Some of Our Charities
Epiphany Cathedral Parish is the home parish of Council 7052. The parish was established in 1935, the school in 1959, and the parish was elevated to cathedral status in 1984 with the erection of the Diocese of Venice.
Council 7052 is actively involved in fundraising for Epiphany Cathedral School. Our Lenten Fish Fry is dedicated specifically to school scholarships, and we also donate other funds throughout the year.
Family Promise of South Sarasota County’s (FPSSC) mission is to provide housing support to children and their families in South Sarasota County. Our vision is to provide comprehensive services to ensure children and their families achieve lasting self-sufficiency. FPSSC assists 120-150 families a year in creating stable housing for their children and 90% of the families remain stably housed after 1 year and beyond.
FPSSC’s Bridge Housing Program provides Up to 3 months of shelter in host facilities with meals included and case management with a focus on financial education and management. FPSSC’s Open Doors Program provides: Past Due Rent Assistance, Housing Financial Assistance, Partial Move-in Costs, and Case Management with a focus on financial education and management.
Guadalupe Epiphany Mission (GEM) provides food & clothing for distribution through Catholic Social Services at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Immokalee, Florida. GEM serves the poorest of the poor: migrant workers and their families who toil in the fruit and vegetable fields of South Florida.
GEM is currently in its 9th year of operation, and will complete distribution of over a half million dollars of support before reaching its 10-year anniversary. Approximately 1,500 parishioners respond four times a year in this collection process, bringing bags of groceries and clothing while an average of 40-45 parishioners actively engage in the collection process. Many parishioners give cash and checks as well. Absolutely everything collected - 100% - is handed over to Catholic Social Services at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota’s goal is to build safe, affordable, energy efficient homes for those in need in south Sarasota County. Habitat partners families with community volunteers for a required 300 "sweat equity" hours. They must attend homeowner classes and a HUD certified "First Time Homebuyer Workshop". Habitat educates our homeowners so that they may succeed in homeownership and pass their newly acquired knowledge onto their children. These are substantial benefits for those individuals and particularly positive for the next generation.
InStride provides equine-assisted activities and therapies that benefit the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of our clients. These include equine-assisted learning, physical/occupational/speech therapies, theraputic/adaptive riding and employment skill building, among others.
Established in 1962, Loveland Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live their lives to the fullest.
Loveland serves more than 450 individuals throughout Sarasota, Charlotte, and Manatee Counties through programs that equip individuals with skills that will improve their daily lives, build confidence, and increase a greater sense of independence.
The Mercy House is an nondenominational, temporary emergency shelter serving families and individuals of the Greater Venice Area in crisis situations. The ministry is managed by Epiphany Cathedral.
For further information, please contact the Cathedral through their website or by phone.
Our Mother's House is a non-profit, non-denominational residential housing program offered by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.
Our Mission is to provide single mothers and their young child(ren) a safe and secure environment in which to achieve self-sufficiency through education, vocational training and personal growth. Priority is given to mothers who are currently homeless or in another shelter.
Applications are accepted without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.
Senior Friendship Centers is a nonprofit organization serving older adults in four counties in Southwest Florida.
They provide over a half million individual “units of service” to older adults: medical and dental services, caregiving, meals, exercise classes, lifelong learning, economic assistance, and socialization.
St. Mary Academy was founded in 2000 in Sarasota, FL. It aspires to provide a safe environment, rooted in Catholic teachings, for children with special learning needs, while nurturing spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and physical potential to help cultivate lifelong stewards of Christ.
With nearly 20 years of excellence in exceptional education, St. Mary Academy empowers students in grades K-8. In a place they are free to learn in the way they do best, a strong foundation for future success begins.
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
VAPCC is an all-volunteer non-profit providing children’s necessities free of charge to south Sarasota County families having proof of residency. Newborns receive infant car seats, crib/bassinets, layettes. Children age 4 and under, receive one package of diapers, to size 5, every four weeks and gently used clothing to size 5T.