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
Jean Beal shared with the Human Needs Committee that collections for Lutheran World Relief have been sent to Guatemala for use in this impoverished country.
The Human Needs Committee is looking forward to another year of giving in care for our neighbors in need. Our collections this year will help local, national and international agencies providing care to those who hunger, those who are in jail, those who are in school, those in need of warmth and shelter, those fleeing violence and poverty in their homes or country. In addition to donations of goods and money many people in the congregation provide care for individuals and families who are homeless in Wichita with Family Promise; new arrivals to the country through support of refugees with mentors, transportation and items for their homes; a Saturday morning breakfast at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a sandwich for lunch and people power for the programs of Partner’s for Wichita.
The Human Needs Committee continues to collect plastic and paper sacks for use by Open Door Ministries; gently used coats and clothing for St. Paul’s Breakfast; magazines less than six months old for distribution to Ascension Via Christ and Open Door for use in their waiting rooms. These can be placed in the tubs under the Human Needs table.
In February we will support Partners for Wichita by collecting personal care items for people in need throughout the Wichita area. Partner’s for Wichita will add a blessing and deliver bags to organizations and agencies who work closely with those who are most in need. This annual February project is a community- wide Valentine for neighbors in need.
In 2018 over 1500 Bags of Blessings, filled with more than a dozen personal care items, plus many cartons of extra items were collected by about 40 congregations, groups, and individuals. The blessings were then delivered to over 35 helping places throughout the area.
We will fill the “Bags of Blessings” (gallon-sized zipper plastic bags) with small-size essential hygiene supplies . We are collecting; Soap (bar or liquid), Lotion, Razor, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Comb, Chapstick/Lip balm, Washcloth, Kleenex, Emery board or clippers, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Shaving Cream, Bandaids (3), White socks.
Thank you for your support today and throughout the year.
Family Promise of Greater Wichita Statistics for this year
Did you know that one out of every four people that are homeless is a child? Or, that families with children make up 40% of the people that are homeless in the country? Family Promise of Wichita is one of 207 programs across the country that work to empower families with children to achieve independence, while partnering with local churches to provide for basic needs of food and shelter. How long do families stay in the program? This depends on each family’s goals and individual needs, but the average stay nationwide is 65-70 days.
Families (up to 15 people) rotate between local host churches on weekly basis while in the program. Family Promise of Greater Wichita is currently in their one year of rotation of 13 host churches, which means each church provides a host week quarterly. To help more families, a second set of 13 host churches will begin a rotation soon and Christ Lutheran will have the opportunity to be a second rotation host church at the beginning of 2019.
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)
Wichita Children’s Home
Christmas items were collected and delivered.
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
Bags of Blessings program through Partners for Wichita invites everyone to collect personal care items for people in need throughout the Wichita area. They add a blessing and deliver bags to organizations and agencies who work closely with those who are most in need. This annual February project is a community-wide Valentine for neighbors in need. Together we make a difference!
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.
Episcopal Migration Ministries
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. You can learn more about this program by going to their web page: http://www.stepstoneks.org/stepstone
If you know someone who is experiencing domestic violence they may want to contact the Domestic Violence HotLine at 1-800-799-7233. Data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; In 2018 there were 444 gun related domestic violence fatalities; 10 million people a year are physically abused each year by an intimate partner; 20,000 calls a day are made to domestic violence hotlines; 20% of women in the United States have been raped.
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/