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Benevolences

OAPC supports a variety of helping agencies in our community and around the world through its individual members and the Missions Committee.

Our Benevolences for This Year Include:

  • Adult Enrichment Center/Rock Hill (formerly Park Avenue Adult Day Care)
    provides medical, respite, Alzheimer's, and social care for the elderly

  • Affinity Health Care (formerly Catawba Care)
    provides medical care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS

  • Alternative Gift Focus - this event encourages alternatives to consumerism at Christmas time, supports our Mission Partners financially, and deepens relationships between Mission Partners and our congregation.
    Alternative Gift Catalog -- Simplify your Christmas giving and honor a loved one by supporting our Mission Partners, who reach out to care for our community and others throughout the world. (catalog to be linked when available.)
    Equal Exchange - Your purchase is more than just delicious -- it goes a long way toward empowering farmers, strengthening democratic co-ops and changing the food system -- organic chocolate; coffee, tea, fair foods.
    Who we are and what we believe in - watch video.

    Greenery Order form -- handmade garland and wreaths; Christmas trees are unavailable this year due to a shortage of trees in NC.
    SERRV nonprofit, fair trade -- selling handcrafted products to benefit disadvantaged artisans, farmers and their families.
    Auction -- information will be updated as available

  • Children's Attention Home
    provides emergency residential shelter for abused and neglected children

  • Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen
    interdenominational hot meal lunch program Mon.-Sat. OAPC serves on 3rd Tuesdays and 5th Saturdays.

  • Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)
    a program that provides food, shelter, and training for homeless families

  • Haven Men's Shelter
    shelter and a meal for homeless men

  • HOPE House
    Helping Other People Effectively ministers to those in need by providing groceries and partial payments for utilities and medicines.

  • HOPE Garden
    OAPC members plant, tend and harvest crops to donate to Project H. O. P. E. Ministry. Contact: Sue Smith, 803-328-8681

  • Just Coffee
    is a coffee cooperative developed by our Missionary Team in Agua Prieta, Mexico

  • NAMI
    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is an education and advocay group for people with brain disorders. Support Groups meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. in rooms 202/203; an open Education Meeting meets quarterly at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of March, June, Sept. and Dec. in Fellowship Hall.

  • Pilgrim's Inn
    offers five programs to assist individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

  • Safe Passage
    supportive service for families living with abuse

  • Saluda Center
    counseling services for a variety of needs such as for the emotionally troubled, families, and clergy training.

  • STAR (Student Tutorial And Recreation Program)
    provides after-school assistance with homework to 1st-5th graders from Ebenezer Elementary School

Groups we support through special campaigns and participation in quarterly or yearly events:

  • Crop Walk -- Sun., Nov. 3, 3 p.m., WU Dinkins Front Lawn (Registration at 2 p.m.)

  • Habitat For Humanity (OAPC partners with a Faith Build yearly; next work date to be announced.)

  • Red Cross (quarterly Blood Drives: usually the first Monday of March, June, September, and December -- 2019 dates: June 3, Sept. 9, Dec. 2

PC(U.S.A.) Institutions we support:

Non-Profit Groups we support through use of our facilities:

  • AA -- meets at 5:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., Presbyterian Student Center

  • Al-Anon --meets at Noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, room 202

  • Chemically Dependent Anonymous -- meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Presbyterian Student Center

  • DBSA (Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance) -- meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., Presbyterian Student Center

  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) --  General Educ. meetings are held quarterly (March/June/Sept./Dec.) 2nd Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall; Connections and Family Support groups meet 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m., room 202 education wing; family classes meet when scheduled.

Last Published: October 7, 2019 3:30 PM