Help the Homeless
We work with our local missions and organizations to help the homeless with clothing, food and other health necessities. About a third of all homeless in our community are families with children. This breaks our hearts and we are always looking to help organizations in need. Currently, we assist:
- The Gospel Mission
- House for Homeless Women
- Salvation Army Shelter
- Church Action Group for Homeless Families
- Disabled/Homeless Job Services
Assist the working poor
Many in our community are working one, two or three jobs to make ends meet. Even with that, they still come up short. We help a local organization with financial assistance and volunteers who help bridge the gap. By offering a hand up, rather than a hand out, individuals and families are empowered to become successful. In return for a small fee and volunteering two hours per month, they receive:
- Access to the grocery store where they can choose up to a cartful of food items twice per month.
- Choose any clothing they need from the store.
- Choose any household items from the store.
Foster Child & Parent Respite Care
In the United States, there are nearly 443,000 foster children in foster care. In 2017, over 690,000 children spent time in the care of a foster parent. There is an overwhelming need for volunteers and parents to help.
We help to provide a soft landing for children entering the foster system. This can be anywhere from a day to three weeks. In doing so, we feel we are fulfilling Matthew 25:34-36:
"Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me."
Foster parents need a break for an afternoon up to a weekend. We offer respite services to house their foster children for a much needed break. After time away, foster parents can feel refreshed and energized to invest again.