COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINIC
Many people hope to leave a legacy, and St. John’s member Elmore Holmes III did. A corporate law attorney who also managed his firm’s pro bono activities, Holmes believed that everyone, regardless of financial resources should have access to legal help. Mr. Holmes was a guiding force for the Community Legal Center until his passing in 2005. The CLC continues to serve the working poor of Memphis with top-quality legal advice and representation. Many people who need legal help have too much income to qualify for free assistance, but too little income to afford an attorney. Volunteer lawyers and mediators offer their services for as little as $15. The CLC is generously funded by the Community Foundation.
We are grateful to house this mission. The Community Legal Clinic meets at St. John’s twice monthly, on the first and third Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. To make an appointment, call the CLC at 901-543-3395 or visit www.clcmemphis.com.
MEMPHIS AREA PREVENTION COALITION
The Memphis Area Prevention Coalition is a non-profit group formed to facilitate prevention efforts in Shelby County to combat substance abuse and its consequences. Our mission is to bring people and organizations together in an effort to reduce substance use and abuse among the youth in Shelby County. We are a grassroots organization made up of concerned citizens from 12 different sectors of the community. We are dedicated to education, collaboration and promotion emphasizing the importance of attending to the needs of our young people in order to promote their development of healthy lives.
WORKERS INTERFAITH NETWORK
Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) is a coalition of members of the faith and labor communities who seek justice in the workplace. The mission is to educate and organize people of faith, low-wage workers, and workers' allies in order to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for the hard-working people of the Mid-South, especially those who earn low wages.
BRUCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
St. John’s has been in partnership with Bruce Elementary through Memphis City School’s Adopt-a-School program for over twenty years. St. John's support includes an annual school supply drive, donations of coats to students in need, tutoring services, book drives, and an annual essay contest, which we conduct. Bruce Elementary students also help with our community garden and support the food ministries of St. John's through canned food drives. Our relationship with Bruce Elementary continues to grow, and we encourage you to get involved!
St. John's embraced the vision of Church Health, the Church Health Center, before it opened its doors in 1987. In 1986, the church hired Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div., as an pastor while he pursued funding for his dream of a faith-based health center for the working poor. The church also bought Church Health's first building, which was renovated with gifts from individuals, organizations and congregations throughout the city. Now, Church Health has more than 44,000 patient visits at its clinic each year.
MEMPHIS EMPTY BOWLS
The Memphis Empty Bowls Project seeks to raise awareness and funding to fight hunger in the Midsouth, and encourages the community to experience creativity as an act of compassionate service to our neighbors.
FEAST FOR FRIENDS
In 1992, Darrell Bowers and his mother, Martha, began a dinner program at St. John's for persons living with HIV/AIDS called Feast for Friends. The goal was, and continues to be, to provide nutritious meals to those battling this disease while providing a safe haven filled with love and understanding.
Volunteers are needed for preparation and serving dinner twice monthly. The dinners are held in the St. John's L.P. Brown Fellowship Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Visit http://www.friendsforlifecorp.org/feastforfriends/
BREAD FOR THE WORLD
At St. John's, we work to combat hunger and poverty through various ministries in our community. We feed the hungry, but really what we want to do is eliminate hunger.
To that end, St. John's works to change the structures in place that contribute to hunger and poverty. One of the ways we do this is by supporting Bread for the World, a global hunger advocacy group. Every year, Bread lobbies Congress on specific legislation related to food and poverty, in part through an offering of letters, in which St. John's participates annually.