Helping all who come to our doors

St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry: Helping all who come to our doors, including asylum seekers new to Maine

St. Alban’s volunteers serve the first Tuesday of the month at St. Elizabeth’s. There were 238 people that lined up at the Essentials Pantry our last day in search of basic items that many of us take for granted.

Donations have been flowing in and many hands have been sorting, organizing, and giving them out to those in need.  For the summer, volunteers are sorting on Monday mornings 9-11 am at the Cathedral to set up for St. Elizabeth’s to open the following day. If you are interested in helping on a Monday, please contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann directly.  St. Elizabeth’s has expanded its hours to be open 9-11 am on Tuesdays this summer to help meet the need of the increasing number of people coming to St. Elizabeth’s for daily essentials.

A special thanks to those who contributed, on very short notice, to a request from St. Elizabeth’s and the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC) for long sleeve tee shirts and sweat pants for children asylum seekers participating in recreational activities at the ice rink at the Portland Expo. MIRC has been assisting and organizing the daily operations for asylum seekers at the Expo. St. Elizabeth’s organized a drive to meet this request, and the eight sponsoring parishes responded. Thank you for your contributions! In the last few weeks, St. Elizabeth’s has helped provide children’s clothing and baby bottles to those at the Expo as well as promoting and supporting a baby food drive by the St. Luke’s Food Pantry, all requests through MIRC. The baby food drive collected approximately 2,000 jars of food in just 1.5 hours. This far exceeded the original goal of 300 jars. Thank you to those who responded with such generosity!

St. Elizabeth’s will continue to serve all who come through its doors on Tuesdays, which includes many new faces each week.


Household items:  large cooking pasta pots, place settings (large and small plates, soup bowls, mugs,  spoons, forks, and knives) No kitchen knives or glassware, please. Sheets and blankets (labeled with size) are also needed.


Babies and children:  strollers (no car seats), shoes, children’s books and dictionaries for children and youth


Everybody: single toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar body soap, deodorant, shampoo and French and Portugese dictionaries.


It would be very helpful to our volunteers if you would label your donations and put them in bags, i.e. “boys summer shirts,” “women’s shoes,” “twin sheet set,” etc.

If you have questions about St. Elizabeth’s, please speak with Janet Gordon (who coordinates the Tuesday volunteers and the transportation of donations), Laura Tennenhouse (St. Alban’s board member), or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann (the Executive Director of St. Elizabeth’s).


Obrigado   Merci   Gracias   Shukraan   Thanks!

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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
885 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-4014