Presence, Persistence, and Patience in our Neighborhoods

Service and mercy coordinators at Veritas talk about the church’s presence in neighborhoods like Weinland Park, Milo Grogan, and Hilltop. For Rachel Trego, Mercy Deacon at West, it’s been a learning process to engage the Hilltop community. She believes it may take five years of persistent involvement before residents trust the church. In the following audio clip, Rachel describes her budding relationships with people in the Hilltop community and the trust she’s establishing in the neighborhood.

“Whatever we start, it has to be lasting.” – Rachel Trego

Opportunities to Engage the Hilltop Community

Rachel has organized some ways to meet people in the Hilltop area. Check out Neighborhood Nights and Block Parties.

Block Party

Neighborhood Nights

We want to focus on the power of presence. We don’t have complicated or hard service projects. We just want to be serving. – Amy Byler

Opportunities to Engage Weinland Park and Milo Grogan

Work Days in Milo Grogan

Milo Grogan Work Days: June 4, 2016 at Milo Grogan Rec Center & July 9, 2016 Location TBD. Contact Amy Byler for details.


A dedicated team of volunteers has been creating a community garden space in the backlot behind the Short North building. We have a few raised beds for personal/community plots, planters and ground beds that we will fill in. Contact Amy Byler for details.

Family Movie Night in the Park

Come catch a free movie with us in Weinland Park! The movie starts at sunset. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, lawn chairs, and blankets. June 10th, June 17th, June 24th, July 8th, and July 15th.

Roots and Roofs

Every year, Veritas participates in Roots & Roofs, Weinland Park’s annual neighborhood beautification! Veritas volunteers planted flowers, prepared gardens, and cleaned up the lawns of senior citizen homes in the neighborhood.