Ministry & Outreach
All Souls Counseling at Church of the Advocate
Once a week, COA offers mental health counseling services to parishioners by appointment. Locating this important service at Trinity, in a walkable location, eliminates a major barrier to mental health care – access. By getting their care in a place they know and trust, parishioners are more open to scheduling and keeping appointments.
Good Works Crew
In 2016, Church of the Advocate launched its Good Works Crew. The crew’s members are parishioners who are:
- Living in permanent housing or
- Pursuing placement in permanent housing and
- Actively involved in mental health counseling.
The Good Works Crew is currently working at CarePartners Thrift Store and First Presbyterian Church’s community garden (located at the Black Mountain Home for Children), as well as assisting with Habitat projects in Buncombe County and restoration of an historic trail at Lake Logan, the diocesan retreat center in Haywood County. The crew also assists parishes in western North Carolina with grounds maintenance and participates in service projects in the city of Asheville.
Prior to and following the Sunday service, we open our Nurse’s Station. Staffed by a parish nurse, the station provides treatment for minor ailments with over-the-counter medications, foot care products, lotions, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes to parishioners.
Sole Mate – Helping Church of the Advocate’s Parishioners Get Back on Their Feet
What do our homeless brothers and sisters need most? At Church of the Advocate, we ask ourselves that every day. In the community we serve, clothing is readily available through several downtown ministries. Finding shoes is another matter, which is why we created Sole Mate.
What is Sole Mate?
Sole Mate is the only “closet” dedicated exclusively to collecting gently used and new men’s and women’s footwear. These include:
- Gently used and new men’s and women’s athletic shoes and boots, and
- New tube socks.
How Can You Get Involved?
- Bring your donations to the Trinity Church Office. Park in the church parking lot off Lexington Avenue across from the Aloft Hotel. Push the button at the door and a volunteer will let you in.
- Bring donations to All Souls Cathedral.
- Call Church of the Advocate at 828-253-9361 ext. 227 to arrange a drop-off time.
Sunday Luncheon – Breaking Bread Together
Each Sunday, after our Worship Service and Holy Eucharist, a local parish, school, or family donates and serves a meal to our members. We usually serve between 125-150 people each week.
How Can You Get Involved?
Volunteer. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of volunteers if you would like to prepare and serve a meal, please contact us. You’ll not only have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference, you’ll also have fun doing it.
Year ‘Round and Seasonal Parish Needs
Throughout the Year
- Just Jeans – Jeans are the most frequently requested article of clothing among Church of the Advocate parishioners. For us, there is no such thing as too many jeans. To address high demand in the winter months, Church of the Advocate holds a Just Jeans campaign every year in the fall.
- Sleeping Bags, Bedrolls, Blankets and Backpacks
- Parishioners who are in stable housing need bedding: new and gently worn sheets and pillowcases, as well a clean blankets.
- Parishioners who are not in stable housing need sleeping bags and bedrolls.
- Regardless of their housing situation, our parishioners always need new or gently used backpacks.
- Personal Care Items
- Shampoo (travel size and regular)
- Disposable razors
- Shaving cream
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Feminine hygiene products
- Foot Care Products
- Foot creams and salves
- Athlete’s foot powders and ointments
- Batteries – AA and AAA batteries
Starting in August, we accept donations for the following items:
- Men’s and women’s new and gently used coats
- Heavy shirts for men and women
How Your Support Makes a Difference
$500… funds one week of work for our Good Works! Crew
$200… pays for a Sunday meal that feeds 125 hungry homeless people
$100… pays for a month’s supply paper supplies, personal products and food from MANNA for one month
$70…pays for two mental health counseling appointments
$50…assists with move-in expenses for a newly housed person
$25…a sturdy pair of shoes, work crew lunches, three multi-packs of tube socks