“For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me.’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you,
just as you did it to one of the least of these
who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
—Gospel of Matthew 25:35–40
The Talmadge Hill Community Church has ALWAYS appreciated a simple truth -- God’s Love belongs to everyone. Yet everyday, basic rights and opportunities -- food, clothing, shelter, education, healthcare, and more -- are denied vast numbers of fellow human beings across the planet. In the face of these realities, churches are called to respond.
Through our Missions Committee, we seek to identify and channel support to a broad base of people in need (locally, nationally and internationally). Our commitment is NOT only to financial support, but includes the important work of building relationships. This commitment comes to life in the ongoing and varied hands-on opportunities offered to friends and families within the congregation.
As a demonstration of the importance of outreach and the necessary call to service, our church commits 22% of the annual operating budget to missions.
Local & National Ministries
Bridgeport Department of Children and Families ct.gov/dcf
We support foster children and their new families by providing basic needs like clothes, bedding, and school supplies. For the holidays we provide food cards for groceries and Christmas presents for children who may not otherwise receive any gift.
Domestic Violence Crisis Center www.dvccct.org
Monetary support and toiletries/pillows to the safe houses in Norwalk and Stamford
Midnight Run/Breakfast Run
Prepare and deliver breakfast to the homeless in New York City
Kids Empowered by Your Support http://www.keysmusic.org
K.E.Y.S. provides music lessons to Bridgeport students. Founded by Rob Silvan, THCC Music Director
Building One Community building1community.org
Provide funding to purchase sewing machines used to educate, empower and employ immigrants in Stamford
St. Joseph’s Parenting Center, Stamford https://www.sjpcenter.org
Sponsor father’s program to help reduce incidence of child abuse and neglect. Prepare and serve dinner to attendees of class
Annual work day to commission and organize a team to repair a family home in Bridgeport
Fraternité Notre Dame www.fraternitenotredame.com/2011_2_0/new_york.php
Provide donations to feed and clothe the poor in Harlem
Ali Forney Center http://www.aliforneycenter.org/
Support for LGBT youth in New York City
Provide funding to keep youth involved in soccer and music activities after school instead of in the streets.
Crossing Thresholds, Kenya crossingthresholds.org
Contribute funding to build and support trauma center and secondary school for kids living in the Kibera slum. Founded by Rev. Carter Via
African Dream Initiative, Uganda africandreaminitiative.org
Provide education for child soldiers and other youth rescued from oppression to become future leaders of Uganda
SATHI Nepal (Special Attention to Himalayan Initiatives), sathinepal.org
Contribute funding to break the cycle of poverty and oppression through education, health and income generation programs
Children’s Rescue Mission, Honduras crmission.org
Provide funds for developing a sustainable infrastructure to create industry, education, sanitation and healthcare
SosteNica, Nicaragua sostenica.org
Provide micro loans to low-income borrowers to alleviate poverty through financing new business opportunities
Acupuncturists Without Borders, Greece acuwithoutborders.org/greek-refugee-crisis/
Funding to train Greek healthcare providers to provide trauma-healing treatments in Greece where over 60,000 people from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries live in 50 refugee camps.
Russell Cooper, Chair