Social Ministry Team – Supported Ministries
Allison Hill Medical Clinic
Located at 124 S. 13th St, Harrisburg in the facilities of Allison Hill’s Christ Lutheran Church, this assistance program provides prenatal, medical and dental care to over 800 local residents each month. Free banks distribute baby furniture, durable medical goods and orthopedic items.
Christian Churches United (CCU) is a 3-county ecumenical group of more than 140 churches and is headquartered in a former church at 413 S. 19th Street, Harrisburg. This centralized agency provides emergency services (housing, fuel, transportation, food referrals, prescription drugs, etc.) to the neediest of the needy. Funding comes from churches and from corporate & government sources.
CROSS provides residential and social services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition to receiving benevolence budget support from Trinity, church volunteers host a Friday evening coffee house several times a year to provide a social gathering for the CROSS residents.
Criminal Justice System Ministry
For many years Trinity members and a pastor have visited the Dauphin County Prison five to six times a year to lead a service of Word and Sacrament. All participants are required to obtain a security clearance allowing admittance to the prison and must attend volunteers training every two years.
Three to four times a year Trinity leads a Sunday afternoon service at CCU (Christian Churches United) headquarters for persons in work release programs and their families. Everyone is welcome to attend this service and no security clearance is required to participate.
Each year, usually in May, Trinity sponsors one of the monthly Community Connections Breakfasts to provide yet another opportunity for those in work release to reconnect with society. No security clearance is required to participate in this breakfast.
Emotional, financial, educational and housing support is given to poor and homeless single parents and their children in the Harrisburg area. One way Trinity members support this ministry is by providing meals throughout the year for the monthly Delta Family Night Out. After the meal, children take part in group activities while the parents attend a planned program.
Housed at Messiah Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, this food distribution program has served the community for over 40 years. Serving an average of 2500 people per month, this is the largest food pantry in Dauphin County. Volunteers from Trinity accept client vouchers and distribute food the 1st Friday of each month. Food offerings are received from the congregation on an on-going basis. If you would like additional information on how you can get involved with this very important ministry, please contact Lynn Bertram.
Emergency Winter Shelter
The Downtown Harrisburg Churches sponsor an emergency overnight shelter for homeless men each winter. Each night 25-40 persons are housed at the shelter in the Susquehanna Harbor facility in uptown Harrisburg. Trinity volunteers serve as overnight hosts during one or two weeks during the November to March shelter season.
New Hope Ministries is a non-denominational, faith-based social service agency meeting the needs of over 2,000 families each year. New Hope shows the love and hope of Christ by serving all neighbors in times of need and supporting their efforts towards stability. A variety of assistance and services are provided in the Dillsburg, Dover, Mechanicsburg, and West Shore areas.
Volunteers tutor children for about an hour weekly in reading and math at three of Harrisburg’s inner-city elementary schools.
St. Patrick’s Homeless Breakfast
Breakfast is served every Saturday morning at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg for the homeless. Trinity members take turns every week helping to prepare and serve the meal.