SOCIAL OUTREACH MINISTRIES

The Mission of the Social Outreach Ministries Committee is:  To help those in need locally make sustaining progress in their lives using the social justice teaching of the Catholic Church as a touchstone.

Committee Chairperson: Steve Finger
Members: Jim Corey, Audrey Vuknic, Linda Kayser, Lisa Nock, Sister Joan Kobe, Veronica Main, Sue Lathrop, Nancy England, Dick Gwozdz, Doreen Traxler, Dexter Traxler, Camille Hess, Kate Dermott, Sue Willoughby, Joyce Nichols, Arturo Sanchez, Deborah Lickfield, Wendy Pohl, Alice McAbee, Sandy Kahl and Sharon Powell.

The Social Outreach Ministries Committee assists parishioners and others in the community through several processes:

  • Parish tithing (funds given by the parish to selected local charitable organizations)
  • Parish benevolence program (funds used by the parish to help the needy)
  • Joining with local nonprofits, agencies, and other churches to fulfill our mission statement in non-financial ways

Meetings are held monthly.  Times will be posted in the church bulletin.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Steve Finger at 864.885.1467.

Saint Paul the Apostle and Saint Francis of Assisi tithing program:
The Social Outreach Ministries Committee believes the following local Community Service organizations perform services consistent with our mission.  The parish sets aside a percentage of the regular offertory collection to support these organizations.  Parishioners are encouraged to support these organizations as well through volunteering and donations.  The following organizations have received a tithe from us:

Collins Home
Contact: Alena Pelfrey (Executive Director)
Address: 110 Collins Home Drive, Seneca, SC 29672 (Physical; no mail)
Phone: 864.882.0893

Website: www.collilnschildrenhome.org

Send donations to: PO Box 745, Seneca, SC 29679.

Collins Home is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides a residential home for children between the ages of birth – 21 who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned or are unable to live with their families.  Collins Home is dependent upon prayers, donations and local fundraisers for their continued existence.
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Foothills Pregnancy Care Center
Contact: Kelly Ross
Address: 207 Main Street, Seneca, SC 29678
Phone: 864.882.8796

Email address: info@foothillscarecenter.org
Website: www.hopehealinghelp.net

Hours: 9:00 am – 11:30 am and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mondays-Thursdays – to see clients | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon) Fridays – office only (no clients)

Send donations to:  PO Box 2103, Seneca, SC 29679.

Parishioner contact: Audrey Vuknic, 864.247.5964 (Social Outreach Ministries Committee member).

Services include: maternity and infant clothing, food and supplies, pregnancy test and confidential peer counseling, education on abstinence and fetal development, referrals to community resources.  Our caring, professional volunteers and staff are committed to understanding and meeting each client’s individual health needs.

All of our services at Foothills Pregnancy Care Center are free.  However, there is a cost associated with pointing families to the Creator of Life.  When you become a Partner in Hope, you offset the cost of doing ministry.  Every ultrasound and pregnancy screening costs us something, but the cost of doing nothing is greater.
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Friends of Guardian ad Litem Program
Parishioner contact: Karen Stimart, 864.710.9895

The Friends of Oconee County Guardian ad Litem Program provides assistance to the 90 children in foster care in Oconee County who have been adjudicated as abused or neglected.  These children’s needs are appreciable and the assistance provided through private donations helps to improve the quality of their lives.  For additional information, please call Karen Stimart at 864.710.9895.
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Golden Corner Food Pantry
Contact: Steve Finger (Board Chairman)
Address: 635 Business Park Drive, Seneca, SC 29678
Phone: 864.882.3610

Email address: goldencornerfp@aol.com
Website: www.goldencornerpantry.org

Hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon) Mondays: food for Seniors only | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon) Tuesdays-Fridays: all clients except Seniors | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon) 1st Saturday of each month: all clients who work during the week

Send donations to: Golden Corner Food Pantry, PO Box 456, Seneca, SC 29679.  Help feed a senior for $120/year or a family for $180/year.

Parishioner contact: Steve Finger (Social Outreach Ministries Committee member).

Mission: To provide monthly emergency and supplemental food to disadvantaged and low-income residents of Oconee County.

The Food Pantry distrubutes nearly 1.5 million lbs. of food to over 1,450 households monthly, including 500 seniors.  Distribution is based on need, tied to federal poverty guidelines and verified regularly.

As the largest food pantry in Oconee County, we work closely with local churches and support agencies to identify and include need families.  We always need volunteers to collect donated food; unload, store, sort and package the food for distribution, and work with clients to understand their non-food needs and guide them to other agencies.  For more information or to volunteer, visit our website: www.goldencornerpantry.org.
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Oconee Hospice of the Foothills
Contact: Hospice of the Foothills, Cottingham Hospice House
Address: 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672
Phone: 864.882.8940 or 888.460.3739 (toll free)

Website: www.ghs.org/healthcareservices/hospice-of-the-foothills

Send donations to: GHS Hospice of the Foothills, % Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation, 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC 29672.

Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, a not-for-profit affiliate of Oconee Memorial Hospital, serves local families in their homes or at the Cottingham Hospice House inpatient facility.  Hospice of the Foothills offers compassionate, comprehensive hospice services, including medical, spiritual, emotional, social, bereavement and volunteer services.
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Our Daily Bread
Contact: Lee Molz (Volunteer – 864.985.0855)
Address: 106 Jordan Street, Seneca, SC 29678
Phone: 864.882.3305

Website: www.ourdailybreadsc.org

Hours: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Mondays-Fridays

Send donations to: PO Box 727, Seneca, SC 29679.

Our Daily Bread is a nondenominational ministry with an all-volunteer staff of approximately 140 representing various faiths.  It is committed to feeding the poor and under-served in a pleasant, friendly setting and provides thousands of noontime meals throughout the year, and in addition celebrates “Feed the 5,000” on Thanksgiving Day by feeding the needy in our community.  Our Daily Bread serves approximately 130 meals Mondays – Fridays.  On Saturdays and Sundays, other groups use the kitchen to serve meals to serve the community.

Funding comes from local churches, companies, and individuals.  Our Daily Bread partners with the homeless shelter, Our Daily Rest, to feed its patrons.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Our Daily Bread may contact Lee Molz at 864.985.0855.  Volunteers plan weekly menus, prepare and serve meals, coordinate and assist in food pickup from donors, inventory and organize food supplies, schedule and supervise volunteers, interphase with clients and clean facility for next day operation.  Our Daily Bread encourages the participation of youth.  Youth ages 14 – 15 may volunteer by bagging, serving food and assisting our clients, but may not be involved in food preparation.  Youth ages 16 – 17 may assist in food preparation.
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Our Daily Rest
Contact: Susan Pickett (Executive Director)
Address: 525 East Main Street, Seneca, SC 29678
Phone: 864.482.2040

Email address: info@ourdailyrest.org
Website: www.ourdailyrest.org

Hours: 2:00 pm Wednesdays for interviews and applications

Send donations to: PO Box 1246, Seneca, SC 29679.

Our Daily Rest is Oconee County’s only homeless shelter.  It opened in 2009 and has served over 400 people in the first two years.  This is not a drop-in overnight shelter, but rather a program that helps people change their lives and transition to successful, independent living.  It provides a temporary sanctuary for up to 20 single men and as many as 10 single mother families.  The location is directly across the street from the local soup kitchen (Our Daily Bread) which partners to provide daily nutritious meals to the shelter’s residents.

Our Daily Rest is community supported and dependent on the contributions of individuals, churches, organizations and businesses to provide funds for daily operations and mortgage retirement.
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Ripple Of One
Contact: Stephanie Enders (Executive Director)
Address: Ripple Of One, United Way, 409 E. North 1st Street, Seneca, SC 29678
Phone: 864.710.9565

Email address: office.ripple@gmail.com
Website: www.rippleofone.org

Send donations to: Ripple of One, 409 E. North 1st Street, Seneca, SC 29678.

Parishioner contact: Jim Corey, 864.364.0366 (Social Outreach Ministries Committee member).

Services include: Financial and lifestyle counseling to help families escape poverty using a plan to move toward self-sufficiency.  A mentor and team are assigned to each participant.  They work together to help the participant realize their God-given gifts/talents and create a life action plan and follow up with coaching and classes to empower families to move beyond government assistance.

To volunteer, contact Stephanie Enders or parishioner Jim Corey.
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Rosa Clark Medical Clinic
Contact: Vicki Thompson (Director)
Address: 210 South Oak Street, Seneca, SC 29678
Phone: 864.882.4664

Email address: missrosa@bellsouth.net
Website: www.rosaclarkclinic.com

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Mondays-Fridays

Send donations to: 210 South Oak Street, Seneca, SC 29678.

Parishioner contact:

Provides free primary care office visits, free laboratory services, and free prescription medication to the indigent and uninsured of Oconee County.

Mission: Provide medical services to persons who are unable to compensate an area physician for such services; or persons who receive Medicaid and/or Medicare insurance, and said insurance is not accepted by an area physician; and to provide to and assist Oconee County’s indigent citizens in obtaining necessary medical services.
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Safe Harbor
Phone: 864.467.1177 or 864.467.3636
Crisis Line: 800.291.2139 (available 24/7(

Email address: info@safeharborsc.org

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Mondays – Fridays, Office hours

Send donations to: Safe Harbor, PO Box 174, Greenville, SC 29602-0174.  Specify either on the check memo line or in a cover letter if you wish the donation to be used in Oconee County Safe Harbor.  If you have any questions about donating or volunteering, send an email to info@safeharborsc.org or call 864.467.1177.

Safe Harbor breaks the cycle of domestic violence by:

  • Prevention through education
  • Intervention through safe shelter
  • Transformation through support

Vision: To eliminate domestic violence and create a culture of healthy relationships in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Safe Harbor is a nonprofit organization which provides safe shelter, counseling and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and provides leadership for education and prevention efforts throughout its four-county service area – Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens, South Carolina.  Safe Harbor is a community catalyst, inspiring and collaborating with community partners to break the cycle of domestic violence and achieve a safe and nurturing community for all families.  All of our services are free of charge.  Safe Harbor is funded by the United Way, government grants and contracts, private foundations and community donations.

We have approximately 18 full-time staff, 20 part-time staff and over 100 volunteers, including our board of directors.  Together, we make a difference for victims of domestic violence and their children, providing them with safety and resources, helping them to heal, and giving them the support they need to start new lives.
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Tribble Center
Contact: Jerry Mize (Director)
Address: 116 South Cove Road, Seneca, SC 29672
Phone: 864.885.6055

Website: www.thetribblecenter.com

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Mondays-Fridays

To volunteer, contact Derinda Justice at 864.885.6055.

Vision: Persons with disabilities and their families will experience a higher quality of life.

Mission: We provide innovative services that promote abilities and a quality of life that would otherwise be out of reach.

Services: adult day services, job coaching, living skills for mental retardation, autism and related disabilities.  Early intervention for special needs children.
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Wilderness Way Girl’s Camp
Contact: Bill Collins (Executive Director)
Address: 175 Camp School Lane, Fair Play, SC 29643
Phone: 864.972.0611

Email address: wwgirlscamp@bellsouth.net
Website: www.wildernesswaycamp.org

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Mondays – Fridays

Wilderness Way Girl’s Camp School, located in Fair Play, is a residential program providing services to girls ages 8 – 17 who are struggling to adapt in their families, schools, and communities.  Girls are provided with experiences in life skills and are guided to learn how to develop and maintain relationships.  The school is funded by grants, income from thrift stores and donations.