Shallowford has a long history of service in the name of Christ to our surrounding community and the world beyond. We strongly encourage all members of the church to find some way to put their faith to work in the service of others. Here are some of the established service ministries our congregation maintains.
Shallowford is a food assistance site of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Our church food pantry provides groceries to DeKalb County resident individuals and families, up to four times a year per family, no client fee or donation required. Volunteers can help by buying groceries to stock the pantry or by organizing the stock into bags. Or, volunteers can staff the Food Pantry office at the church, open Tuesdays through Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, to meet with and provide food bags to clients. We regularly serve forty to sixty families each month.
Habitat for Humanity
Members of our congregation have been engaged in constructing houses through Habitat for Humanity, the private, non-profit organization that builds housing for low-income families throughout the country. Habitat has become a regular part of Shallowford’s service commitment. Volunteer labor is solicited each year from among the congregation.
Interfaith Outreach Home
Interfaith Outreach Home, a non-profit organization, is located in Doraville. This organization provides housing, counseling, and support to families. Families can live at this facility for up to six months, spending many hours in class learning to live within a budget and receiving job counseling so the family can become self-sufficient. Shallowford provides financial support, and many members help as needed by providing assistance with maintenance and repair of the building and grounds, and by providing supplies for the resident families as needed.
Through La Amistad, Shallowford tutors Latino students from our local primary school, Hawthorne Elementary. We will build relationships to foster educational excellence and help students, parents and families achieve a better quality of life. Shallowford volunteers are invited to tutor students Mondays and/or Thursdays, 3:30-5pm on the 3rd floor.
Inspire, the After School Initiative of Shalom
NETWorks Cooperative Christian Ministries
NETWorks, a cooperative Christian ministry supported by local churches, has grown in scope and budget since its inception in July 2004. This ministry provides financial assistance with rent, utilities, and other needs for residents of the Northlake, Embry Hills, and Tucker area. In addition to providing financial support to NETWorks, Shallowford members volunteer their time to this ministry.
Shalom International Ministry
Shalom International Ministry is a new church development of the Presbyterian Church located in Clarkston, GA. In the 1990s refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many different backgrounds. Shalom’s mission is to respond to the social, economic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of refugees and immigrants, by being the church.
Shallowford members provide lunch for and help with Shalom’s Saturday morning kid’s club. They also support Inspire, Shalom’s afterschool program for middle school students. Shalom worships at 6:30 on Sunday evenings and welcomes Shallowford’s members to join them.
Thornwell Home for Children
Founded in 1875 as a Presbyterian ministry, Thornwell is a joyful Christian community offering hope and wholeness to children and families. Thornwell is an independent, non-profit organization in covenant relationship with the Synod of the South Atlantic of the PC(USA) and its sixteen member presbyteries in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
The New Church Development Commission
The New Church Development Commission is a nonprofit established through the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta to strengthen Christ’s church by catalyzing the development of diverse new churches as they call, nurture, and equip disciples of every nation. Shallowford provides financial and hands-on support to new churches under the care of the Commission. In 2013, Shallowford members collaborated with local sister churches to renovate, clean and furnish the facilities of Shalom International Ministry, which reaches out to provide physical and spiritual welcome, care and teaching to the numerous refugee and immigrant families in Clarkston, Georgia.