Cape Ann Interfaith Commission (CAIC)

Cape Ann Interfaith Commission

Mission:

CAIC fosters interfaith understanding, spiritual growth and community betterment through its three-part program: Homes, Harvest and Harmony; 28 Faith communities from Cape Ann and beyond work together in this ongoing ministry.

Homes:

One-time only, grants up to $750 to assist residents of Cape Ann with first, last or security. Successful applicants must be at or below poverty level, referred by local social service agencies, and have a high probability of successfully maintaining a tenancy. To date the fund has aided 317 adults and 264 children—a total of 581 individuals. A St. John’s Episcopal Church Gloucester parishioner provided the concept for the foundation of the Homes Fund.

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From God’s Bounty: Meals & Fellowship for All

Harvest:

providing substantial, nutritional meals and fellowship for those who would go without on Cape Ann. Two evening meals served weekly, for over 14 years, when none are available through other programs. Our meals are offered free of charge, twice a week, in downtown, handicapped-accessible locations in Gloucester: Tuesdays at St. John’s Episcopal Church and Fridays at Trinity Congregational Church, UCC. We serve 250 meals weekly. Guests range from birth to nineties. Cape Ann Interfaith Commission (CAIC) also supports The Open Door.

Shelter Lunch Ministry:

providing brown bag lunches every day of the year for the 34 guests of Action’s Shelter. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Gloucester founded this ministry and for over a decade made & delivered lunches every day of the year. At their request, 14 years ago, CAIC took over the ministry and 3 of the faith communities involved have been committed since we began.

Harmony:

refers to our work for deepened understanding of commonly held values. Committed to our individual faiths, we work together interfaithfully, serving God by loving our neighbors. Our member congregations commit themselves to a vision of peace and harmony—acknowledging God wills all of us to live and work together for the betterment of each person.

Angels Ministry:

In December, celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, we served at least 160 children on Cape Ann, providing each child 2 new much-needed articles of clothing. The average cost of each gift is $35, and members of individual congregations purchase winter jackets, boots, gloves, socks, underwear, etc. for needy children identified mainly through Harvest Meals.

Who’s involved?

100% volunteer effort—over 200 volunteers from many faith communities with a powerful 125 plus youth component.

How can others participate?

Volunteer to cook, serve, and clean-up at Harvest Meals. Pray for our work. Help with communications, accounting, legal work, fundraising, photography, or work on interfaith harmony events and our annual awards ceremony.

100% of donations to Homes, Harvest or Harmony are used solely for the designated activity.

Email: Maud Warren

Cape Ann Interfaith Commission, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-283-8150

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