Recent stories from members of the community, sharing their journey.
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I wasn’t expecting the man in the Meijer’s parking lot to offer to plow my cart through the snow for me. I didn’t feel like I was entitled to it. I certainly didn’t expect it. He was being kind and gracious. His simple offer to help really touched me. Acts of grace are a wonderful […]
Not all food pantries offer bags and boxes to carry food home. That got us thinking. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone hand-crafted tote bags for our neighbors in need? Not only would it be a practical gift, it would be an expression of love from one caring person to another. Thank you Loving Covers […]
…or Polar Vortex …can keep us from loving in the name of Christ. The cold weather shut down our offices last week, but it was not able to keep us from moving our mission forward. We are able to love in the name of Christ anywhere and anytime! Thanks to our conversion to the cloud, […]
Volunteers meet up at our warehouse on the last Saturday of every month. Join the team as they deliver the Dignity of a Decent Bed and offer practical help in the name of Christ. Join us for our next Serving Saturday!February 23rd from 8:30-10:00 AM Tours and on-site projects are available at our warehouse located in […]
Every hour a volunteer invests in our ministry expands our ability to serve. When all of us work collectively, it really adds up. This year, according to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour, is $24.69. Last year, our volunteers served 2300 hours and that’s a $56,787 gift! THANK YOU! The more volunteers […]
“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. —ORSON WELLES” Women in abusive relationships are threatened, beaten and convinced they are not worthy of real love. Over time, a caustic view of their own worth becomes their new normal. Last week, we helped a neighbor caught in […]
Like a long-awaited Christmas present, I look at the New Year with the same anticipation. The months ahead, with God’s grace, hold the potential to be beyond what we can even ask or dare to imagine. Your choice to partner with us enables powerful possibilities to people waiting to be loved in the name of […]
Secret Santas remind me of Anonymous Angels finding ways to bring joy. Office party secret Santas are fun, but when the gift is providing this month’s rent and heat, the gift is a little more meaningful. It’s a gift wrapped in compassion and reflects the very heart of God. When an Anonymous Angel discovered a family was facing a very […]
For many of us, Christmas includes a season of parties and presents shared with new friends and old. It’s a time of celebration and joy filled with music and memories. For many neighbors, Christmas will look and feel much like every other day. Dianna, will be sitting alone in a sparsely furnished apartment. After failing […]
Our workshops are a great way for neighbors to come together, share ideas and encourage one another. Last Saturday, a great group braved the cold rain and windy weather to gather around our table. As I worked through recipes to share, I thought I was just serving up some good ideas. Crock Pots have […]
When we first met Sue, she hid shyly behind a baseball cap. At a recent workshop, while we encouraged a small group of women to set SMART goals, Sue watched quietly and wrote, “Stay positive: Safe, Hope, Happiness”. Sue had fled an abusive husband in the middle of the night with her children. After finding […]
I love Fall. I love the contrast of colors displayed by the sun’s slanted rays. In the middle of all this beauty, I love baking with apples. I’ve been playing around with four variations of Apple Crisp. In order to recreate the New England version Mom made, I peeled and pared McIntosh apples and added […]