Careworks Food Pantry is MOVING!! Tuesday, June 25 will be the LAST DAY at Pottle Street.

Careworks Food Pantry – NEW LOCATION

The Vineyard Church, 8 Hilltop Avenue, Kingston.

Opening Monday, July 15th, 5-8 pm


Careworks IS NOT accepting clothing donations at this time. Please bring to Planet Aid Box by Chinese Food Place in Kingston. They pay us per pound for all donations to them. We are still accepting food and household items.

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.

Careworks provides:

Emergency food assistance
Clothing and household goods
Emergency financial assistance (when available)
Referrals for social services

Help Wanted:

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


Careworks Volunteers:

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 of each month at 7:30 am and consists of 4000 lbs.  This food delivery is in the morning and varies  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 take about an hour.  If you can help, please call Careworks at 781-585-6897.

Careworks Needs:

Our food pantry needs non-perishable food, paper products, cleaning supplies, toiletry items, and household items. Please note: We do not accept out-of-date food. We accept food donations during our hours of operation. Some 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.

2023 CAREWORKS 2023

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 donations to maintain this evangelism ministry. We are completely run by awesome 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, etc.

Careworks has been helping families in need since 1990. Karenne Buss and her team started this ministry out of the trunk of her car. then she teamed up with Don and the Vineyard, rented the building at 41 Pottle Street in the late 90s, and Careworks was birthed. Many families have been blessed throughout these years because of this ministry.

Unfortunately, we just received word from our awesome landlord, Phil Tarentino, that he will be selling the building and we need to be out of Pottle Street by the end of June. We need a new building and are actively seeking one. With the going rate for space, we will not be able to afford to rent a space big enough to do the clothing ministry. We hope to keep the food pantry up and running.

We are interested in two places. One in Kingston that is very reasonably priced, but would need cleaning up and some technical issues overcome. This would take some time, energy, and money to accomplish.  We would need a lot of help from the body. This is a great spot with lots of potential in Kingston. The second place is in North Plymouth. A nice space, much smaller than Kingston, move-in-ready but with the current giving…unaffordable! Prayer is needed to keep this important, life-changing, ministry happening. Many families depend on us to keep their families fed.

In 2023, we served 2265 families from Plymouth, Kingston, and surrounding communities.  This is 517 more families than in 2022 and over 1000 more families than in 2021. These 2265 families represent 3882 adults, 2563 children, and 419 seniors for a total of 6864 people blessed by your giving.  We distributed 9768 bags of food and 2506 bags of clothing.

We received and distributed over 4000 lbs. of food every month from GBFB, Cumberland Farms, Roche Brothers, Food Drives, and Plymouth Food Bank. Due to the rising costs of everything, we see more new families each week that are in need of assistance. Our families are hardworking people, disabled or seniors living on a fixed SS income. Most do not qualify for food stamps. Some have experienced unexpected illness or injury that prevents them from working. Reports show that 33% of Eastern Massachusetts adults are food insecure. One in eight residents of Eastern Massachusetts struggles to afford healthy meals on a regular basis. Careworks is a lifeline for our community. 

For many of our clients, we are the only church they know!! Our clients come in need of food and clothing but more than that, they need to experience God. 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 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 seeing 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 the Careworks Box. THANK YOU for every donation made on our website THANK YOU for every piece of gently used clothing… etc. that is put in the bin in the coat closet. THANK YOU awesome volunteers! THANK YOU for your prayers for this ministry. We cannot do it without YOU!!… There are many families blessed because of you!  Thank You, His Servants, John and Karen Hernandez


2023 CAREWORKS Report 2023

How Can YOU Give?

      We need people to partner with us in supporting Careworks.  We are totally dependent on donations to maintain your food pantry and resource center. There are a few ways you can give. You can go to, click on Give Online on the right, click on Gift to Careworks, fill out the amount, choose monthly donation or one-time gift, and choose to pay by PayPal, debit, or credit card. You can go through your online banking account and set up an automatic donation or you can put your donation into the donation box on the table on Sunday. Every penny donated goes to providing assistance to the poor. We are completely run by a team of awesome volunteers. Please pray about how you can partner with God’s plan for Careworks. You can’t out-give God!

Where Does The Money Go?

The total Donations for 2023 were $20,813.  Our Expenses for 2023 were Rent $14,550, Electric $2,230, Phone $360, Heat $1,365, Supplies $65 for a total of $18,570.    

      We blessed people with financial help. $2,193 for rent, $338 for car repairs, $736 for electric, for a total of $3,267. Total expenses for 2023 were $21,837. We would like to be able to help more.

     We blessed Families at Christmas with gift cards, over 35 gift items for the children, and a beautiful Christmas Blessing Dinner party hosted by our Brazilian Church. There were many happy children. Thank You Church! 

Would you like to be part of the Vision for Careworks Future?

     We need a building. In order to get into a new building, we need to have people who will commit to partnering with us financially on a monthly basis.  Is that YOU? We need people who can help with the move. Is that YOU? There is grant money available for this BUT we need people who can apply for the grants. Is that YOU? We need people who would like to be part of our volunteer team Is that YOU? We need people to pray for this Community Assistance and Resource Evangelism Ministry. Is that YOU? If you feel like God is poking your heart to be a part of what He is doing in this ministry for the poor, please contact John or Karen Hernandez. God Bless You!