IFCS is one of our missions that we give to year round! They have a food bank that has been very helpful and always well stocked, especially this year with Covid-19. We have given them close to $10,000.00 this year alone in relief of Covid-19. We are also known as the stuffing church as we supplied them enough stuffing to last the entire year last year. This year, we are doing a drive for Tuna and Tuna Helper or Loaves and Fishes to stock their pantry with protein packed meals for the needy.
The Cross Cultural Covenant Community is very dear to our hearts. We not only try to have several different services in different languages with each different church but we also have a Christmas Stocking Drive in December. We gather the names and ages of the children in the Vietnamese and Latino Presbyterian Communities and hand make and stuff stockings with age appropriate toys and personal care supplies. It has always been a hit and we usually provide 100+ stockings over the course of December. Always a favorite!
Love Inc. is our mission that provides resources like diapers, formula, personal care items as well as a IMPACT program of life skills classes and coaching. They can help the whole family in a way a lot of organizations do not. We have donated over $3200.00 this year to the program!
New Genesis is a homeless shelter that concentrates on getting people off of the street. Forming partnerships with a variety of social service agencies, New Genesis accepts referrals from the criminal justice system, domestic violence centers, and homeless shelters providing emergency help.
Unlike other shelters, New Genesis requires residents to pay rent, participate in the upkeep of the shelter, and work. This proves to be very effective in ultimately breaking the cycle of homelessness. Requiring accountability (by having residents pay rent) is economically efficient — resident fees cover 70% of costs, and provide significant leverage to our donor base. We have donated almost $10,000.00 to them this year as well as providing them with meals on a quarterly basis. Our Volunteers love to go down and serve them chili dogs, or lasagna or ham at Christmas!
Grace's Mission committee and the Session have added Journey with Migrants this year as an area of focus; particularly since more and more it is becoming a dominant issue on the news. No matter where one might stand politically on the issue of immigration, it is good for us as a big-tent church to be walking alongside immigrants and to learn from people who are already engaged with them. Phyllis Clerihue has been involved in this ministry and also the Cross Cultural Covenant Community we belong to is exploring how we can be involved with Journey with MIgrants as well. If you have an interest in exploring being a part of this ministry and attending the 4th Thursday of the month meetings with Pastor David and Phyllis Clerihue, consider yourself invited. We are praying for and working towards a non-political and non-advocacy way for Grace to engage with Journey with Migrants and their focus on helping people caught in the hotbed of poltitcal crossfire. The stated goal of Journey with Migrants is to "be the Presbytery of Denver's corporate response to the needs of undocumented residents who have migrated to Colorado and indivisuals and families who are seeking asylum in the United States."
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