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Latino Ministries for the Eastern Shore

 

Dos Santos TutoringSignaling a clear commitment to the growth of Latino ministries in our diocese, the Diocese of Southern Virginia has called Angelica Garcia-Randle to a part-time, contracted position as Diocesan Missioner for Latino Ministries for the Eastern Shore. The move represents a critical step toward strengthening Latino ministries throughout the Diocese by capitalizing on efforts already underway on the Eastern Shore.

Garcia-Randle is Director of Dos Santos Food Pantry, a ministry of the churches of St. George’s Parish. Dos Santos (two saints) is a partner agency of the Foodbank of Southeast Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the only Spanish-speaking pantry in the region. The outreach serves a sizable migrant farmworker and Latino immigrant community by providing staple foods such as corn flour for tortillas, rice, beans, poultry and fresh vegetables, along with clothing and personal hygiene items. Dos Santos has expanded to include an organic community garden to help supply the pantry and a vibrant new tutoring program for children of Latino immigrant parents in two key Accomack County public elementary schools. A mobile version of the pantry also distributes food and other necessities in trailer parks and migrant camps.

Garcia-RandleIn her new diocesan role, Garcia-Randle will make available resources and information for parishes and parish leaders drawn to establishing or cultivating Latino ministries. This includes cultural education and information exchange across the diocese through workshops, site visits, etc. A seven-member Advisory Board for Episcopal Latino Ministries was recently formed to provide oversight and create benchmarks and goals for the venture.

 

Contact Angelica Garcia-Randle at agarcia-randle@diosova.org.

For more information on the work of this ministry, visit http://dossantosfoodpantry.org/.

 

WATCH VIDEO: Latino Ministries for the Eastern Shore

 

More resources for Latino Ministry can be found on our Congregational Development page.