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Finding help in Stafford

In today’s paper, we ran a story about a clothing giveaway at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in north Stafford. The event is notable for two reasons: 1. It’s really big; more than 1,000 people come to get free clothes each year. And 2. There aren’t as many resources for struggling people in Stafford. Many services are focused in the city of Fredericksburg for a variety of reasons. But for people in Stafford who do need help, here are a few resources:

  1. Aquia’s Table: This free community meal takes place every Wednesday evening at Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford, 6-8 p.m. Have questions? Email
  2. The Hope Center: This new facility, just opened by Hope Chapel, offers free clothes and the AngelFood program, where anyone can order food for $30; enough to feed a family of four for a week (people who use it tell me this is true even if your family includes teenage boys). It’s open 1-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s at 32 Bell Hills Road, off U.S. 1 in Stafford. For details, call 540/720-3663.
  3. SERVE: Near the courthouse in Stafford, this ministry offers food and financial assistance. It’s open Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m. For details, call 540/288-9603.

And of course, if you’re looking for an opportunity to volunteer, get in touch with any of the above groups.