St Catherine's has a strong tradition of helping others. We strive to follow Christ's example by sharing our gifts with those in the local community and the world whom it is so easy to forget or neglect: the poor, the widowed, the oppressed and the destitute.
In 2011 we distributed our charitable giving to the following charities:
Schwäbische Tafel is a local food bank operation which provides provisions for those on low-incomes. This ecumenical project provides services to over 2000 people in the immediate Stuttgart area by offering grocery items at nominal costs. St Catherine's designates specific Sundays for the collection of goods to be donated to Schwäbische Tafel.
Café Strich Punkt
The Café Strich Punkt provides a safe place and counseling centre for young men facing problems of any kind. It especially offers support in coping with everyday life for male prostitutes, also known as "Stricher" in German, who live on the fringes of society to an even greater extent than female prostitutes. Their lives are marked by discrimination, contempt of the society at large, violence, neglect and often addiction problems. Between 300 and 600 young men engage in prostitution in Stuttgart. Most of them do it in order to earn enough to live on and/or support their drug addiction.
St Catherine's supports the Old Catholic Church and the AIDS-Hilfe organization in Stuttgart in their work caring for these young men in a spirit of Christian charity through both the Café Strich Punkt and through street work. Café Strich Punkt offers anonymous advice and support, a safe haven out of public view, free food and drink, cooking and washing facilities and accompaniment to welfare and other government and medical offices. The Café's purpose is to communicate to these young men that they are not alone, to promote tolerance of different lifestyles and most importantly to help them escape from prostitution. Intensive support is given on an individual basis regardless of race, religion, nationality or sexual identity.
For more information see Verein zur Förderung von Jugendlichen mit besonderen sozialen Schwierigkeiten e.V.
In December each year we hold a special toy service where children are encouraged to think of those less fortunate than themselves and bring a toy to donate to those less fortunate than themselves. Since 2010 these toys have been taken to a local SOS Kinderdorf.
Child Aid to Russian and the Republics
Child Aid works to transform the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.
Through short and long-term aid and development initiatives and in collaboration with established local Christian partners, they seek to improve the quality of life for abused, abandoned and neglected children from extremely poor families, orphans, and children with disabilities.
Ecumenical Project in Greece
Helping out Angican cousins from the Diocese in Europe's churches in Greece in their work to provide for the poor and needy in the on-going financial crisis in Greece.
Indian Widows' Fund
The Indian Widow's Project is spearheaded by Vindhya Prakash, the wife of the former Chaplain of St Catherine’s. One hundred percent of the money raised for this project goes directly to support a group of Indian Widows in Andhva Pradeh, India. Widows in India frequently suffer isolation, ostracism and rejection due to the persistence of the belief that the wife is in some way responsible for the demise of her husband.
The Indian Widows project currently supports 20 women and their 13 children, helping provide funds to support their development of an area of land next to their church where they live and work, providing some independence and stability in their lives.
Nets for Life: fighting malaria
Canon Andrew White's Baghdad Ministry - (FRRME)
International Red Cross Africa Emergency Fund