In Our Community

Angel Tree

Angel Tree provides gifts for needy children attending Oakland Elementary School. We also include all siblings of the referred students. Included on the tree are residents without family from two Suffolk nursing homes (Nansemond Pointe and Autumn Care).

  • Coordinator: Linda Briley 357-9281
Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS) is a group of churches and organizations working together for poverty alleviation and community development.  By sharing resources, information, support and outreach ministries, we are working together for poverty alleviation and community development.  This coalition will enable churches to successfully fulfill their call to love our neighbor, care for orphans and widows, and serve our neighbors in Suffolk.
  • Coordinators: Ebenezer UMC
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Ebenezer Express
Ebenezer Express is a group of church members who visit those unable to attend church because of disability, sickness or being home-bound.  These visits keep members and friends feeling like they are still an active part of the church during their absence from Ebenezer.  Communion served upon request.
  • Coordinator: Danna Vroman 539-8588
ForKids is a non-profit organization whose mission is the care of homeless families and children in the Tidewater area.  Suffolk House, provides a temporary safe haven and helps residents address the long list of needs of homeless families.  The ultimate goal is to help each family transition to self-sufficiency with work, health, home and family.  You can help through volunteering your time, donating needed foods and clothes as well as monetary support.
  • Coordinator: Lou Pollard
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The Genieve Shelter
The Genieve Shelter is a safe refuge for battered women and their children.  It serves the cities of Suffolk and Franklin, the Town of Smithfield, and the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton, and Surry.  Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline; individual and group counseling; court accompaniment; emergency shelter, food and clothing; and emergency transportation.  Also provided is a Children’s Program that offers after school tutoring, a weekly children’s support group, and recreational activities.
  • Coordinators: Sharon Hawkins Sharon Hawkins: 538-8999 or Val Livingston – Shelter Director, 925-4365
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14Loaves & Fishes
Loaves & Fishes is Ebenezer’s food pantry.  Whether taking referrals from CAPS to serving a church or local community member or being contacted by a stranger in need, we reach out to help those in need.  Currently, we have two cabinets to store essentials for those coming in for assistance and we need to restock what we have given out and keep food stock rotated on a regular basis.
  • Coordinators: Bernie Harris: or  Chris Keltner: 748-2949
Meals On Wheels
Meals On Wheels–Suffolk is dedicated to ending all Senior hunger by the year 2020.  Ebenezer has a team of volunteers who improve the quality of life for senior and disabled residents by delivering meals to those in need in the Suffolk and Isle of Wight area.  The volunteers pick up the meals at Sentara Obici Hospital to deliver them to various areas between the hours of 11:30 and 1:00.
16One Harvest
ONEHARVEST Food Ministries food box is dedicated to the large task of supplying high quality, economical groceries to those who want them and need them!  Order the great deals each month and/or volunteer in a great ministry.  There is a job for all ages.  For more info you may visit or
Coordinators: Bernie Harris: or Chris Keltner: 748-2949
Operation Prayer Package
Operation Prayer Package is a ministry whose purpose is to reach out to our US military members overseas and those on ourYellow Ribbon Tree. Items are collected periodically and then Prayer Packages are assembled and mailed to our troops.Volunteers are always needed on assembly night.
  • Coordinator: Chris Keltner:  748-2949
Pennies From Heaven
Pennies From Heaven is the unexpected fortune of a caring hand up for those in need; through the collection of your loose change.  Each quarter, a check is written to a local charity or organization who helps the needy.  Volunteering is easy—Look for a display and a marked can, drop your coins in and listen to the joyful noise!
School Supply Drive
School Supply Drive collects school supplies for needy children at Oakland Elementary School (K-5 grade).  Supplies are collected through the month of August and then delivered for distribution to the students for the first day of school.
  • Coordinator: Angela Wilson: 238-8463
Soup Kitchen
Soup Kitchen at St. Paul’s is a volunteer team who prepares hot lunches for the homeless at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newport News at numerous times throughout the year.
  • Coordinator: Barbara Everette: 238-9930
Warm Tree
Warm Tree kicks off the Christmas season by asking the congregation to warm up a tree by bringing in hats, gloves, scarves and lightly used jackets. These items are then donated to the Wesley Community Services Center.
  • Coordinator: Linda Briley: 357-9281
22We Care
We Care is a ministry that touches the lives of infants, children, adults and seniors through crocheted, knitted, sewed and tied items.  Items crafted include blankets, infant hats, bereavement buntings, gowns, socks, travel bags, lap blankets and comfort shawls.
You don’t have to know how to sew, knit or crochet, though.  Volunteers are always needed to deliver these items to local hospitals, shelters, health departments, senior centers, church family and community friends!
  • Coordinator: Janie Murrell:
Wesley Community Services Center
Wesley Community Service Center’s mission is to operate programs and services aimed at empowering the powerless and poor in Portsmouth’s Southside communities through Christian based services which improve the quality of life.
The Wesley Center remains committed to working for minority empowerment and building community across racial, economic and social barriers as well as acting as an advocate and broker for community services and assistance.
  • Coordinator: Chris Keltner: or John Hatcher – Executive Director,