Every week during the school year, we pack and deliver 32 bags with 30 items in each bag every Wednesday to distribute to Riverside Elementary and Minges Brook Elementary Schools. We partner with Central Christian Church and utilize our resources at the Southwest Michigan Food Bank, along with generous donations from our community to provide snacks to supplement the food that is served at the school.
The Share Center provides meals to the homeless and needy in addition to sponsoring support groups and other enrichment activities. Our contribution goes directly into the community meals program, where they served 3,535 people in 2020 or 31,354 meals.
During the summer months St. Thomas prepares daily breakfasts for th0se in need. During the school year, the church provides breakfasts on Saturday mornings. We support them with volunteers and financial resources. During the summer we usually serve for a full week. During the school year we serve multiple Saturdays. Consult the church calendar for our dates of service.
We have partnered with the Charitable Union for many years. We assist them with their collection of coats in the fall and contribute to their “Coins for Coats” campaign through membership giving. They are a source of clothing for many in our community. https://www.charitableunion.org/
Since 1979 the mission of Safe Place has been to provide a safe environment, to empower and to advocate for victims of violence ,trafficking and their families. In 2019 Safe Place provided shelter to 11,563, with 2,177 of those receiving counseling and other services. The programs offered are voluntary and free of charge. A COVID-19 Relief Fund has been established not only to help meet the additional shelter needs, but it will also help with personal protective equipment (PPE) and pay for extra cleaning supplies along with additional staffing. http://www.safeplaceshelter.org/
This organization welcomes immigrants and refugees by providing legal assistance for residents in need but cannot afford or access. Through their attorneys, they help immigrants understand their choices and navigate the complexities of the legal system. Through their extensive volunteer corps, they create a welcoming community that honors immigrants as fellow human beings. http://www.jfonmi.org/
The Haven not only provides shelter and meals, but sponsors several rehabilitation programs. The Haven is also involved with the ministry to the Jail residents. Haven of Rest, tagging our contribution “Jail Ministry”. http://www.thehavenbc.org/jailministry.html
During the Pandemic Shutdown, the volunteers were busy sorting, painting and installing brackets and hanging rods in the basement of the Christ Church. Old classrooms have been converted to rooms full of clothing and shoes to share with the neighborhood. Recently reopened, this program provides a channel of abundance in our community. Volunteers are needed to staff the facility. Watch for announcements about opening and hours of operation.
We give support to the foundations' work on five Michigan campuses, MSU, WMU, CMU, GVSU, and FSU. The programs on these campuses provide a connection for students who are living away from their homes. The MSU ministry summarizes their mission as “a Christian Community of young adults that loves without exception, serves without judgment and rejoices without restraint.” This speaks well of all campus programs. https://michiganumc.org/
National Justice for our Neighbors’ purpose is to create a welcoming community by providing immigration legal services, education and advocacy. Their office is Springfield, VA. It was formed in 1999 by the United Methodist Committee on Relief. https://njfon.org/
We not only support the work of UMCOR by sending volunteers annually to work in the warehouse preparing supplies to assist in disaster response, but we support them through our annual giving to their mission. We have provided additional financial support during the pandemic since they were not able to have volunteers work at the warehouse. https://umcmission.org/umcor-supply-depots/
Providing health programs for low-income underinsured and uninsured people in remote mountain areas. This mission project was long supported by the Trinity congregation. We continue to generously support this program.
The hospital cares for and creates hope for children and families suffering from TB, HIV/AIDS, and chronic illness. Not only do we ask the Chapel Hill congregation to give to this mission on a monthly basis, but we support this work with money from our annual Mission budget. This mission project is one of a few which still operate in Haiti, which has experienced multiple devastating tragic events. https://advance.umcor.org/p-587-grace-childrens-hospital-gch-and-outpatient-clinic.aspx
Helping child ex-soldiers, prostitutes, rural teen mothers and poor children build better lives in Liberia. Currently operating through four centers, they are further mobilizing resources to implement planned program activities and improve existing programs. Through peace festivals, billboards and radio programs, they move into communities to reintegrate these children into society. https://advance.umcor.org/p-392-brighter-future-children-rescue-center-program.aspx
Princess M Jusu is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in Monrovia, Liberia, as an instructor at the United Methodist Women's Leadership Training Center. “I am hopeful and prayerful that my service will be one that contributes to a more positive environment and will be productive for the women and children that I can assist while on assignment.” https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1503-jusu-princess.aspx
This mission in Guatemala has received support from Chapel Hill for many years. Two former Chapel Hill members served in person for five years. Over the years, we have also sent teams of workers to assist on site with various projects. Prior to the pandemic when we were visiting in person, we helped build a house for a family of seven and assisted in the construction of a new clinic. The Missions team is currently sponsoring two students, one in the first grade and one in kindergarten. We also send additional financial support throughout the year. We recently participated in a virtual mission trip along with others who serve Salud y Paz. https://www.saludypaz.org/
The Centre addresses hunger and poverty with sustainable agriculture and leadership training in Zambia, Africa. In prior years we supported this program through Missionary Paul Webster who worked at this site. From a very small beginning this project has grown to a very large agricultural project. Families in the area have benefited from increased nutritional diets and from economic opportunities. https://www.facebook.com/MujlaFallsAgCentre/
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By advocating for change in policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, the organization provides help both near and far. We support them through our annual Mission budget. https://www.bread.org