OF THE MONTH
January - United Methodist Retirement Communities & Porter Hills Foundation
UMRC & PH has been a leader in innovative senior care since 1906, offering Michigan’s most diverse housing options and services to older adults of all income levels. The UMRC Foundation was created in 1998 to help keep our faithful founders’ promise of Benevolent Care for qualified residents who outlive their resources. As the senior population continues to grow, your gifts to the Benevolent Care Fund help ensure that our residents always have a home where they are loved and treasured. (https://foundation.mybrio.org)
February - Baldwin Center & Seat Covers
Baldwin Center's mission is to feed, clothe, educate, and empower the men, women, and children of the Pontiac community. They offer more than 25 programs that meet basic needs, give assistance in a crisis, provide education and enrichment opportunities, and serve as a safety net. Among these services are soup kitchen, clothes closet, holiday store & baskets, laundry, after school program, summer enrichment camp, hygiene items, etc. They are connecting and training partner agencies to increase client empowerment through ‘Innovative Frameworks’. (https://www.baldwincenter.org)
For the Seat Cover Project, we lovingly cover bottoms with our donations! During the month of February we collect packages of new underwear for all ages. The packages get delivered to the Baldwin Center in Pontiac.
March - UMCOR Sunday
Typically donations for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Sunday are collected on one Sunday each year, however we have opted to collect throughout the month of March. These donations go toward the administrative costs of UMCOR, the “cost of doing business.” This allows donations to UMCOR the remainder of the year to go directly to the specific project and not administrative costs. UMCOR responds to communities and individuals whose lives have been upset by disasters, such as storms, wars, fires, displacement, and climate change. (https://www.umcmission.org/umcor)
April - National Justice for Our Neighbors
National Justice for Our Neighbors (NJFON) is a network of 19 immigration clinics across the country that provide free or low-cost, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy for justice. They help vulnerable and marginalized neighbors attain authorization to work and live with dignity. They reunite them with their families after years of separation. They enable men, women, and children to escape horrific violence and find safety and refuge here in the United States. Their clients represent different faiths, races, traditions, educational, and professional backgrounds—all of them reflecting the wonderful diversity of our nation. Since 2014, they have served nearly 20,000 clients from 148 different countries. (njfon.org)
May - CROP Hunger Walk
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. We will host a Walled Lake walk on May 7, 2022. (https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022)
June - Mobility Worldwide
Mobility Worldwide makes and provides mobility carts to people who are unable to walk. These vehicles allow them to go in places where ordinary wheelchairs won't go. There is no cost to the recipient. Since 1994, Mobility Worldwide has built 100,000 carts and distributed them in 106 countries. This organization reflects the love of God by giving individuals the gift of mobility. (https://mobilityworldwide.org)
July - Water for Life Liberia
Constructing wells to provide clean water and toilets to improve the living
standards in communities in Liberia. Clean and safe drinking water and sanitation are human rights issues that need urgent attention in post-war Liberia. Few wells still exist, but most are contaminated, broken, or overused. As a result, water-borne diseases are common. Funding for this project provides for the construction of wells/hand pumps and toilet facilities within communities. (https://advance.umcor.org/p-394-water-for-life.aspx)
August - Helen Roberts-Evans (Liberia Missionary)
Helen Roberts-Evans is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as director of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Helen’s work includes meeting needs in such areas as teacher training, scholarships, resources, new school construction, and school building renovation and repair. “I want to share the love of Christ with each child because I know that His love brings peace and gives strength to overcome life’s challenges.” (https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1556-roberts-evans-helen.aspx)
September - Kingdom Home
Kingdom Home’s mission is to end child sex slavery through prevention. They do this by providing a safe place to live for children at risk of entering the sex trade in Uganda. 1 in 10 children in Uganda are orphans and in some areas, up to 10% of children in Uganda have been trafficked. Kingdom Home is a place of hope where all of the children's needs are met. Kingdom Home was founded by Detroit Tiger, Matthew Boyd and his wife, Ashley. (https://kingdomhome.org)
October - Cass Community Social Services
Cass Community Social Services offers programs to people living in areas of concentrated poverty in Detroit. The agency works across Detroit providing programs for food, health, housing, and jobs. (https://casscommunity.org)
*CCSS prepares and serves 700,000 meals annually.
*300 homeless men, women and children currently stay in one of CCSS’ shelters or permanent supportive housing programs.
*CCSS operates two weekly free medical clinics and a day program for 125 adults with developmental disabilities.
*80 adults are currently employed in the agency’s Green Industries which marry jobs with sustainability.
November - Heifer International (Fill the Ark)
Heifer International's mission is to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities. They work in 21 countries around the world to strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods that guarantee a living income to local farmers. (https://www.heifer.org)
December - Grace Children's Hospital
Grace Children’s Hospital, founded in 1967, is recognized as Haiti’s leading medical facility dedicated to the treatment of children with tuberculosis (TB). Each year, the hospital receives thousands of children who are suffering from TB, HIV, and other diseases. They provide in-patient and out-patient care. Contributions to this project will help expand patient education for community health and increase the number of patients the hospital is able to see. Grace Children's Hospital provides care for those who would not be able to afford it otherwise and gives hope for children to live beyond their low life-expectancy. (http://www.internationalchildcare.org/grace-childrens-hospital)
Thank You Cards to
Healthcare Workers - March
Cards, letters, & drawings for the healthcare workers at University of Michigan Hospital!
CROP Hunger Walk - May 7 @ 11AM
Local community walk raising funds for hunger, poverty, displacement, & disaster
9:00 am Meet at Richardson Senior Center
1485 Oakley Park Rd, Commerce
April 23, July 23, September 24
The Church Has Left the Building
Sunday, May 22, 9:30am
A day of mission projects
in lieu of worship
God's Country Adult Mission Trip
Week long work projects in
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Builds and donates mobility carts
Empty Bowls Painting Party
Paint bowls to be sold at Empty Bowls Detroit, a fundraiser for Cass Community Social Services in Detroit