Our Mission Statement
Realizing that people can be impoverished physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and culturally, as well as just from lack of money, the Isaiah 58 Ministry's mission is to address these needs by providing not only food, but an environment of care, love, support, and safety to those who come through our doors. This ministry also relies on its faith in a loving and caring God to help us carry out this mission.
St. Paul's Church lies in the heart of downtown Willimantic, an industrial city in Connecticut's relatively poor Northeastern region. Through the Isaiah 58 Ministry, the community addresses the local problem of urban poverty, the closing of industry, and a critical shortage of housing. Isaiah 58 also assists the large number of de-institutionalized individuals who are struggling to survive in the city. Operation of the ministry's program - The Covenant Soup Kitchen, the "Client Choice" Emergency Food Pantry, Sunday Bag Lunch, and the Care and Advocacy programs - depends on donations, volunteers, and community support. Covenant Soup Kitchen has a governing board consisting of members of the community and representatives from Saint Paul's Church. The staff consists of three full-time employees.