Care of the Homebound
This important ministry is provided by both clergy and lay members of the parish. All of our shut-ins receive a pastoral call once or twice a month.
Holy Cross+Santa Cruz Thrift Shop
We provide essential clothing and household goods at little or no cost, based on the level of perceived need. The prices are set to serve those who manage their lives on a limited budget. In situations of dire need no money is necessary to shop. The Thrift Shop is open on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons year round.
Holy Cross+Santa Cruz Soap Closet
We provide hygiene products to families in need at no cost. Supplies such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toiletries, laundry and dish detergent help families whose income would not make purchasing these products possible. It was originally started to provide those necessary items not covered by food stamps. The congregation and the community at large fund this ministry. Note: the soap closet is temporarily closed for the summer until September 2019. It may reopen with reduced hours. Please stay tuned and watch our Facebook page or announcements for any updates.
Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network is a coalition formed by local faith communities and concerned residents to provide a network of safety and support for our immigrant friends and neighbors, who are valued members of our communities. Please visit www.ulsterimmigrantdefensenetwork.org to learn more.
During periods of extreme cold, the Ulster County Warming Center is activated as part of the County’s “Code Blue” protocol. For the duration of a Code Blue activation, members of law enforcement and others are encouraged to refer individuals in need of shelter to the Family of Woodstock Hotline at (845) 338-2370 or directly to the Warming Center. Code Blue activations are reported on the County’s website at www.ulstercountyny.gov.
The Ulster County Warming Center provides cots, bedding and meals, as well as referrals to other supportive services, for anyone who is without a warm place to stay during cold winter nights.
For 2018-2019, the warming center is located at the AME Zion Church at 26 Franklin Street in Midtown Kingston. This is made possible through a partnership between Ulster County, the AME Zion Congregation, the Kingston Interfaith Council, and Catholic Charities, which will provide staff support at the Center.
Kingston Interfaith Council
Holy Cross+Santa Cruz is honored to be a member of the Kingston Interfaith Council, a coalition representing more than 20 faith communities, dedicated to working together to advance justice and administer charity in the community. The KIC advocates for social and political initiatives for the sake of the common good and sponsors educational seminars and forums to raise consciousness within the community about issues of concern.
Holy Cross+Santa Cruz Twelve Step Programs
The parish hosts several weekly meetings to support sobriety from alcohol addiction and other drug dependencies. We consider it a privilege to support the miracle at work in so many in the community who put out the effort to reclaim their lives in response to God’s grace.
Holy Cross, together with Saint John’s, provides an Annual Scholarship to a deserving Kingston High School graduate.
Peaceful Guardians Project
Holy Cross + Santa Cruz is pleased to have some mentors involved with the Peaceful Guardians Project. The Peaceful Guardians Project is a program, new for 2019, that links KCSD middle-school students with the Kingston Police Department police force. Details about the program can be found here.
We are always looking for new ways through which we might make God’s love visible and poised to take action according to our abilities and resources.