Clothing Closet

The closet is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

To receive – We welcome you to come to the Mission once a week during our open hours. We ask that you limit the items you take to around 16, due to the amount of items we regularly have in our closet. While donations for the items you take are welcome, the majority of the items are free. Just a few items have a very small cost (only $1 to $2 dollars for premium items).

To donate – Bring your clothing or household items to the Mission during open hours. Please do not donate furniture or TVs of any size. There simply isn’t room for those items and oftentimes it results in longer volunteer hours and costs to haul them away. Thank you for your understanding! Tax write-off forms are available, for donations.

Food Pantry

To receive – Once a month, families may receive a box of food, free of charge, which usually contains enough food for a few days of groceries, depending on the size of the family. Families are able to shop our shelves for themselves in order to choose what they most need. Please visit the Mission during our open hours to shop for your food.

To donate – Please drop your food donations off to the Mission during open hours or call the Mission’s director and we’ll make arrangements.

Youth Programs

Olivet Neighborhood Mission partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids to offer programing for at-risk children, ages 5-13 years old.

Parish Nurse

Our parish nurse, Celeste, adds a loving touch to the community members of the Olivet Neighborhood Mission. She is a Registered Nurse from Mercy Hospital and is onsite at the Mission Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

To receive healthcare support and information, visit Celeste at her mobile nursing station at the Mission. You won’t miss her!

Community Gardens

We use our land as a source of sustainable nourishment to help provide fresh and healthy food pantry options. The gardens are used as a vehicle that teaches children and families to grow their own food and respect our natural environment.

To reserve a plotcontact the Mission. We start gardening early spring and go through the season.

Head Start

Head Start provides a comprehensive child development program for 3-to 5-year-old children from low-income families.

Olivet Mission supports both half day and full day classroom schedules during business hours.

Holiday Adoption Program

To receive– Families with children 15 and under, please sign-up in person at the Mission to be matched with a sponsoring family by November 2, 2015. Please bring each child’s social security card when you come to sign up.

To give Make donations of food and gifts through the Holiday Adoption program. You can adopt an individual or an entire family – for Thanksgiving, Christmas or both. Your participation means a great deal to the families who receive your generous donations. Please fill out our holiday gift pledge form (and call the Mission as a follow-up), or print and deliver it to the Mission by October 30, 2015.

Coats for Kids

To receive – Coats are available starting at our coat drive in October of every year. After the drive, coats are available upon request at the Mission.

To donate – We can never have too many coats! Coats, hats, mittens, scarves, boots, snow pants or any other warm weather clothing is accepted during open hours at the Mission. New and gently used items are accepted throughout the entire year.

SNAP

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

SHARE Iowa

SHARE Iowa, Inc. brings people together to build and strengthen community through volunteer service by providing access to good, nutritious food at affordable prices. They are committed to supporting local neighborhood host sites where all may participate, serve and lead with dignity.