Careworks is a ministry of caring and practical help that reaches out to people in need or those in financial crisis both in our church body and in our community.
Careworks operates the Vineyard Resource Center located at 41 Pottle Street in Kingston. The hours of operation are Mondays from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. If there is questionable weather, please call to see if we are open. We will not put our volunteers or our clients at risk driving.
Emergency food assistance
Clothing and household goods
Emergency financial assistance (when available)
Referrals for social services
People with a heart to reach out to the poor and those in need. We are always looking for men and women with genuine compassion and a vision to reach out to the poor.
Interested? Contact Karen Hernandez at 781-585-6897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mondays from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Vineyard Resource Center to stock our food pantry and minister to clients who come for assistance.
Food Pantry Help:
Careworks receives a food delivery from The Greater Boston Food Bank on the first Wednesday each month. This food delivery is in the morning and varies from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. We need help transporting the food order from Plymouth to our food pantry in Kingston. We also need help unloading the food boxes and also restocking the shelves. This does require lifting boxes that can weigh from 5 pounds up to 50 pounds. The unloading and restocking usually takes about an hour. If you can help, please call Careworks at 781-585-6897.
Our food pantry needs non-perishable food, paper products, cleaning supplies and toiletry items. Please note: We do not accept out of date food. We also need clothing for men, women and children, along with sheets, blankets and towels. We accept clothing in good to excellent condition and in current style. We accept food and clothing donations during our hours of operation. New items of clothing and household items will be used for our annual Christmas season giveaway where clients can choose new items either for themselves or to be given as a gift.
Community Assistance and Resource Evangelism Ministry
THANK YOU Church!
On behalf of the Careworks Ministry, I would like to THANK YOU Church, for your generous donations to your food pantry and resource center. We are solely dependent upon your donations to maintain this evangelism ministry. We are completely run by volunteers and every penny that is donated goes to providing people in our community with food, clothing and sometimes finances to prevent eviction, electric shut-offs, canceled insurance and to provide heat. There are so many families that are struggling just to make ends.
Careworks has been helping families in need since 1990. In 2018, we had 1140 people come through our doors, 80 of them were first time users at our pantry. These 1140 people are providing food for their households which consist of around 3000 adults, children and elderly from Plymouth, Kingston and surrounding communities. We distributed almost 8000 bags of food and over 1000 bags of clothing. With the rising costs of rent, utilities and groceries, and the lessening of food stamps, we see more new families each week that are in need of assistance. There are some families that must choose between paying bills and buying groceries. Most of our families are either living on fixed SS income or are hardworking single moms trying to make ends meet. Some have experienced unexpected illness or injury that prevents them from working and trying to receive disability is a long process. Reports show that one in nine residents of Eastern Massachusetts struggles to afford healthy meals on a regular basis.
Our clients come in need of food and clothing but more than that, they need to experience God. For many of our clients, we are the only church they know!! I believe that every person that comes through our doors was sent by God. It’s a God set up! HIS plan for their lives! We provide our clients with our testimonies of Jesus and prayer. We show them the love of Jesus. We bring the good news to the poor. We offer prayer to everybody who comes through our doors and most say, “Yes!” Some of our people come JUST for prayer! Praying gives us an opportunity to share Jesus and invite our God into their lives. Come Holy Spirit!!! Many have experienced physical manifestations of His presence as well as healings and have seen prayers answered. We have seen families become part of church families after experiencing God at Careworks.
The Careworks Ministry and its volunteers are pleased to serve our God and our community by providing food, clothing and His Kingdom come for these families in need. THANK YOU for every dollar you put into that striped collection bag. THANK YOU for every donation made on our website thevineyardkingston.tv. THANK YOU for every piece of gently used clothing… etc. that is put in the bin in the coat closet. THANK YOU for your prayers for this ministry. We cannot do it without YOU!!……There are many families blessed because of you!
What about Christmas?
Because of your great generosity, children in our community and their families were blessed with over 100 gift items and $1200 in gift cards. Each year I am overwhelmed with the Huge generosity and love in this season. I cannot share all of the many God moments but here’s one… We had a young girl, related to one of our church family, donate many new toys that we gave away at Careworks. Her birthday was in Dec., and instead of her friends buying her gifts, she had them purchase gifts that were donated to Careworks. Of course, God had a plan. Each of those toys were given to just the right desperate mom or grandma that had need of that gift for a child. Another God setup!
How else do we help people?
We also bless people with furniture, household items and clothes. We do not have a storage place for the furniture BUT if you have a piece of nice furniture you would like to donate….. let us know. We keep a book of furniture to be donated and furniture needed. God has a way of setting people up! I cannot count the number of times someone will call me with a piece of furniture they have and the next minute a person will walk in the door with the NEED for that item.
We also bless people with clothes and other household items. We love to bless our clients and their children with nice clothes. We appreciate your donations of gently used clothes that we hang on our many racks in our clothing boutique. We also have an area to put pots and pans, dishes, sheets, blankets, towels, books, etc. Some of our clients are just out of shelters or just cannot afford to buy these things so there is need for these items. God loves to give His best to His children.
Where does the money go?
Rent is $1100 per month $13,200 for the year
Heat $800 for the year
Phone $360 for the year
Food and toiletries $2054 for the year.
Total expenses to run Careworks, (41 Pottle St.) in 2018 $16,414.00
We also help people with their expenses when funds are available. In 2018 we assisted people with:
Rent or mortgage help $4265
Car help (payments or repairs) $1545
Schooling fees $100
Electric bills $1104
Total financial assistance given out $7624.00
Where does the food come from?
We buy most of our food from Greater Boston Food Banks. They deliver to Plymouth Food Bank on Obery Street once a month and we average around 2000lbs a month. GBFB receives grants from Federal and State funds so we are able to purchase food at a reduced rate, and many times for free. We also receive food donations from Panera, Roche Brothers, Cumberland Farms, and the Plymouth Food Bank weekly. The Plymouth Food Bank, part of South Shore Community Action Program, is the main supplier to all the food pantries, school programs and other local Feed the Hungry programs. If you donate a canned good to local food drives, that is where it goes to be distributed out. Plymouth Food Bank also receives donations from many other sources such as Trader Joes, Stop and Shop etc. Feeding the hungry is a huge operation filled with Gods love and generosity! Periodically, we receive food, toiletries and gift card donations from The 4H Club, Boy Scouts, St. Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Church, The Duxbury Book Club and people in our community and church. Last year Target gave us 100 $10 gift cards! We buy toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste etc.) from the Dollar Store monthly.
Where does the money come from?
Financially ….we are mostly dependent upon the church body but we have some organizations that contribute to us.
Last year, 2018
The Lions club gave us $2000 The Kiwanis Club gave us $1000
The South Shore Corvette Club gave us $250
What is the long term vision for CAREWORKS?
We would love to purchase our own building and be able to provide more assistance to more people. We have been praying and have received words of affirmation that this is God’s plan. This seems really BIG to me!!! When God first entrusted Careworks to us… We felt like He said, “We cannot out give HIM!” With our God, Nothing is impossible…Nothing is too BIG! We cannot do this alone…we need people who will partner with us financially and in prayer.
How Can YOU Help?
We need financial partners to come alongside us to fulfill this vision for your food pantry and resource center. We need your financial support. Would you be willing to partner with us in helping the poor on a weekly or monthly basis? An automatic deduction can be set up so that funds can come out of your checking account weekly or monthly. ALL contributions are tax deductible. As little as $10 a week can make a BIG difference in helping people. Please pray about what God is calling you to do.
We need prayer partners. Will you pray for your food pantry and resource center? Pray God’s will be done. Pray that people’s lives are changed and that people come to know Jesus Christ because of this ministry. Pray for financial blessing so that we can do all we have been called to do.
If you know of anyone who is in need of assistance, Careworks is located at 41 Pottle Street, Kingston. Our telephone number is 781-585-6897. We are open Monday Nights 5-8 pm and Tuesdays 10 am -1 pm. If you would like to visit your food pantry, please contact us to set up a time.
His servants, John and Karen Hernandez