Since its opening on June 6, 2022, One Mission Cambridge has served over 140 people in need. The first week alone, the coalition of Christian churches and ministries called to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women and children in the Cambridge area, served over 90 people and had to order 3,000 pounds of extra food to meet the needs of the community. The organization will host an open house on July 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at its location at 614 Race Street in Cambridge. The open house is open to everyone in the community to learn about the mission center and celebrate it.
One Mission Cambridge’s location has proved ideal to serve some of the community’s most vulnerable populations. The building includes a storefront on Race Street with a large communal space in the rear of the building. By consolidating some of the area’s food pantries, One Mission Cambridge can offer a food pantry store where people can shop for what they need in a dignified manner. In addition, the center offers community navigation with computers onsite for people to research jobs and complete job applications and look up resources to help them connect to community services. Whether you need food items, to get a replacement Social Security card or photo ID, or just need a friendly face to talk to, the center is open for walk-in services.
“When you are in a crisis, you are overwhelmed with navigating the process to get on the other side of it. We are the stopgap – stepping into the process and providing support,” comments Krista Pettit, leader of One Mission Cambridge’s efforts.
In the back of the storefront, there is a private meeting room to offer Christian counseling and support groups. Further back, a large community space is available to host community dinners for about 120 people. These dinners hope to start in the fall on the first Monday of each month and will include a sit-down dinner, along with a Bible reading and discussion, as well as music and art enrichment.
One Mission Cambridge is about the Body of Christ working together – combining resources and people. The organization’s name “One Mission” comes from all the churches having the same mission: to love God and to love their neighbors. All Christian Churches are invited to participate in this exciting organization. The organization was born in the summer of 2021 when a volunteer subcommittee brought people from the community together and interviewed nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and community members who utilize various agencies to determine the unmet needs in the community and what services could be provided. The survey revealed that people in the community have a heart for others, there are a lot of great organizations helping people, and there needs to be a place for people to talk, listen and provide guidance on getting help and encouragement.
To date, over 15 churches are working with One Mission Cambridge. Krista Pettit, who began working on the project as a volunteer with Grace United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, recognized the need in the community when talking with other churches. The organization wants to partner with everyone providing services in the Cambridge area, including area food pantries, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and churches who, according to Krista, are doing tremendous work in the community. Volunteers are also needed and interested persons can attend the open house to inquire, contact Pettit directly, or sign up via the website at onemissioncambridge.org or call 410-901-3959.
One Mission Cambridge will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 1 to 6 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. These hours were selected as times when other organizations aren't open and to allow people who work to utilize the services.
Visit One Mission Cambridge on Facebook or Instagram or their website onemissioncambridge.org or call 410-901-3959. Donations can be made to One Mission Cambridge, P.O. Box 815, Cambridge, MD 21613.
One Mission Cambridge is a coalition of Christian Churches and ministries called to provide hope through Jesus Christ by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of men, women, and children in Cambridge.
One Mission Cambridge is a new initiative in Dorchester County that serves those living in poverty through programs at a mission center. This mission center is located at 614 Race Street. Area churches serving together to provide for those in need operate the mission center. This location will provide a food pantry, community navigation services, community dinners, and counseling programs. This mission center is scheduled to open June 6, 2022.
In order to provide food in a consistent manner and spend more time with clients, the plan is to consolidate some of the food pantries into one location, which is the mission center. This center is available every week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1-6pm and the second Saturday 9am-12pm). This food pantry will be set up like a store so people can choose the food they need and desire, thus preventing food waste. This store model eliminates the confusion of where to go for food and establishes a consistent, efficient, and dignified manner of distributing food. This food site will focus on healthy choices, and the pantry will provide educational materials, recipe cards, and classes to encourage good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
One Mission Cambridge will expand services in the fall to provide community dinners the first Monday of the month from 4-6pm with plans to extend the dinners at other locations throughout the Cambridge area. The goal is that there will be a community dinner every night of the week in different neighborhoods. The community dinners not only provide an abundance of food, but they also give an opportunity to connect with others. The community dinners provide food to those who are experiencing food insecurity and offer support for those who are lonely.
Along with distributing food at the mission center, trained volunteers and staff will spend time listening to clients and connecting them to services. Community navigation will ensure clients are connected to all of the programs that can improve their lives. The time spent with clients will also help develop relationships and trust within the community, which is another way to improve the physical and mental health of community members.
Another component of One Mission Cambridge is Christian counseling services, which include individual counseling as well as support groups. The need for counseling services was identified through a community assessment. The need that was expressed most frequently during these community conversations was mental health services to individuals and families.
All Christian Churches are invited to participate in One Mission Cambridge. There are meetings every month to make decisions about the mission center. There are many opportunities to volunteer for church and community members, too! To become involved, please contact Krista Pettit: firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-521-6825. A Facebook page and website (onemissioncambridge.org) are coming soon with updated information.
When you walk in the door, the building’s historic brick walls peak through colorful murals featuring billowy clouds and blue sky, immediately giving guests the feeling of hope.
Many churches of different denominations in and around Cambridge have banded together to create a new initiative called One Mission Cambridge – a coalition of Christian churches and ministries called to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women and children in the Cambridge area. The organization’s name “One Mission” comes from all the churches having the same mission: to love God and to love their neighbors. All Christian Churches are invited to participate in this exciting organization.
The organization’s new home at 614 Race Street in Cambridge is the ideal location to serve some of the community’s most vulnerable populations. The building includes a storefront on Race Street with a large communal space in the rear of the building. The idea is to consolidate some of the area’s food pantries and to offer a food pantry store where people can shop for what they need in a dignified manner.
In addition, the center will offer community navigation with computers onsite for people to research jobs and complete job applications and look up resources to help them connect to community services. In the back of the storefront there is a private meeting room to offer Christian counseling and support groups. Further back, a large community space is available to host community dinners for about 120 people. These dinners hope to start in the fall on the first Monday of each month and will include a sit-down dinner, along with a Bible reading and discussion, as well as music and art enrichment.
One Mission Cambridge is about the Body of Christ working together – combining resources and people. Where church members come together with members of the community discipleship can happen...
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