The purpose of the Benevolence committee is to give financial aid to those smaller charities in close proximity to the Chapel that are well-managed and have proven effective in their Christian mission and have demonstrated a need for our support.

Our goal is to reach out and support these charities that are helping those in need of food, shelter, clothing, education, rehabilitation and health care.

We have provided funds for the following charities:

Caring Children/Clothing Children(4Cs) – clothing and literacy help for children of low-income families.
Christian Community Care Center – East Stuart dental clinic providing free care.
Dunbar – provides quality child care to at-risk children.
Dunklin Centre – substance-abuse rehabilitation and job-skills programs.
El Sol – connects workers with employers needing day labor and provides educational classes and a food pantry.
Gertrude Walden – preschool ministry for children from low-income families.
Indian River State College – Martin County area high school graduates’ scholarships to start college.
LAHIA – a new program to assist and feed the homeless of Stuart and Martin County.
Mary’s Shelter- provides a home and educational training for pregnant mothers.
M.I.S.S– provides housing and support services for single, homeless women with children.
Refuge Ranch – exists as a residential Christian drug and alcohol regeneration ministry for adult women.
Safe Space – secure temporary help for those being abused domestically.
Samaritan Center – residential program for troubled boys and counseling for their parents.


Shawl Ministry meets year-round to knit and crochet shawls, lap robes, baby blankets, newborn hats and sweaters, warm clothing for children in need, and hats and scarves for the military.  Over 500 items are completed each year, and they are delivered to local charities including Hospice, Christ Child Society, Hibiscus House, Safe Space, St. Vincent de Paul and local nursing homes.  Red-white-blue blankets are made for our veterans, and special items are made for active duty military personnel.  Warm winter hats and scarves are sent to Native Americans in South Dakota and to needy children in Appalachia.  Please join us at the chapel on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.  Please contact the office (772) 288-5194  for further information.

Fun Friday

Each Friday in season from 10:00am till 1:00pm the Chapel host Mariner Sands Residents in the conference room who are home-bound and find it difficult to leave our premises. Activities include card games, bingo, and light exercises. This provides wonderful socialization as well as a break for caregivers.

Pastoral Care

This committee provides assistance to Mariner Sands Residents who need a hospital or home visit, as well as assistance with shopping and meals.

For more information contact the Chapel Office:

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri.9am – Noon (Oct-May)

Chapel Phone: 772-288-5194


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