OPPORTUNITIES IN JUSTICE & ADVOCACY
- Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 2pm
- Location: Next to Grace, at 325 Washington St
The mission of Jubilee House is to provide assistance with daily living needs and support, promoting the dignity and respect of those experiencing homelessness, are marginally employed, or are low income citizens in the greater Grand Traverse area.
The following services are available to anyone in the community who expresses a need:
- Mail and Message Center: Patrons are allowed to receive mail or messages through Jubilee House. Mail can be picked up anytime Jubilee House is open.
- Local Phone Calls: Local phone calls can be made or received anytime Jubilee House is open.
- Laundry: One load of laundry may be washed and dried per day. Detergent is provided.
- Showers: Personal toilet kits are available for anyone desiring a hot shower.
- Computer Use: Computers with Internet access are available to patrons on site.
- Personal Storage Bins: Bins are available for those who are homeless and need a place to store their personal items in a secure location.
- Extreme Weather Emergency Location: During the harshest part of winter, Jubilee House may extend hours to provide a warm place for people to stay out of the elements.
Hygiene Pantry at Jubilee House
Grace partners with Love Thy Neighbor in this ministry, which is managed by volunteers at Jubilee House. The Hygiene Pantry helps the underemployed and homeless acquire personal items that can’t be purchased with their Bridge Cards. The pantry is restocked monthly with funds from Love Thy Neighbor, donations from Grace parishioners, and others with a heartfelt desire to help people in need.
The Pantry stocks items such as toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish detergent, all-purpose cleaner, scouring powder, shampoo, razor blades, shave cream, tooth brushes and paste, dental floss, sanitary napkins and tampons.
The mission of the Food Pantry is to serve the needy by providing basic food for the hungry and responding to emergencies of those with inadequate resources.
We provide a three-day basic emergency food supply to those requesting our services. All children of clients receive a snack bag with five healthy snacks in it.
- CALL Monday and Friday between 9am and 11:30am to reserve a shopping time.
- OPEN Monday and Friday from 12pm(noon) to 2pm.
- Allow at least 15 minutes for shopping.
- Located in the brown building off the alley parking lot (behind Grace Episcopal Church).
In 1976, Grace established the first food storage program in Traverse City, which was called The Pantry Shelf and was directed by Grace members Fern and Ralph Orcutt. This evolved into Grace’s Food Pantry.
PoWeR! Book Bags at the Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is partnering with PoWeR! Book Bags, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to bring literacy to children in need. P is for play, W is for write, and R is for Read. The mission is two-fold: to increase the number of literacy experiences children have and to expand the quantity of books that they own.
When children come to the pantry, they select a handcrafted book bag containing writing supplies. The children then select a few books to go into their bag. Each time they return to the pantry, they select more books and writing supplies.
Donated books can be placed in basket in the coat room of Grace Episcopal Church, or dropped off at the Food Pantry during OPEN hours.
Healthy, well-balanced meals are provided, free of charge, for those in need. Community Lunch typically serves 40 to 60 people.
- Fridays at Noon
- Sundays at 1pm
- Lunch is served in the parish hall. Entrance is at the side door next to Jubilee House.
In 1991, Grace member Chris Black initiated community lunches at Grace on Fridays. She served eighteen guests. This is believed to be the first such offering in Traverse City, and now several churches serve community meals.
Other churches in Traverse City provide free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. See this schedule for a full list.
Safe Harbor is a ministry to the homeless that assists with overnight shelter and meals. The shelter is located at 517 Wellington Street here in Traverse City. It operates from November to April, seven days a week.
Grace is one of the participating churches that provides volunteer staff for Safe Harbor. We typically provide volunteers for one or two weeks during the season.
Teams from Grace:
• Donate the food for meals and snacks
• Prepare, cook, and serve a healthy dinner, and cleanup afterward at the Safe Harbor location.
• Volunteer for overnight duty at the Safe Harbor location.
If you need immediate assistance, contact the Homeless Response Hotline at 844-900-0500.
EPF - Episcopal Peace Fellowship
- Meeting time: We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 pm at Jubilee House.
Grace is a registered Peace Partner Congregation with the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, a national organization connecting all who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence.
EPF is committed to praying, studying, and taking action for peace and justice in our church, our community, and the world.
We work on a variety of projects:
- Studying and action on immigration/refugee issues locally and nationally
- Represent EPF on local peace and justice committees
- Serve as the sole EPF chapter in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
The first CROP Hunger Walk in Traverse City was held in 1981, and Fr. Tom Stoll, Grace’s priest at that time, was the coordinator.
Helen Hankins and Nancy Flowers are co-coordinators of Grace’s participation in the annual CROP Hunger Walk here in Traverse City.
We read about it in the Hebrew scriptures and we see Jesus living it out in the Gospels. It’s our mission, now, as the body of Christ.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called the Episcopal Church to focus on three justice priorities in our mission. Our diocese is taking these priorities to heart in these ways:
- Racial Reconciliation—Our diocese has created a Dismantling Racism Commission to facilitate conversations here in Western Michigan.
- Creation Care—Our diocese has Plainsong Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture farm and ministry located in Rockford, Michigan.
- Evangelism—Our diocese is collaborating with the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan in new ways of communicating God’s good news.
Here at Grace, we’re actively involved in justice and advocacy work, too. Here’s a sampling of some of our ministries.
- In 1976, Grace established the first food storage program in Traverse City, which was called The Pantry Shelf and was directed by Fern and Ralph Orcutt. This evolved into Grace’s Food Pantry, which currently offers a variety of emergency food options for those in need.
- In 1977, Grace’s rector, The Rev. Tom Stoll, his wife Sterling, and others were responsible for the beginnings of hospice care in Traverse City. The triggering event was the terminal illness of Helen Furman who did not want to stay in the hospital to finish her days. She and her husband Pete were members of Grace and owners of the Ben Franklin store on Eighth Street.
- The first CROP Walk in Traverse City was held in 1981, and Fr. Tom Stoll was the coordinator. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service, a national organization, and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
- In 1991, Chris Black initiated community lunches at Grace on Fridays. She served eighteen guests. This is believed to be the first such offering in Traverse City, and now several churches serve community meals. Grace continues to serve lunches every Friday.
- In 2006, Jubilee House was opened after research showed that there were still many unmet needs in our community. We discovered that a daytime shelter that could provide hot showers and free laundry was needed. Today, an average of 45 people come to Jubilee House seeking help for their daily needs.