Friends of Night People – we prepare and serve a nutritious hot meal on the third Wednesday of each month. Carol Schuster is the coordinator of the program.
Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation – volunteers pick up the day’s end baked goods on Tuesday nights and deliver to Friends of Night People on Wednesday mornings.
Did you know that nearly 30% of the homeless population in Western New York is children?
Our congregation, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, made a decision to help homeless families in our region in 1996, and is a member of the Family Promise of Western New York Network. We are a Host Church site which means that one week every quarter, we host homeless families in our Church. Locally, there are 11 Host Congregations and more than 30 support congregations or organizations which provide lodging, meals and a safe secure environment for families.
Family Promise is a truly unique organization. Their top priority is keeping the family together during their period of homelessness. Family Promise models its services on a national paradigm that brings together existing local community resources, especially faith congregations, to assist with their mission to serve homeless families. Family Promise offers an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to reduce homelessness and transform lives. Over 500 volunteers assist, which helps keep operational expenses very low. This strategy enables Family Promise to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at a third of the cost of traditional shelters.
No one wants to be homeless. We think it only happens to other people, but the reality is that the people Family Promise serves are average American families who have fallen on hard times. It is the new face of homelessness, and is being seen more and more. For people living paycheck to paycheck, it doesn’t take much to fall over the edge.
Joan Holl and Donna Morrow are our congregation’s Family Promise Coordinator. Please contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer. To find out more about Family Promise, visit http://www.fpwny.org/
The Mission Workshop – every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. The Meeting Place is transformed into a beehive of activity as folks create gifts of warmth and love for local charitable organizations such as Project Linus, Cradle Beach and Make-A-Wish. For more information about the Workshop, please contact founder and facilitator, Lora Grinder.
Southtown’s Family Center – celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 12, 2011. In collaboration with the Orchard Park Parsons (the local ministerium), the Center houses a variety of services including a satellite of the Family Justice Center.
For more information about these local ministries, please contact Linda Babcock.