Queen of Peace Community Ministry Partners

Church is not simply a building; it is a gathering of people who share the same love for God. Together we help our parish grow and thrive, but there’s more. God calls us to love and serve our neighbor as ourselves. Our baptism is our call to action! Nourished by the Eucharist we are to go “out into the world” to address the many needs of the vulnerable.

The weekend of the first Sunday of the month is our “Give Hope – Give Help” food and supply collection. You may use the link provided to see what our Ministry Partners are currently requesting to care for those they serve each day.

We invite you to get to know our Ministry Partners through the information and links provided. Our Partners are always looking for kind hearts with warm smiles to make a difference. Consider serving at a Ministry Partner’s location and make a big impact in the lives of others.

The Mission of A Woman’s Answer Medical Clinic is to aid, educate, and support women who are pregnant; to help women recognize the wonderful gift of motherhood; to present life-affirming options to men and women who seek wholeness of body, mind and spirit; to encourage healthy relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.

LEARN MORE HERE:  https://www.awomansanswer.net/

Bread of the Mighty Food Bank collects, sorts, stores and distributes donated food and basic essentials to 190+ non-profit agency partners such as food pantries, homeless shelters and other organizations who then distribute food in their communities to directly feed the hungry. The food bank serves Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette and Levy Counties.

LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.breadofthemighty.org/

Catholic Charities puts faith into action to serve the most vulnerable in our community, advocating for justice, human dignity and quality of life, while reflecting the compassion of God in Christ. Catholic Charities offers a variety programs to provide assistance to anyone in need in our community. This includes Emergency Assistance, Rural Mobile Food Distributions, Weekend Hunger Backpack Program, Bridges to Prosperity, Adoption, Pregnancy Counseling, English Language Literacy and more.

LEARN MORE HERE: http://catholiccharitiesgainesville.org/

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/3lAUE-FnEyQ

Christians concerned for the community

“Expressing the love of God by equipping the Church to serve people.” Christians Concerned for the Community partners with local churches, organizations, and government agencies to help meet the practical, spiritual, and human development needs of Alachua County. The items most commonly requested from the community are twin beds and used washing machines. The CCC physical plant is in need of skilled assistance with electrical and HVAC work.

Community Pregnancy Clinic is a place where caring medical professionals are ready to listen. We have answers to your questions––and we base it all on proven facts with more than 30 years of experience in pregnancy care.  At the end of the day, we care about nothing more than your well being.  All services are FREE and Confidential.  Community Pregnancy Clinics does not perform or refer for abortion.

LEARN MORE HERE:  https://communitypregnancyclinic.com/

The mission of FAMILY PROMISE is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.  Through coordinated local efforts that bring communities together, we help homeless families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity.  Working together, we provide temporary housing, meals, and services to more than 125,000 family members annually. Volunteers mentor at-risk families. They teach financial literacy. They help find jobs and affordable housing. They create programs to meet specific needs in their communities. And they advocate for public policies that alleviate poverty and promote the economic stability of low-income families.  The vision of FP is a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.

LEARN MORE AT: https://familypromise.org/

Grace Marketplace is on a mission to END homelessness in Gainesville. GRACE is a one-stop homeless resource center serving Gainesville and Alachua County. We provide helpful and effective services for anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Services include safe emergency shelter, permanent housing, showers, hot meals, storage, case management, job training, and providing space to our partners to provide health care and other services. By taking care of basic necessities day to day, GRACE empowers individuals to reclaim control over their lives and recover from unfortunate circumstances.

LEARN MORE AT:  https://www.gracemarketplace.org/

We are the source for patients, their families and their healthcare providers to find
answers to their advanced illness challenges. Haven provides Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care Consultations as well as comfort through the compassionate delivery of Hospice Services. When health becomes a challenge, we will be your haven.

LEARN MORE AT:  https://beyourhaven.org/

HELPING HANDS MEDICAL CLINIC: Helping Hands Clinic for the Homeless seeks to improve the physical and mental well-being of the homeless and poor by: delivering comprehensive health care, sensitizing providers to the special needs of the homeless and engaging the community in meaningful contribution.  Helping Hands is a group of volunteer health professionals who have provided free healthcare to the poor and/or homeless for over 30 years. All of their clients live at or below the poverty line and 55% are homeless.

Healthcare professionals (MDs, Psychologists, PAs and ARNP, RNS) are needed Mondays from 3:00-7:00 pm and shifts are flexible. HH provides clinic services on Wednesdays at GRACE Marketplace.  Hospitality angels provide the ingredients, cook, deliver or serve meals.  Whether your talent is healthcare, hospitality or beauty/barbering, you can make a very real difference to someone in need by serving at Helping Hands.

Medical professionals, please contact Brendan.shortleyhhc@gmail.com for more information.

If you would like to provide the ingredients, cook, deliver or serve Monday night meals, please contact Lisa McQuagge at Queen of Peace Catholic Community for more information.

To learn more go to http://hhclinicgnv.org/

Our mission is to promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illnesses and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services.  Hope, Recovery, and Wellness are within everyone’s reach.  Meridian brings education about mental illnesses and substance use disorders and treatment to the local level.  It is Meridian’s goal to improve the wellbeing and health of our patients and community.

LEARN MORE AT: https://www.mbhci.org/

Peaceful Paths exists to save lives and create change.  It is a certified domestic violence center that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, 24-hour helpline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, education and training, crisis counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, and violence prevention programs.

LEARN MORE AT: https://www.peacefulpaths.org/

St. Francis House

The vision of St. Francis House is to end homelessness and hunger in our community and to stably house families and children.

LEARN MORE AT: https://stfrancishousegnv.com/

Southwest Area Group (SWAG) Family Resource Center is made up of area residents, advocates and service providers that strive to improve the health and well-being of residents in the Tower Road area, just west of I-75. SWAG’s goals include protecting vulnerable children, supporting families, and providing opportunity and resources so adults can realize self-reliance and success in life. The Family Resource Center provides a safe place for children and their families, and a gateway to services and opportunities for those seeking to better themselves. The SW Health Clinic provides primary medical services and seeks to improve the health and well-being of the SWAG residents.

READ MORE HERE:  http://swadvocacygroup.org/

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/ftjGRvn8paA