Social Justice

Acknowledging the presence and the power of God, and grounded in a desire to serve in the Spirit of the Gospel, we work in ways which:

  • Motivate people of different backgrounds to work together
  • Become a voice for the voiceless
  • Promote greater justice in community affairs
  • Help people share what they have with others

In need the footsteps of Jesus. . .  Catholic Social Teaching

  • Life and dignity of the human person
  • Call to family, commumity, and participation
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Options for the poor and vulnerable
  • The dignity of work and the rights of worker
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s creation
  • Our call to live the Gospel

Food Pantry

This ministry provides groceries to families of our parish and the local community who are struggling to meet their daily need of feeding their family. Volunteers in this ministry are: coordinators, packers, or greeters. Packers, following a prepared list, will pack the groceries from the pantry shelves making it available for families to pick up. Greeters will be available to welcome the clients as they arrive at our door to pick up their groceries. Greeters will also help the client load the groceries into their vehicle. Coordinators oversee the pantry operations and prepare the schedules for packers and greeters.

Gift of Time: One to two hours per month.
Training: Minimum. Must sign confidentiality agreement with LOVE INC

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Outreach Opportunities

Acknowledging the presence and the power of God, and grounded in a desire to serve in the Spirit of the Gospel, we work in ways which

  • Motivate people of different backgrounds to work together
  • Become a voice for the voiceless
  • Promote greater justice in community affairs
  • Help people share what they have with others

 Hiking in the City

Spreading the “Good News” through action.  (Monthly)  Volunteers walk the streets of Grand Rapids Heartside area carrying backpacks filled with drinks, snacks, and sundry items needed by the homeless.  As church, the volunteers will interact as they listen to many cares, concerns and life stories.  Volunteers give two hours of time once a month on Sunday afternoon.

We meet on the third Sunday of each month. We hand out water, snacks, and other items to the less fortunate in the Heartside neighborhood, plan on joining us!! Meet at the Faith Formation Entrance and carpool at 1:00 pm and we will return by 3:00 pm. Contact Gonzo  for more information.

Giving Tree

Giving Tree (December) – This is an outreach ministry that provides gifts and food baskets containing the Christmas meal to needy families in both our parish and Ottawa County. Volunteer families (adults and children) gather to assemble and deliver food baskets, with the accompanying gifts collected, to the needy family in the local area. Individual members of this ministry will coordinate the process by procuring the gift list, preparing tags for tree, and sorting and inventorying gifts.

Gift of Time: Coordinators: One-two hours per week during the three weeks prior to delivery. Volunteers: Two hours on one Saturday per year.

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Holy Redeemer is in its second year of participating with area churches in the H2H program. The purpose of the program is to provide food to children who are facing hunger over the weekend. The values/guidelines of H2H are: “We seek to provide healthy food to children over the weekend so they have a greater opportunity to succeed academically, emotionally, and physically.” We have adopted a school and currently have 30 students. To protect the dignity of the students, this program is totally confidential. Each Friday morning a backpack of the school colors is placed in the child’s locker while classes are in session. The backpack contains 3 gallon Ziploc bags with snacks for the child plus 2 types of fresh fruit. The cost of one Ziploc bag costs approximately $6.70 amounting to a total cost of $600.00+ per week. Much of this cost is covered out of the quarterly tithing to Social Justice Outreach but we could use some items.

Each bag contains the following:

  • 1.5 os. Package of Cheez-it (Coctco)
  • 2.25 oz. Welch’s Fruit Snacks Fat Free Real Fruit (Costco)
  • 3/4 oz. Creamy Peanut Butter Cups
  • .35 oz. Jelly Cups
  • 36 g Packet of Carnation Breakfast Essentials
  • 1 oz Box of Cereal
  • 2.5 oz. Package of Trail Mix
  • 3.75 oz. Snack Pac Pudding Cup
  • 4 oz. Fruit Cup Mixed Fruit or Applesauce
  • Pepperoni Mini Snack Pack (F. Fare)
  • Beef Sticks
  • Liquid Carton of Fruit Juice

Hard Times Café

Monthly – (the Third Thursday of each month) – As a means of broadening the parish concern for the poor and vulnerable, this ministry provides the opportunity for parishioners to reach out to individuals living in the Heartside Area of Grand Rapids. Once a month, volunteers will serve the meal and visit with the individuals attending the business meeting for the group called Hard Times Café. Volunteers choose the number of times they would like to participate.  GIFT OF TIME: Two hours (4:30-6:30 pm.) in any month you choose.

HARD TIMES CAFÉ meets weekly, at Westminister Presbyterian Church. Holy Redeemer helps provide the food for the meeting on the third Thursday of each month. The Café provides someone to cook, but we send our volunteers to help serve the meal, and cleanup. This gives us an opportunity to sit and share a meal together. The meeting begins at 5:00 pm, and the meal is served at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in helping, please contact Barb Terpstra.

Holland Rescue Mission

This ministry provides volunteers with hands-on experience of what it means to “Feed the Hungry!”  Once a month, volunteer families (children 12 & over) will prepare, serve, and eat Sunday lunch with the residents of the Holland Rescue Mission.  The mission includes both the men’s and women’s facilities.  The men’s facility includes the male residents as well as the men who have no place to eat.  The women’s facility encompasses single women, moms with children, and families who have no home.  Volunteers choose the number of times they would like to participate.  You should have, the three-hour session “Protecting God’s Children” and be able to give one hour on Saturday to prepare food and three hours on Sunday to serve.

HOLLAND RESCUE MISSION… Here is your opportunity to reach out and show YOUR love for God’s people. We need some new faces to serve the meal to the residents of the Mission. As a family why not choose Saturday and/or Sunday and join the group that prepares and serves the meal. No experience is necessary! Contact Wendy today!

Operation Bounty

Operation Bounty (November) – This is an outreach ministry that provides food baskets containing the Thanksgiving meal to needy families in our parish and Ottawa County. Volunteer families (adults and children) gather on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to assemble and deliver food baskets to the needy families in the local area.  GIFT OF TIME: Coordinators: Five-six hours during the week prior to delivery. Volunteers: Two hours on one Saturday per year.

Operation Easter Joy

Operation Easter Joy (March/April) – This ministry provides a food basket that contains the Easter meal to needy families in Ottawa County. Volunteer families (adults and children) gather on the Saturday before Palm Sunday to assemble food baskets, Easter baskets for the children, and then deliver to the needy family in the local area.   GIFT OF TIME: Coordinators: Six-eight hours during the week prior to delivery. Volunteers: Two hours on one Saturday per year.

Holy Redeemer’s Social Justice Outreach Committee extends an invitation to you and your family to participate in this Ministry of reaching out to those in need.

On Saturday, March 31st, we will be assembling and delivering food baskets to approximately 25 families in the local area. We will also assemble 60 Easter baskets for the children of these families.

Families wishing to assemble and deliver should contact Maria @mariatillotson@gmail.com

ITEMS NEEDED FOR BASKETS: 

  • Ham
  • Black & Green Olives
  • French Fried Onions
  • Mushroom Soup
  • Fruit Cocktail Pineapple
  • Salad Dressing
  • Coffee
  • Holiday Napkins
  • Candy of All Sorts
  • Items for Kid’s Baskets
  • Egg Coloring Kits
  • Monetary Donations

Parish Twinning

This ministry will foster the continued growth of our twinning relationship with our sister parish in Mexico, Santiago Apostal of Camotlan.  There is the opportunity to visit the villages to understand the culture of the indigenous people.  Each member of this ministry is expected to promote, educate and broaden the view of our parish community and its understanding of the universal church.  There will be specific projects that we will undertake as this relationship evolves.

The June visit to our twinning parish,
SANTIAGO APOSTOL OF CAMOTLAN,
is scheduled for June 12th-June 22nd

Since school is out, We would like to encourage our young adults to seriously consider participating in this 10 day mission trip. It is an opportunity to withdraw from the distractions of our busy schedules and experience life among the indigenous people. This is an opportunity to grow in your faith as you discover God’s Presence in the silence of the mountains and the simpler life of those who live there. If you are interested or have questions contact Deacon Richard.

Download: Parish Twinning Brochure

Picnic in the Park

May through September this ministry gives one the opportunity to reach out to those living on the street.  In a “picnic setting” volunteers will socialize and serve grilled hot dogs and ice cream cones to the homeless of downtown Grand Rapids.  this event takes place every Thursday 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Heartside Park located on Ionia Avenue.

Join us each Thursday this spring and summer through September! Join us on Wednesdays to cook and Thursday nights to serve the meal to our neighbors at Heartside Park in GR. We meet in the Holy Redeemer parking lot to carpool at 4:15pm, or meet us at the park at 5:00pm. Don’t forget to bring your hat! (Heath Department regulations) Contact Deacon Richard at 669-9220 if you are interested in helping in any way.

Respecting God’s Creation

This ministry will explore ways and develop action plans that will positively impact the effect humanity has on God’s holy creation, the planet Earth.  Volunteers will gather to share their research to inform the parishioners and provide opportunities that will allow everyone to participate and become effective stewards of God’s creation.