An Outreach Ministry of Trinity United Methodist
Church, Las Vegas, NV
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The Society of St. Stephen is an outreach ministry initially
established in 2003. It recognizes an early Christian disciple who spearheaded efforts of
the struggling new church to take care of the temporal needs of its poorer members. Our
motto, "A Helping Hand Up, Not a Hand Out," serves as a guide for this ministry.
The work of Society of St. Stephen is two-fold: First, there is the Food Pantry, from
which food is distributed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Second, Helping Hand Up
enables clients to transition back to the work force and/or out of undesirable living
conditions. Through various resources, we have helped clients find employment, pay
necessary bills prior to receiving a first paycheck, or pay for transportation back home
or to another support system.
Our organization provides individuals and families just enough assistance to
facilitate "a helping hand" up from abysmal poverty. The clients, however, are
not given carte blanche; rather, they receive "just enough," which most often
consists of non-perishable groceries for three days and a referral for employment and/or
other services. Back-to-work programs are a high priority for Society of St. Stephen.
Restoring hope for individuals through gainful employment is essential for restoration of
an improved quality of life. The ultimate goal at St. Stephen is to offer an interview
process whereby individuals are given opportunities to explore possibilities and plot
courses of action in order to reclaim their independence from public assistance.
The food pantry is open:
10 am - 2 pm
Wednesdays 2 pm - 6 pm
|Excerpts of letter from Robyn S: "I heard about your Pantry
from a woman on the bus. I didn't know what to expect when I got here....You see, I'm
starting all over again. I had been backsliding. Now I'm in a program called Choices, and
God is blessing me in all areas of my life. Next month I need help to pay my rent, but I'm
going to put it in God's hands."
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