Missions begin in our own backyard. Millbrook is integrally involved with local organizations that help meet the basic needs of neighbors right here in Wake County:
Ministries to Alleviate Hunger and Homelessness:
In partnership with the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Millbrook participates in the Backpack Buddies program with Millbrook Elementary School. Once a month, 38 backpacks of food are delivered to food insecure children. For more information on how you can participate, visit the Backpack Buddies table in the Fellowship Hall.
Because the Backpack Buddies program only runs September through May, Millbrookers also participate in a July canned food drive to help support the Food Pantry at Urban Ministries of Wake County.
Millbrook is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Each year, Millbrook participates in the Baptist Build with other Raleigh churches to provide a home for a local family. For the last five years, Millbrook has hosted several groups of college students each spring. These young people spend their spring breaks volunteering at Habitat sites around the area. Millbrook is also proud to be the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity in Wake County. The chapter housed its first offices in Millbrook’s education building.
Millbrook provides financial support to Urban Ministries of Wake County and Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network. These organizations help provide food, housing, crisis assistance and healthcare to individuals in need in the Wake County area.
Millbrook partners with Support Circle for Homeless Families (a division of Catholic Charities) to host
Jobs for Life Classes – an eight-week program for persons who are employed or underemployed in our community. Classes, which are held twice a week, use a Christ-centered curriculum to teach basic skills to individuals that will prepare them for work and life. In past years, Millbrook has also hosted support circles for local families transitioning into long-
term housing. Members of the support circle team offer support for these family in the form of prayer and encouragement.
Once a quarter, Millbrook works with Love Wins Ministries to provide breakfast at Oak City Outreach Center. Millbrookers gather early Saturday morning to prepare breakfast, deliver the meal, and visit with neighbors. For many years, the Heritage Sunday School Class has served dinner at the Helen Wright Center twice a year.
During Advent, Millbrook participates in the Warmth of Giving. Each Sunday of Advent, Millbrookers donate different items of warmth (socks, gloves, clothes, hats, etc). At the conclusion of the seasonal drive, collections are shared with Millbrook and Creech Road Elementary Schools, the Raleigh Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, Urban Ministries, Love
Wins, Haven House for Youth, and the Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Millbrook is associated with several bodies of local, autonomous Baptist churches:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina, the Alliance of Baptists, and the Raleigh Baptist Association. Each group allows Millbrook to help support local and global missionaries, partner in community service projects, take advantage of training resources, and belong to a larger Baptist fellowship.
Millbrook also supports Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM). Each February, Millbrook participates in Martha Stearns Marshall Sunday, an initiative to encourage the talents and gifts of women preachers. Millbrook has also been a host site for past BWIM annual gatherings.
Dorcas Sewing Ministries
The Dorcas Sewing Ministry provides an opportunity for fellowship while making quilts, turbans, children’s clothing and other garments for those in need. The group meets upstairs in room #216 of the education wing on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm. In 2015, Dorcas helped to organize the SOLE Hope gathering, delivered turbans, pillows and handbags to patients at the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, made children’s dresses, shirts and shorts that were distributed by the Honduras Mission team, and provided blankets for the Journey Partners mission team to Zimbabwe. In addition, Dorcas makes baby blankets that are presented to new babies at every child dedication service.
Wheels for Hope
Wheels4Hope is a faith-based, volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals by providing them reliable, affordable vehicles. Volunteers, partner congregations, agencies and businesses represent a variety of faith perspectives. The primary mission of Wheels4Hope is to sell Program Cars to qualified recipients who are referred by Partner Agencies. Program Cars are vehicles that are in sound mechanical condition and are valued in the $2,000-4,000 range. Believing in the principle of ownership and with a commitment to partnership, Wheels4Hope requires recipients to pay $500 for their car and be responsible for title and transfer fees. In the process of providing affordable cars, Wheels4Hope also stands behind each program car with a 6-month warranty.
Baptist Retirement Homes of North Carolina
Millbrook provides financial support to the Baptist Retirement Homes Foundation which provides benevolent care for North Carolina’s aging. Founded in 1951, Baptist Retirement Homes of North Carolina, Incorporated is one North Carolina’s most respected providers of long term care. With four retirement communities through the state, Baptist Retirement Homes provides all levels of care for Older Adults, including special programs for Older Adults with dementia-related disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease.