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In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

For all people in their daily life and work;
     For our families, friends, & neighbors, and for
     those who are alone.

For this community, the nation, and the world;
     For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
 
For the just and proper use of your creation;
     For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and        
     oppression.

​​For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
     For those who minister to the sick, the friendless,
     and the needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
     For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek
​     the Truth.

For all bishops and other ministers;
     For all who serve God in his Church.

​Hear us Lord.
     For your mercy is great.

St. Margaret’s Outreach began in 1991 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Carrollton, Georgia at the hand of the late Father James Callahan.  

Inspired by the church’s matron saint, Margaret, Queen of Scots, and her compassion for the poor, Father Callahan hired the late Barry M. Staples, attorney, community activist and schoolteacher, to design and implement a ministry of compassion to the local poor.  

During the years since its inception, the program has expanded beyond the boundaries of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church into the community.  In 1995, the National Episcopal Church designated St. Margaret’s Outreach a Jubilee Center, that is, an exemplary ministry to the poor.  Over the years, numerous alliances and partnerships have been forged throughout the area, fostering a working philosophy of “collaborative ministry.”  These alliances and partnerships include religious and secular organizations, private and governmental bodies, individuals, families and groups.  

​The mission of the current St. Margaret’s Community Outreach (SMCO) remains consistent with the mission of the original organization:  to serve the unmet needs of poor and disadvantaged families and individuals in Carroll County and beyond, without discrimination as to race, religion, color, creed or national origin, and to provide those families and individuals opportunities which will enable them to address and overcome the causes of poverty and distress in their lives.

​SMCO’s “collaborative ministry” philosophy is perhaps best illustrated by its 2015 partnership with the Community Foundation of West Georgia to launch Circles of West Georgia.  Circles’ mission is to inspire and equip families and communities to thrive and end poverty.  Following SMCO’s efforts to secure tax-exempt organization status for Circles of West Georgia, Inc. and its coordination of the introduction of Circles into the local community, SMCO remains a Community Partner to Circles, helping to identify and prepare families and individuals for participation in Circles of West Georgia.SMCO pursues the organization’s mission of “providing for the unmet needs of the poor and disadvantaged” through a number of programs and services ranging from providing emergency assistance with basic needs to educational and accountability-building programs for both children and adults.  SMCO also frequently participates in and/or administers charitable programs for other entities.  (Examples include preparation and delivery of weekend snack bags for elementary school students and coordination of holiday gift collection/distribution.)

Funding for SMCO comes primarily from private individual and corporate monetary gifts and in-kind donations. Community organizations and civic clubs also regularly contribute.  Additional funding comes from grants and fundraisers. Contributions are tax-deductible and go directly into its programs and services, or as directed, toward SMCO Endowment funding.  This Endowment, when fully funded, will provide a minimum level of core funding on a monthly basis, enabling the continued pursuit of the organization’s mission for generations to come. 

SMCO continues to operate as a ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and is headquartered in the Callahan Center on the campus of St. Margaret’s. St. Margaret’s Vestry serves as the Board of Directors for SMCO.  The Outreach Director, employed by St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, serves as Administrator for St. Margaret’s Community Outreach. Volunteers from St. Margaret’s and the community assist with all programs of SMCO.  Student internship opportunities are sometimes available. 

Since its beginning, SMCO has made itself available for consultation and modeling to other human service, education, and empowerment programs, assisting in the development and refinement of other community programs seeking to effectively serve at-risk populations.  SMCO has been recognized repeatedly for its bold leadership in the design and delivery of programs and services.

Those of us who are warm and dry and safe and well-fed must show up for those who are cold and wet and endangered and hungry. That's a rule of life.  Every ethical and religious and spiritual tradition in the world agrees on that rule.  
      Elizabeth Gilbert