day but the volunteers and guests both had a great time!