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Women of St. James’/Thrift Store

Thrift Store

For 50 years, the Women of St. James’ have staffed the St. James’ Thrift Shop in Skaneateles Village and helped the community in many ways. Local families with limited resources can find goods and clothing at low prices. Money earned from the sale of consigned and donated items supports charitable causes. Families in crisis receive free household goods and clothing. The Thrift Shop is located in the basement of the Masonic Temple on Genesee Street between State and Jordan streets. The hours are 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store’s phone number is 685-5060. Please stop by, shop, and support the Women of St. James’  and their ministry.
Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry

In 2001, seven local churches – First Presbyterian, Grace Chapel, Holy Trinity Lutheran, St. Andrews United Methodist, St. James’ Episcopal, St. Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic, and Skaneateles United Methodist – combined their food programs into one ecumenical food pantry to collect and distribute food to the needy of the Skaneateles area. The Pantry serves approximately 100 households each month, and provides special holiday distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The people of St. James’ provide weekly food donations, as well as volunteers who serve at the Pantry and on its board of directors.

Habitat for Humanity in Cayuga County

Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity provides low income housing for needy families in the Auburn area. Volunteers are always welcome to work on these homes. For more information, contact Kip Coerper at
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El Salvador

El Salvador Companion Diocese Committee

The joy of being part of the Companion Diocese ministry is almost impossible to describe.  The more we learn about our sisters and brothers in El Salvador the more we learn about love and hope.  The more we seek to give the more we receive.
A team of almost thirty medical, dental, and mental health professionals  and support people have traveled there each year and treated treated intestinal parasites, counseled in abusive situations, extracted teeth and gave dozens of other treatments.
Nine others – two clergy, one youth and six other adults – participated in a pilgrimage in February.  The day of Vacation Bible School for forty children in the poorest parish in the country was magic.  No one returns from these pilgrimages unchanged – many are compelled to go back or to compel others.
Several parishes are part of a scholarship ministry, providing small grants so children can finish school and even college.  Six hundred dollars a year or less enables a youth to pull themselves out of the grinding poverty that sentences most to lives of minimum wage – less than one dollar an hour.
No one is too poor to give, and no one is too rich to receive.


Habitat for Humanity
An Annual Mission Trip to work with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador is taken every year led by Kip Coerper ( These 1 week trips provide participants a great opportunity to get sweaty and dirty by joining a local Habitat affiliate in El Salvador build a house. The team forms a bond together and with the host family and the Habitat staff which blesses everyone. No construction experience is necessary. Ages 16 and 17 with a guardian or 18 and up are welcome to join the teams.