The Caswell Parish’s outreach impacts all and is a grateful support for the community at large. The Caswell County Parish began in 1975 as a cooperative ministry combining the resources of local churches to meet the needs of citizens who are in need of assistance. Today, the Parish’s outreach has assisted thousands of people in the pandemic and continues to sponsor many programs despite the woes. “We haven’t missed a day without serving people, says Nell Page, Volunteer/ Co-Director for the Caswell Parish for many years.
The Caswell Parish’s enthusiasm and passion for people is witnessing over the many years of service. The Parish’s engagement with projects, fundraisers, fashion shows and give-a-ways food are done out of love and compassion for all mankind.
The commandment made it perfectly clear: love your neighbor exactly as you love yourself. No more and no less. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself,” says Jane Thompson, Volunteer/Co-Director for the Caswell Parish.
According to Thompson, the main goal of the volunteer co-directors has been to restore financial stability to Caswell Parish, so that it will be able to continue to provide assistance to those who need it in the county. The Parish is very pleased that this goal is being met. With help from funding provided by the Ashby Award and Cannon Foundation, they are going to be able to expand the facility!
The Parish continuous to offer a number of programs to assist people in crisis on all levels. These programs include:
*The Emergency Food Distribution Programs –provides for 600-900 people each month. Anyone needing food, whether it is supplemental or have an empty pantry at home may call the Parrish for assistance. (336-694-6428)
*The BackPack Program- provides meals for school children who are food insecure and is on-going for the 2022-2023 school year. In other great news, the Parish will be a distribution site for the Six Book Summer Initiative. In an effort to combat the loss of reading skills over the summer, children will be able to receive six free books!
*Emergency Utility Assistance-provides funding assistance through donations and grants. Resources may be available for people in danger of losing electricity and heating resources.
*The Christmas Cheer provides assistance for children with gifts at Christmas time, who may not receive anything on this special day. Parents must apply in October and/or early in November.
*Catastrophic Event- provides assistance in the form of food, clothing and household items to those suffering displacement due to family domestic violence and other severe events.
“There are many rewards working here at the Parish. Some of the ones that stand out for me are seeing the impacts we have on those who are in need. We are not “fixing” the problem with food insecurities, but we do provide some relief for those in need. Another reward for me, I would say is about all of the amazing people we get to meet who come in and shop the thrift store. Thanks for making our day.”
There is definitely a sense of being part of the community here,” says Teresa Wilcox, Administrative Assistant for the Caswell Parish.
According to Page and Thompson, those wishing to help the Parish carry out its mission may donate their time. More volunteers are needed. Volunteers are the core of the Parish. There is no way there would even be a Caswell Parish without financial support from churches and the community and also without the volunteers who do an endless list of tasks – sorting donations, working on store displays, packing food boxes, transporting food, picking up food from Food Lion, taking cardboard to recycling, emptying garbage, helping donors unload store contributions, loading food for clients, fundraising, and hosting food drives.
Caswell Parish Two Hearts Thrift store is operated by Mary Glenn, who is a dedicated employee and a wonderful asset to the Parrish. Glenn has a beautiful voice and spirit, sharing her love and talents with everyone she meets. The Two Hearts Thrift Store is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with a 15% senior discount on Wednesdays, from the hours of 10 AM to 4:00 PM. The Food Pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 3:00 PM.
You are invited to come, start a conversation, and browse at the store. Treasures are found within. No one in need is ever turned away. The idea of helping others not only brightens your day but others as well.
The Caswell Parish thanks everyone for their support over the years with extended blessings to all!