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.
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 693 individuals.
From God’s Bounty: Meals & Fellowship for All
has been providing substantial, nutritional meals and fellowship for those who would go without on Cape Ann for 20 years in February of 2018. Two evening meals are served weekly, when none are available through other programs. Our meals are offered free of charge, twice weekly 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 Brown Bag Lunch Ministry:
providing 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, 20 years ago, CAIC took over the ministry and 3 of the faith communities involved have been committed since we began.
refers to our work for deepened understanding of commonly held values. 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. Committed to our individual faiths, we work together inter-faithfully, serving God by loving our neighbors.
In December, celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, we serve approximately 200 children on Cape Ann, providing each child 2 new much-needed articles of clothing. The average cost of each gift is $40, and members of individual congregations/organizations purchase winter jackets, boots, gloves, socks, underwear, etc. for needy children identified mainly through Harvest Meals and social service agency referrals—14 years in 2017.
100% volunteer effort—over 200 volunteers from many faith communities with a powerful 100-student/youth component. Belonging to a faith community is not a requirement for our volunteers.
How can others participate?
Volunteer to cook, serve, and cleanup at Harvest Meals. Pray for our work. Help with communications, accounting, legal work, fundraising, photography, or work on interfaith harmony events.
100% of donations to Homes, Harvest or Harmony are used solely for the designated activity.