Grace Trust - Jersey
About Grace Trust Jersey
Established in 1999, Grace Trust is a Jersey registered Charitable Trust, embracing Christian principles and providing both practical and personal help to some of the most vulnerable and needy in the Island.
Grace Trust was set up by its founder Lucy Lutara. Lucy, a dedicated Christian who had a vision of Christians in Jersey working together and helping those in need in a practical and giving way, saw the vision become reality.
To facilitate care for the poor in Jersey. It works to bring help to those in need; love and healing to the hurting and sick; comfort to the distressed; hope to the homeless and addicted; and salvation and direction to the lost.
It seeks to achieve this by running its own projects as well as working closely with existing agencies.
What we do
Love and care for Jersey’s needy - Providing Personal and Practical help
• Help to the needy
• Love & healing to the hurting & sick
• Comfort to the distressed
• Hope to the homeless & addicted
• Salvation & direction to the lost
These are held every Saturday at 1 pm at St Pauls Church in New Street.
We normally expect around 50 to 60 people, many of whom we come into contact with during the week, and usually increasing in numbers during the winter months.
The aim of these lunches is to provide a healthy meal for the homeless, addicted, lonely and depressed. Perhaps more importantly, those involved in the lunches aim to provide a forum of love and care and a listening ear. Practical help when possible, and an opportunity for prayer are offered each week.
The Saturday Lunches are a great time of friendship for all those we seek to help.
The food for the lunches is purchased, cooked and served by teams of volunteers and although mainly financed by Grace Trust at times it may be donated. The volunteers are from widely different sectors of society, churches, corporates and youth groups. It is important to remember that the volunteers are the heart-beat of any charity. We always need them, and we are so appreciative of all that they do.
Emergency Food bank:
As in the UK, demand from the poor and needy on food banks has risen considerably in recent times. Increasing hardship amongst Islanders has meant many more seeking charitable assistance to put basic food stuffs on the table.
Islanders can help Grace Trust Jersey to meet this demand by contributing to the food basket scheme. Our baskets are in schools, office canteens and kitchens, supermarkets, Parish Halls and places of worship. There is always room for expansion, so please sign up!
Monthly Grocery Delivery
We deliver to families across the Island. This is a once a month project which provides around 60 families and individuals with a good supply of items to help them get by. It also gives us an opportunity to meet and chat a little with those we seek to help, some of whom are referred to us by CAB, The Bridge, Brighter Futures, Social Services and Social Security.
Whilst some have been on our list for some time others come on for just a short while which gives them just enough support to enable them to get back on their feet.
One of our larger projects has been running for 8 years and involves around 30 volunteers. We network in this initiative mostly with the St Clements Support Group.
Household Goods Distribution
This is a collection and delivery service of quality items of donated furniture to individuals and families on low incomes and particularly helpful to those wishing to re- house after The Shelter, Womens Refuge and La Moye Prison.
The van is driven and manned by volunteers who work hard to provide this much needed service and provides our drivers and loaders with an opportunity to spend time out of town, meeting and talking to many different people from various backgrounds along the way.
In addition, this gives our volunteers focus and a way of getting back into the workplace, especially when seeking and applying for paid employment. We generally utilise the van a couple of mornings per week, which usually coincides with an essential cup of tea somewhere along the road!
Our base is 3, Daisy Villas, Lewis Street, St Helier. Happy faces, Boiling kettles, lots of laughs, lots of tears, hardship and fears, no promises, but guaranteed hope.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Grace Trust Jersey
PO Box 15
- JE4 9NG