“God not made with our hands” sermon follow-up Micah Hurst (1/28/18)
Many residents of correctional institutions are there due in part to poverty conditions. Some are not. In most cases we will not know why they are there. Many are lonely. The men to whom I have written have expressed their appreciation of receiving letters. Knowing people care about them may keep them from returning to a life of crime when they gain their freedom. For a list of prisoners to write to see:
http://harvyoder.blogspot.com/2015/12/urge-your-friends-to-send-christmas.html Support Jason Wagner through Virginia Mennonite Missions. Jason is the chaplain at the local jail.
Aid to homeless, underemployed, addiction challenged
Our Community Place has provided a place for people without jobs, homes or who are underemployed to find a sense of belonging and some opportunities for improvement in their situations. Some of the services there include transportation to Community Service Board, job interviews (including training for the interviews and contacts for jobs), help in finding rehab for addictions and support for dealing with the above challenges. The social activities of game night and movie night, as well as the common meals helps with this. Work day contributes with developing a sense of contributing to the good of all.
The Friday Noon Restaurant trains people in food service skills preparing them for new jobs. Enjoy eating there knowing that you are helping to train the people involved. To raise funds for OCP, Night Out monthly restaurant staffed by a local chef provides an excellent meal. February 14, 2018 meal features Sri Lankan food. Periodic projects for churches or other groups (grounds clean-up, painting, garden preparation) give OCP the labor for extra projects beyond what the regular clients can provide. Donations of garden produce and other goods are appreciated. Fund raisers such as OCP Walk in the Fall and the Plant Sale the beginning of May are opportunities to support OCP. email@example.com
Mercy House provides housing and related services to homeless. See their website for more information or talk to Roy Early or Steve Yoder. Mercy House currently (1/30/18) is in need of two people for after school activities for four (4) Fridays in the month of April or May from 4-5 p.m. You can plan your own activities but start with a Bible story. Children’s ages are 4 to 12. Number of children will vary–1-10 (?). To ask questions or volunteer, call Chaplain Nan at Mercy House 413-505-8285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercy House Store supports the work of Mercy House. See Deb Huffman for more information.
Open Doors: An overnight shelter for people who are homeless sponsored by local congregations in and around Harrisonburg. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1804, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Office Phone Number: 540-705-1908. Weavers has been investigating whether we can participate in this program.
Bridges of Hope works with homeless women with children connecting them with a social worker and a group of people who will help the woman become self-supporting.
Salvation Army: Provides meals and temporary housing. They usually need people to ring bells for fund-raising in November and December. Weavers’ participants include Clayton Shenk and Julia Alleman. 540.434.4854
Weavers has been participating in the School Backpack Program for several years. A list of foods for this project will be listed in the Weavers bulletin when it is our month to fill backpacks. Talk to Therese Leigh or another Outreach Committee member.
Patchwork Pantry: Provides food and basic personal items to families/individuals meeting basic criteria. Patchwork Pantry especially need help during the hours open (just before and after, too) 6-7pm Wednesdays. Donations of garden produce and non-perishables welcomed. Located at Community Mennonite Church, South High and Water Street. See the following for more about this organization:
People helping People is a cooperative ministry of churches in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia which helps people in an emergency crisis with resources and guidance. Weavers people have staffed phones for this organization. When individuals come to Shady Oak for help, assistance is coordinated through People helping People.
Stopping sex trafficking
New Creation works to counteract sex trafficking through education, awareness, and raising money through selling items designed and made by former trafficked individuals. See http://newcreationva.org/
Minister to new arrivals
New Bridges: Vision: “Through extensive training and experience in the particular dynamics that influence the lives of immigrants and refugees, the agency works diligently to engage immigrants, connect cultures, and build community with a vision for a thriving community that everyone can call home.”
Refugee Resettlement Program: We worked with them when we helped Gakwandi and Angelique and family last year.
Work for famine and disaster relief
Gift & Thrift Store of Harrisonburg is part of Mennonite Central Committee. MCC relates more to overseas people who have experienced disasters such as drought, storms, war and other disruptions to their lives making access to food, water and housing difficult. In volunteering at the store one helps raise money for these projects.
Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale: Raises money for development of resources to help people deal with their basic needs. Money also goes to MCC to provide water food, clothing and temporary housing after war, floods and other disasters.
School kits are assembled to assist school children and distributed through Mennonite Central Committee. The SAMS small group has been inviting others to participate in this project.
Other forms of service
Virginia Mennonite Missions: In addition to showing the way to a new life, VMM workers provide meals, distribute Christmas boxes, staff schools and advocate for better treatment of marginalized persons (for instance, supporting prison ministry and seeking to bring an end to sex trafficking).
Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic
- HRFC has more than 200 volunteers who support all aspects of our organization. Many have worked with us for more than 5 years. Our volunteers feel there’s no better reward than being part of a dedicated team providing essential medical care to neighbors in need. Volunteers range in age from 18-85 and are working professionals, homemakers, students and retired individuals. Clinical positions include Virginia-licensed doctors, PAs, NPs, nurses, EMTs, phlebotomists, pharmacists, pharmacy techs and others. Non-medical positions include receptionists, eligibility interviewers, interpreters (French, Kurdish, Arabic, Spanish) and administrative assistants. (If you have received medical insurance assistance or Medicaid assistance, part of your gratitude for these might be a contribution to HRFC.)
Ava Care Free pregnancy testing and confirmation – so you know for sure.
No specific information for Roberta Webb for volunteers.
Name: Roberta Webb Child Care Center
Address: 400 Kelley Street, Harrisonburg VA 22802
Contact Phone: (540) 434-8699
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s research shows that young people who attend a Club regularly tend to do better than their peers nationally:
- 68% of Club 12th graders volunteer at least once per month, compared with 39% of 12th graders nationally
- 90% of Club ninth graders report abstaining from drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, compared with 77% of ninth graders nationally
- 31% of Club girls ages 12 to 15 are physically active every day, compared with 23% of girls in the same age range nationally
- A comparison of NYOI and National Survey on Drug Use and Health data suggests that low-income, regularly attending Club members ages 12 to 17 outperform their peers nationally on school grades.