Missions and Outreach


Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart and a humble mind.

~ 1 Peter 3:8


JUNE MISSION NEWS

The Mission’s Committee article for the month of June is about the places that our committee voted to send donations.

One of the Missions our Committee has chosen to donate to is the Veteran’s Transition House. Veteran’s Transition House is a non-profit founded in 1990 by a group of Vietnam Veteran’s and community leaders who recognized the vital need for housing and supportive services for homeless and at-risk Veterans. They help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families across Southeastern Massachusetts. The VTH provides shelter and services with a special focus on healing from substance abuse and learning new life skills.

Their goal is the rehabilitation, self-sufficiency and re-integration of each veteran into the community. It is also their belief that the veterans they serve seek a hand up not a hand out.

Some of the sponsors that help are: Southcoast Community Foundation, Eversource, Webster Bank, Stop and Shop and Greater Boston Food Bank to name a few. One of the programs the VTH has is a meal program that helps with gift cards (grocery and clothing preferred) and gas gift cards.

The second Mission our Committee has donated to is Our Sisters’ School (OSS). They educate and inspire girls in grades 5 through 8 from the Greater New Bedford area. They opened in 2008 to the first 2 grades with girls from diverse races, cultures and faiths. They have dedicated teachers to engage students in meaningful classes that are interdisciplinary, social justice oriented, community and project focused and fun.

OSS challenges each student to reach her full potential by developing academic proficiency, emotional, cultural, curiosity, integrity and hope. We are donating now to possibly help with some scholarships for the coming year.

The third Mission is the Friends of Marion Council on Aging (FMCOA). It was established in 2012 and is a private non-profit corporation whose primary purpose is to seek donations through memberships, fundraising events, sponsorships and/or corporate gifts to financially assist the various projects that support and enhance the operation of the Marion Council on Aging (MCOA).

The Board of Directors implement programs with a limited budget appropriated each year by Town Meeting and supplementary funds from grants. The Friends assists with beyond-budget expenses to expand and enhance the programs of the COA.

FMCOA is also an advocate for the COA and older adults in Marion. Their long range goal was to assist the town in obtaining a center dedicated to our community where seniors can gather for support, socialization, fitness and/ or other services allowing our seniors the support they need to live enriched and independent lives.

There is a new Mission our Committee is looking into for donations. It was suggested by Lee Dougall. It is called Champ Homes. It provides transitional housing to adults on Cape Cod who are homeless or near homeless in a safe, compassionate, respectful environment. They instill confidence and hope through providing life skills, mentoring, vocational opportunities and self-advocacy, while building faith in one’s God, one’s self, in others and beyond.

Champ Homes is observing their 30th anniversary. Our Committee is making a visit to their place in Hyannis to see other ways we can help as well as money donations. We will update after the visit.

The Mission’s Committee welcomes recommendations from the congregation of worthy organizations for future support.

Many of you may be wondering what meal train is all about. You may already have received an email inviting you to participate. Below is an explain of Meal Train, taken straight from the web site. It is a wonderful way to help anyone who needs a helping hand!

Meal Train creates and strengthens physical communities, enabling giving by reducing the information gap between those in need and those with the capacity to help.

WHAT WE DO

mealtrain.com simplifies the organization of meal giving around significant lift events. We strive to simplify and promote interpersonal relationships between friends, families, and neighbors through meals.

OUR MOTIVATION

A Meal Train is rooted in the idea that a meal is a symbolic gesture of one person"s willingness to help another. The meal is a vehicle that allows the giving party the opportunity to show they care, that they hope to reduce a burden, and they will be there for the receiving party in the future. this outreach is a true interpersonal connection and is one that helps foster inter-dependence, dialogue, and compassion.

Some Reminders:

Collection boxes can be found in the Narthex for:

Mobile Ministries: (formally Mobile Loaves and Fishes) will be needing our help to stock the trucks that go to different parts of New Bedford to distribute clothing donated to the homeless. They need raincoats, sweatshirts, lightweight jackets, caps, and socks. There will be a container in the vestry to collect your donations. They go out Mondays and Saturdays with their trucks to outfit the homeless in New Bedford. You generously helped them in the winter with a wonderful supply of clothing. They are very thankful for your support.Gifts to Give: stuffed animals can be given to the children because of the special process that G to G has to clean them.

Turning Point: Backpacks, Plain and Colored Pencils, Blue and Black Pens, Pencil Sharpeners, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters, Notebooks, 3-Ring Binders, Filler Paper, White Glue, Rulers, Erasers

Mercy Meals: Good Used Books, White Tube Socks

Damien's Pantry: (Please check expiration dates) Hot/Cold Cereals, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Dry Pasta and sauce, Rice, Mac and Cheese, Instant Potatoes, Baked Beans, Soups, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Tuna Fish, Juices

We appreciate your support - we couldn't do what we do without your help!!

Your Missions Committee