St. David’s is involved in a variety of areas of Mission & Outreach both locally and overseas.
Room In The Inn
For nearly three decades, St. David’s has supported Room in the Inn — a great program to get involved in and to give of your time, talents and gifts.
Room in the Inn provides meals, shelter and community to the homeless in the Nashville area. St. David’s rotates with several local churches and hosts the event every second Saturday from November to March. Our team provides the dinner, breakfast, toilet items and clothes on occasions.
Led by Jim and Debra Irwin, the opportunities to help include bringing dinner and breakfast items, donating toiletries for give-away bags, setting up and taking down tables, chairs and beds, picking up and dropping off our guests, clean-up, etc.
The mission of the Room in the Inn is “to emphasize the scriptural ideals of love and community through services to the homeless and to provide faithful people of Nashville an opportunity to respond directly to the broken and disenfranchised among us. This fellowship with the poor is at the heart of our purpose.”
A December 2015 story in The Tennessean profiled Room in the Inn’s founder Charles Strobel. You can read the article here.
Kiva loans money to groups and individuals throughout the world. Working through field partners in the United States and other countries, Kiva.Org provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs to start businesses and become self sufficient through micro-loans. Those wishing to help with loans are asked to donate $25. When the designated money for a particular loan has been raised, the individual or group receives the money and repays the loan in full by a designated time.
As of January 2017, Kiva.org at St. David’s has made nearly 338 loans in 82 countries, including the United States. Loans have assisted businesses dedicated to farming, retail sales, livestock, and transportation, and construction. Some parishioners made gifts to this ministry in honor, memory or thanksgiving for people important in their lives, reported Judy Grace, who chairs the Kiva.org committee.
Made in the Streets (Kenya)
Caroline McNair leads St. David’s involvement with Made In The Streets, an organization that has been dedicated to the process of rescuing young adolescents off the streets of Nairobi, Kenya for 20 years. The group also provides these young people with a home, an education, and a Christian lifestyle.
On May 10, 2016, armed with donations from the congregation, McNair returned to Kenya to continue her volunteer work with Made in the Streets. St. David’s is able to help care for children rescued from the streets of Nairobi by donating the following items:
-Packs of stationery with envelopes (for writing letters to their sponsors)
-Stamps (the letters will be mailed when the mission team returns to the USA)
-Spiral notebooks and stickers
-New socks and unopened packages of underwear (for males and females)
-G-rated DVDs (entertainment for the girls who must be in locked dorms by dark for safety)
About 100 students attend the Made in the Streets school. Made in the Streets is a non-profit agency operating since 1995 to rescue children from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, meet their physical, emotional & spiritual needs, love them fully, equip them to earn a living, and send them out to a new life. Learn more online.
The Stung Treng Women’s Development Center (SWDC), creator of Mekong Blue silk, enables impoverished women, who would most likely work in the sex trade, otherwise, to earn a living wage. It also ensures that all of the children, including the girls, of the workers at the Center have an opportunity to go to school.
SWDC is owned and operated by the women who work at the Center. They weave and sell silk to support the programs of the Center. The women are taught weaving, literacy, health care and vocational skills such as computer literacy and sewing. SWDC operates a preschool for the children of the workers and sends their children to the public school when they are old enough.
The women earn between $75 and $175 per month, numbers that compare favorably with the primary school teacher who earns $40 per month and the medical doctor who earns $200. The money from the sale of silk pays the salaries of the workers and supports the social programs of the center. The women are not only significant wage earners, but they have earned the admiration and respect of their families and their communities.
Every purchase of Mekong Blue silk through Freedom’s Promise contributes to the health and well-being of the women of Stung Treng province and their families.
Urban Housing Solutions
Urban Housing Solutions is an organization that provides affordable rental housing to homeless people coming directly from the streets. Most of the clients are disabled and have little or no income. They often arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs.
For many, leaving the streets presents an entire new set of challenges. Urban Housing Solutions provides an apartment with very basic furnishings (bed, table, chairs). Urban Housing Solutions has tried to provide a “welcome basket” to each new resident. With little staff support and no budget to purchase the items for the baskets, they must turn to the faith community for help.
The items in the baskets help to make a house a home for the residents. The items are those that UHS believes are most needed and practical. St. David’s parishioners periodically donate items for the baskets, which are then presented to Urban Housing Solutions’ clients.