At St. John the Baptist, we make it a priority to serve the poor and underprivileged of our community. Learn more about several of the outreach ministries of our parish below.
Catholic Urban Project was started at St. John the Baptist in the summer of 2010, and its primary work is the formation of young Catholics for the new evangelization through service to the urban poor. During the seven week summer mission program, young adult missionaries from our own backyard as well as across the globe come to Ypsilanti to serve the poor, hungry, handicapped, isolated, and disenfranchised people of our area, all the while living in Catholic community with one another. If you are interested in learning more about Catholic Urban Project, volunteering, donating, or interested in serving as a missionary, check out our website at www.catholicurbanproject.org or contact the program director, Suzanne Abdalla, at the St. John parish office at 734-483-3360.
Schola Artium is a faith-based organization that employs a fine arts program to enrich the lives of students who may not otherwise have access to such opportunities. Schola Artium runs a free, after-school program at St. John the Baptist through the academic school year which provides instrumental music lessons, fine arts classes and other enrichment activities to the underprivileged students of Ypsilanti. Students involved in Schola Artium programs are also provided with a nurturing environment centered on student success, and are supported and mentored in their academic careers through personalized tutoring and academic enrichment programs. The volunteers who provide staffing for Schola Artium are often young adults or university students who have elected to give their time and talent to reach out to children in need of a caring, structured environment where they can achieve their greatest potential as students, members of a community, and children of God. During the summer, Schola Artium runs art camps that continue to offer instrumental music education and art enrichment to the youth of Ypsilanti. If you are interested in learning more about Schola Artium, volunteering, donating, or enrolling your child in the program, please visit our website at www.scholaartium.org or contact the program director, Stephanie Urban, and the St. John parish office at 734-483-3360.
The St. John the Baptist Food Pantry offers food to anyone in need every Thursday evening from 6:30 - 7:30 pm (except holidays). Proof of Washtenaw County residency and a photo ID is required for all attendees. The food pantry is always in need of donations, which can be dropped off at St. John during office hours, or over the weekend in the donation bins in the vestibule and gathering space of the church. Items currently needed the most include Hamburger Helper, noodle dishes, cereal and toiletries. If you are interested in volunteering with the food pantry, please contact Sarah Scholl at 734-417-7411 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach the St. John parish office at 734-483-3360.