Serving the human needs of the community.
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing
Human Needs Ministry is designating two agencies for gathering of supplies.
The first is Saint Francis Migration Ministries (SFMM). This is the same agency but with a new name with whom we coordinated sponsorship of Saw Moe and Naw Shar about five years ago. SFMM had anticipated 115 refugees being resettled this fiscal year (which began October 1) but thus far have only had 22 individuals resettled. Between May 10 and July 30 they have 9 families or individuals scheduled. This includes a family of 10 (the youngest is school age), several single mothers with 2 or 3 children (Congolese), several single men (Eritrea) and 2 couples with two children. They will have about one week notice of when they will be arriving. During their next fiscal year they anticipate 400-500 refugees being resettled here.
We are receiving applications to be part of the refugee visitors. Our goal is to have 12 visitors. Applications are located on the Opportunity Table. You may turn or completed application (including e-mail addresses for references and release forms for a background check) into either Forrest or Pastor Chad or mail them directly to Saint Francis Migration Ministries. We will have an organizational meeting on Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 PM at the new offices of Saint Francis Migration Ministries. A tour will be provided, introduction of their new ex- ecutive director and questions about the program answered. We will also discuss how we are doing in devel- opment of our refugee ministry at CLC. All are welcome to attend.
We will also begin collecting furniture for refugee families. This list of needs includes:
- Complete bed-mattress, box spring, bed frame (twin, full or queen) (Mattress sets new only)
- Drawers, shelves or other unit appropriate for storage of clothing per family
- Couch or equivalent seating per family, coffee table, end tables
- One lamp per room with light bulbs
- Kitchen table and chairs
- Wall hangings, TV, wall clock
The second program is Filling the Gap program of Partners for Wichita. Collected snacks are to be taken to the Kansas Food Bank on July 13. Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids will serve lunches to children and youth ages 18 and under. The lunches are available at no charge and served Monday through Friday, July 30-August 10, from noon until 1:00 p.m., at 19 locations in Wichita, Haysville, and Oaklawn.
Desired list of healthy individually wrapped items that don’t need refrigeration:
- Individual fruit, pudding, and applesauce cups
- Beef sticks, beef jerky, Slim Jim’s
- Snack bars, granola bars
- Cheese and crackers, cheese dippers
- Fruit roll-ups, dried fruit, raisin packets
- Individual goldfish, pretzels
In August we will collect for Lutheran World Relief and in September we will collect for CROP Walk.
Ministries Throughout the Year
Family Promise with whom Christ Lutheran has agreed to become a host congregation in the Rotation Program. Elaine Miller coordinates our involvement with Family Promise. We will begin serving people one week/quarter once a new group of twelve churches are obtained. The mission of Family Promise of Greater Wichita is to unite hearts and hands to provide compassionate hospitality and empower homeless families with children to achieve sustainable independence. They provide customized case management which allows them to walk beside families in life, partnering with them to achieve their goals.
There are three phases to their Sustainable Independence Program (SIP):
Phase 1: Support Services Families are assisted with urgent/crisis needs for homelessness prevention, as we have resources.
Phase 2: Hospitality/Lodging Our Rotation Program, to work towards sustainability. Other programs revolve around this.
Phase 3: Mentoring/Aftercare For families who have participated in/graduated from our Rotation Program.
Family Promise wishlist is below. Contact Elaine, Forrest, or Pastor Chad if you can contribute: Diapers, especially newborn and 2T pull-ups, 20x25x1 furnace filters, Nitrile gloves, Roll paper towels, Printer paper, Sunscreen, Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, outdoor activities, Children’s swimsuits, Hand soap, Laundry soap (All Free brand), Baby wipes, Trash bags, Super and super plus tampons, Gift cards to Walmart, Gas cards, Bus passes (can be purchased at Dillons)
The Christmas Family
THE WICHITA CHILDREN’S HOME. These items were delivered after December 21.
Souper Bowl of Caring
January’s donations were for Souper Bowl.
Members of Christ Lutheran Church were asked to bring food for sack lunches being bagged and served by our youth to Wichita citizens in poverty. The Soup Pot money collected will go for supplies St. Paul’s Breakfast.
Bags of Blessings
Human Needs collection for February will be the Bags of Blessings program through Partners forWichita.
Food 4 Kids Foodbags
Human Needs collection for March was Food 4 Kids. In the Wichita School District, on Fridays, many children on the free/reduced lunch plans are sent home with a backpack full of food that will help feed them throughout the weekend. . This is a link to a short video (1.5 minutes) about the program; http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/2008/11/05/kids-helping-kids/
Family Life Center Safehouse
Human Needs collection for April, items were collected for the Family Life Center Safehouse in El Dorado. The Family Life Center Safehouse provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault/abuse. They provide special attention to each client’s individual needs.
Baby Care Kits
Members were asked to bring items for Baby Care Kits. Flat fold cloth diapers are the most needed item for baby layette kits for LWR. LWR requests that we do NOT send onesies.
Members were asked to bring items items are being collected for refugees. They will come here with nothing. We are asked to provide anything they might need to set up a home in an apartment.
This organization helps international refugees relocate to Wichita by helping with housing, language, and transitional assistance. We have helped welcome refugees from Burma/Myanmar, Congo, and Ethiopia.
“Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids”
Partners for Wichita is reaching out with lunches for hungry kids before school starts. We are collecting healthy snacks to go with the meals. Here’s how you can help. Please help hungry children now. Your check, written to Partners for Wichita and designated for “Filling the Gap,” may be mailed to Partners for Wichita, 925 N. Waco, Wichita, KS 67203; or you may give securely online at www.partnersforwichita.org.
The Wichita CROP Hunger Walk seeks to educate, inspire and empower the Wichita community to be agents of change in the fight against poverty and hunger through fundraising events with local and international impact. The Walk is an opportunity for Wichita residents of all ages, faiths, cultures and circumstances to join together to demonstrate their concern for those who are poor and do not have enough food to eat, both across the globe and in our own backyard. 1/4 of funds raised stay local (Free Community Breakfast-St.
Paul’s Lutheran Church; Breakfast and Neighborhood Fellowship – City Life Church; Inter-Faith Ministries Wichita – food ministries and United Methodist Open Door Ministries – Food Ministry). 3/4 of the funds raised assist the hungry around the world through Church World Service. For more information about what CROP Walk does review these two videos:
StepStone is a transitional living program for survivors of domestic violence. One survivor/ mother had this to say about StepStone; “They take you in, wrap you in their arms and keep you safe and secure.” Needs for StepStone are typically laundry detergent, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies.
Dear Neighbor Ministries Food Pantry serves the entire community and has struggled with maintaining adequate food to distribute to people in need. They distribute not only food items but also personal care items. People utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition program (SNAP – formerly called food stamps) are unable to purchase non-food items with these benefits. People receiving food stamps typically run out of food by the 23rd of the month.
Union Rescue Mission
Gathering items for the Union Rescue Mission at 2800 N. Hillside (http://urmwichita.org/programs-services) Some of the items collected were: Winter gloves, Water Bottles, Insulated cups (for coffee or cold), Disposable Hand Warmers, Chapstick, and Food.
There are many programs assisting with holidays as well as people in need. A resource for you to give to people or to consider for donations can be found on the Kansas Food Bank web page; http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/finding-help/