CARITAS was organized in the early 1980's to respond to the huge unmet need for emergency shelter for homeless adults in the cold winter months. With its name derived from the Latin word for charity, today CARITAS is the largest emergency shelter program in our community. Once a year our congregation hosts CARITAS in the Christian Family Life Center. Volunteers help with meals, visit with our guests, do laundry, and provide overnight supervision.

CARITAS helps our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of addiction and homelessness to reclaim their dignity.

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CCHASM (Chesterfield Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministries)

For over 21 years, CCHASM has served as a non-profit organization seeking to serve those individuals and families in Chesterfield-Colonial Heights who have found themselves in an economic crisis.  Their mission is to provide food, financial assistance, and career clothing to area residents who have experienced or are experiencing an emergency situation which threatens their survival needs.  Those assisted by CCHASM are area residents, individuals, and families who, for various reasons (loss of jobs, medical emergencies, loss of the primary income member, recent disability), are experiencing an acute economic crisis, which threatens their basic survival needs.

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School Partnerships

Hopkins Elementary

Mt. Pisgah has a partnership with Hopkins Elementary School where some of our members volunteer to tutor students or assist in the classroom.  At Christmas we also provide angel gifts.  Hopkins is a Title One school where the majority of students receive free or reduced cost lunches; most of the families are the working poor.  We have recently added another exciting opportunity to work with Hopkins through the Backpack Ministry.  Small groups, Sunday School classes, and groups of families or individuals adopted an eligible student during the school year to provide weekend food for the student.   The estimated food cost for one student during the school year is approximately $325 and many of the backpack items can be purchased in bulk.   If you have any questions or would like to adopt a student, please call Elizabeth Farrell (897-0091) or Kathy Epperson (794-6612). This is a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a student’s life.

Friends of the Homeless

Lunch is served with God's love every first Monday of the month (except if it falls on a holiday).  Members prepare, transport, and serve the meal at Bromfield CME Church in Richmond.

For more information visit our Friends of the Homeless page.

Habitat for Humanity

Mt. Pisgah partners with other congregations to help build a modest home for a low income family.  Members provide labor, funding, meals for the workers, and prayer.

Mt. Pisgah has most recently assisted in the completion of a house with Habitat for Humanity in Fluvanna for the Brent Hawkins Memorial Build.

Veteran Recognition

We host patients from McGuire’s spinal cord injury unit to a church-wide covered dish luncheon during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans every February.

Prison Ministries

Mt. Pisgah is involved with several prison ministries including Kairos and Epiphany.  We also host a monthly Bible study at Beaumont Juvenile Detention Center. 

To learn more about all of these opportunities to work in prison ministry please visit our Prison Ministries page.