Welcome to Love Wins at St. John’s!
You’ve probably heard that we’ve made a big move to join our friends at “City on a Hill”, to provide services for Raleigh’s community members! This is so exciting because we are now able to help people in need on Mondays and Fridays from 9 am-1 pm, and on Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9 am to 8 pm. That’s 21 additional hours of peer support, clean clothing, educational materials, computer lab access, showers, and meals that we have not had before. We’re so excited to be a one-stop place where people can get the help that they need and deserve. Dignity is our most prized possession.
When you first come to visit us, you will be greeted by one of our volunteers at the reception area. Here is our volunteer, Jean, monitoring the sign-in sheet, giving people useful directions, general information, and monitoring our computer lab.
Speaking of computer labs, we now have one! Here is our friend, Janie, using the computer lab to look up resources. She’s very proud of our new spot, and wants you all to know that “She’s not going anywhere, this is like home.”
We’re known to always have coffee, peanut butter, and jelly. This is our morning gathering place for early guests where they can heat up food, make sandwiches, and make their coffee just the way they like it. The “EAT” artwork says it all!
This is our new classroom/library/quiet/dining room. We hold arts and crafts classes, people study, read, eat, and have fellowship in this multipurpose area.
This is our new clothing closet. Here our volunteers, Rose and Susan, are keeping it tidy and orderly. Having a clothing closet next to our shower is so convenient, making this area a one stop hygiene spot so that folks feel clean and good about their next steps towards success.
Chef Billy is making potato salad in our kitchen. Breakfast is served at 9:30, lunch at 12 pm, and dinner at 5 pm.
Our Peer Support Specialists, Blu Honeycutt, and Timothy Starnes, have created an excellent resource room space where they can meet people where they are at, and help them take those next steps towards their goals. Blu and Tim have been very focused on mental health, and are connecting us with a wide range of professionals to aid people in getting the help that they need to take their next steps.
Our Chaplain, Pastor Robert Parrish, has been meeting folks for one-on-one counseling in both the Resource Room, and our offices (though he’ll meet you wherever you feel most comfortable). His service is held on Wednesday after lunch, around 12:30 pm.
We feel so incredibly blessed to have such an updated space to continue our work in. We’ve gained a computer lab and a shower, solving 2 problems that we previously didn’t have space to solve, and this space lends so much dignity and pride to what we are doing here at St. John’s MCC. The congregation has been so supportive, and we feel very loved in this space. We’re still settling in, and moving can be expensive. We have bills that need to be paid off from the previous location, so if you would like to donate to help us tidy up the loose ends, please click here to donate to our “help us move” fund. There is still work ahead, but we’re feeling stronger than ever before! We can’t do this work without you.
Love Wins at St. John’s MCC
622 Maywood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27603