Missions and Outreach

“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”

~ Fred Rogers

Foster Care

A few months ago, our Community Mission partner – Donna White – from the Plymouth County Department of Child and Family Services came to worship and spoke to us about the value of opening up your home to children in the foster care system. Donna spoke to us of her own personal experience as a foster care parent and how enriching it has been for her.

There are families in every neighborhood that open their homes to children in crisis, – children whose parents could be struggling with a myriad of issues. These children need families to help provide a safe home, food and support. Foster care can be a lifeline for them.

  • Have you ever given any thought to becoming a foster parent?
  • Did you know the number of kids in foster care has increased about 30% recently?
  • Do you know that there are not enough homes to accommodate all the children in care and sometimes kids are placed in group homes due to lack of individual foster parents?
  • Did you know that foster kids could be your neighbors, your niece, your nephew, your friend’s kids?
  • They are just children that need a home.

Please contact the foster parent recruitment ambassador from the Plymouth Department of Children and Families, Donna White, for more information:

donna_white14@aol.com or (508) 846-0484

Supporting children in our community can make a difference to a family in need.

Making a difference to families makes a difference to communities.

Respectfully submitted by the Missions and Outreach Committee: Meg and David Albert, Susan Kenny, Susan Smith, Susan Taggert and Rev. MaryAnn Purtill

More from Missions:

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.


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.


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