St. David's mission is to love and serve God through worship, outreach, and love for all. We follow the outreach portion of this mission statement through the programs listed here.
Haiti Outreach Mission:
This outreach program, began in 1998, is dedicated to helping the people and children of Mirebalais, Haiti - a mountain town approximately 50 miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
St. David's, along with other Catholic, Episcopal, and Baptist churches, provides health care, education, and other services with our partner churches in Mirebalais - St. Louis Catholic and St. Pierre Episcopal.
Our mission team, made up of doctors, dentists, nurses, and lay people from the member churches as well as doctors and medical students from Port-au-Prince, visits Mirebalais once each year.
Crossroads Soup Kitchen:
Three times per year parishioners regularly donate a Sunday afternoon to feed the hungry at this feeding center in downtown Detroit.
Click here for more Crossroads' information.
South Oakland Shelter (SOS):
The South Oakland Shelter organization provides shelter, food, and counsel to some of the homeless in South Oakland county.
Each year St. David's hosts the SOS for one week during which time parishioners act as hosts, drivers, cooks, and launderers. Our volunteers are encouraged to interact with our guests to make them feel welcomed. We also sponsor a 10k/5k fun run/walk "End Homelessness Now" race on the 1st Sunday in August.
St. David's is a charter member of this organization which began in 1984.
Donations are always welcomed to support the operation of the shelter program.
For more information on SOS, please visit their web site: http://www.southoaklandshelter.org/
Detroit Rescue Mission:
Join us on the second Wednesday of each month from 7p-8p as we travel to downtown Detroit to be with our homeless brothers at the Detroit Rescue Mission. We need your help setting up and participating in this service, which usually draws between 50-80 men. Contact Susan Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer.
Open Hands Pantry:
Each month, grocery items collected by our members are delivered to Open Hands Food Pantry for distribution through their organization. We donate approximately 1000 lbs/year to Open Hands Food Pantry as well as 200+ lbs of apples from our apple trees.
Open Hands Food Pantry provides emergency food and toiletries to residents of Oakland County. Completely staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers, the pantry is open on Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings. They serve over 10,000 people/year.
Click here to check out their ministry.
Vandenberg World Cultures Academy:
In January 2010 we began a partnership with our neighborhood school, Vandenberg World Cultures Academy. This K-5 magnet school serves students from 25 different countries and has 29 different languages represented.
St. David's volunteers assist in classrooms across all grade levels, providing extra help in literacy, science, social studies, and technology. Strong bonds are formed between students and volunteers, resulting in positive new relationships.
Celebrity Reader Program:
St. David's participates in the Celebrity Reader program operated by the Southfield Public Schools. Celebrity Readers was created by the Partnership for Education Council of Southfield Public Schools (SPS) and gives participants the opportunity to read to students in Head Start through 5th grade during 30 minute, bi-monthly sessions throughout the school year. Contact the church office (248.557.5430) for more information.
Alcoholics Anonymous & Alanon:
These groups meet three times a week at St. David's:
- Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm,
- Thursdays at Noon, and
- Saturday evenings at 8:30pm.
Their meetings are open to all in the parish and the community at large who need their services.
St. David's is pleased with our long relationship with these fine organizations.
For more information, contact: AA of Greater Detroit (Ferndale); 248-541-6565
Help us grow food for the hungry!
In the fall of 2009, in conjunction with the Southfield Parks & Garden Club, we started an organic Community Garden on our property. Members and non-members of St. David's are welcome to tend this garden.
If you like to garden but don't have such space in your yard (or live in an apartment or condo), come help out in our garden.
All produce grown is given to the Open Hands Pantry organization at St. John's Episcopal Church, Royal Oak, MI.
Since 2010, 4250 pounds has been harvested from our garden and apple trees.