“To provide a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment in which to enhance the emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual lives of the
children of St. Paul’s parish and those residing in nearby neighborhoods to help them and their family’s grow into their potential as servants of God’s will and citizens of the world.”
In the fall of 2000, when some children in the neighborhood around St. Paul’s Episcopal Church began to show up at the church after school for a safe haven, some help with homework, and perhaps a snack. The children were mostly Haitian-American, and the need for an After-School Program was identified.
Today, approximately 25-30 children arrive at Paul’s Place After-School and stay from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., during which they have a nutritional snack, complete their homework, work on the Computer, or participate in organized recreational play. We serve them a family-style meal in the early evening. We offer Enrichment Programs in Art, music, and partner with several organizations to provide our children and young people with swimming, tennis, and The Sandoway Discovery Center. At Paul’s Place, we provide a full range of services to our children and families; we help with social services, medical appointments, transportation needs, clothing, food, etc. We also provide a Summer Enrichment Program for our Middle and High School students.
The Robert M. (Stretch) Gardiner Memorial Golf Tournament held each March at The Little Club in Gulf Stream, Florida.
The Christmas Program and Dinner held in December each year provides the children an opportunity to share their many talents and receive a Christmas gift basket.
Our Volunteers are the ‘backbone’ of Paul’s Place, and they help in many ways: