Vineyard Community Services is the successor non-profit, 501.c3 Minnesota Corporation to South Metro Vineyard Church. Since 2007 the Fruit of the Vine operated as a ministry of the church. Since January 1, 2013, Vineyard Community Services began operations as its own tax-exempt organization separate from the church.As a community organization our vision is to extend the truth, power, and love of God to build friendships and perpetuate compassion within our communities, one life at a time.
Our mission is to physically and spiritually serve families and individuals in times of need (our "Neighbors"), to meet their basic needs and provide opportunities for wholeness and self-sufficiency.
We encourage with words that create hope and with deeds that bring joy.
Vineyard Community Services (“VCS”) was formed November 21, 2012 as a new tax-exempt 501.c3 Minnesota Corporation and successor to South Metro Vineyard Church. The initial VCS board of directors completed the transfer of assets and resources of the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf to VCS and was fully operational on January 1st, 2013. God has faithfully provided the volunteers and finances to keep this growing ministry.
As we developed our knowledge and skills in emergency hunger relief, we found it necessary to develop a strategy and programs to reach the root issues impacting our communities. As a result of our management team’s internal assessment, it proposed in 2010 to form a separate non-profit 501.c3 organization that is 100% focused on addressing our communities Basic Needs and extending services beyond hunger to meet our goal of bringing individuals and families to self-sufficiency and wholeness. Come and join us, we’d love to work with you!
Our guiding principles for service: Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves. As an emergency relief service provider one of the issues we face is the ‘entitlement’ influence. Limit one-way giving to emergency situations. We want to move people from crisis to re-building and discourage welfare relations. Strive to empower the poor through employment and business development. Subordinate self-interest to the needs of those being served. Listen closely to those we seek to help, especially to what is not being said – unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service. Above all, do no harm.