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 Neighborhood Ministry 
God's Work, Our Hands Work Service Project 2019

Members of St. Stephen's joined with members of the Islamic Center to make meals, package personal care packets, and then deliver them to Mission of Hope and Safe Place.  Many stayed at Safe Place to have a cookout with the residents.

Family Promise
Family Promise

St. Stephen's is one of twelve host congregations in Cedar Rapids that make up Family Promise of Linn County's interfaith hospitality network. As such we provide shelter, meals and hospitality to homeless families for a week, four times a year.

To find out how you can get involved, contact our Family Promise Volunteer Coordinator, Donna Gladish here

Check out our pamphlet Family Promise for the Seasoned and Hesitant Volunteer for helpful answers to your questions on what it means to be involved with St. Stephen's Family Promise program.

Operation BackPack
Operation BackPack

St. Stephen's is partnered with Grant Wood Elementary School in HACAP's Operation BackPack. In East Central Iowa, one in four elementary school age children are at risk for hunger or food insecurity. Operation BackPack provides students with nutritious, easy to prepare food for weekends and school vacations. Teams of volunteers pick up food from the HACAP Food Reservoir, pack food packs, and deliver them to the school for distribution on Fridays. 

Each Wednesday at 7:30pm in Room 10 downstairs in St. Stephen's, volunteers assemble food packages for food insecure kids at Grant Wood and Erksine Elementary Schools to take home for the weekend. If you would like to help, sign up through SignUpGenius or contact Melanie 431-9731 or Jeanne 368-6687. 

To make a monetary contribution, please write a check or put cash in an envelope clearly marked “BackPack Food Drive.”

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, ELCA

610 31st Street SE | Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 | 319-364-2637 | ©2014