Outreach Ministries
2014




January

Since 1964, The Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) work has focused on promoting dignity and independence among Appalachian residents struggling against poverty. CAPís programs work closely together, as one unit, to bring COMPLETE impact. We commit to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of those we serve.

* Disaster Relief - - - CAPís Disaster Relief program organizes volunteers to aid residents who have been unfortunate victims of a natural disaster.

* Emergency Assistance - - - CAPís outreach programs offer emergency assistance as a vital part of their services.

* Christmas Basket - - - Christmas is the time of giving. However, sometimes there are those within our midst that go without due to limited finances, lack of employment or circumstances beyond their control.

* Adult Education - - - Adult Education programs offer GEDs, literacy instruction, job readiness, vocational and college testing to individuals ages 17-80 years of age in their home (School-on-Wheels) and in the Adult Education Center.

* Family Restoration - - - Family life counseling, Domestic Violence Shelters and Substance Abuse Recovery.

* Housing and Home Repair - - - CAPís housing program assists families in need by providing housing materials, repairs on the existing home or new home construction.

For more information, go to http://www.christianapp.org/ .






February

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people--regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference--to build simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter. Habitat affiliates work locally in communities around the world to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building. Homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to repay a mortgage and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Habitat does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or national origin. For more information, go to http://www.habitat.org.





March

The Shepherd Center is a local, Tarpon Springs, interfaith outreach of compassion, education, assistance, and support for all in our community. Through our faith conviction, we equip the least among us by:
* Feeding the hungry
* Clothing the Poor
* Providing a place for all to give and receive hope.
* Creating opportunities for personal empowerment

Our desire and goal is to provide, with the help of the community,
* Free, hot meals everyday of the week as well as basic clothing
* Grocery and hygiene supplements
* Personal case management assistance
* Planning for success via education, vocational training, and employment opportunities that enable clients to break the poverty cycle.

For more information, please go to www.tssconline.org.






April

Beth-El Farmworker Ministry began in 1976 when a small group of Cumberland Presbyterians rented a tiny house in Ruskin, Florida and began holding Spanish-language church services for migrant farmworkers. When the families came to worship, their many other needs were obvious: they were usually hungry, often cold in winter, some slept in cars or trucks, many could neither read nor write, and most lived in fear of deportation. Beth-El helps farmworkers and their families achieve self-sufficiency through its open opportunities to worship, its extensive educational programs, and the many services it provides to meet basic needs. For more information, go to http://www.beth-el.co/





May

Marion Medical Mission is a Christian organization founded in 1985 in Marion, IL. Marionís goal is to provide 100% funding to mission fields in Africa. UNICEF reports 4,000 children worldwide die each day because of unsafe drinking water. The Shallow Well Program provides safe drinking water for $350 each to remote African villages. The village makes the brick from stone and sand that the villagers bring to the well site. Marion Medical Mission provides the cement, the pipe, the pump, and the skilled labor and training. An established maintenance system provides replacement parts at prices the village can afford. Since 1991 Marion Medical Mission has built over 5600 shallow wells providing over 1,400,000 people with safe drinking water. Other projects include schools, hospitals, and agriculture. All building projects follow the shallow-well model: communities provide what they can; Marion Medical Mission provides what they cannot. 100% of all donations go directly to the mission field, with not even the cost of the stamp deducted. For more information, please go to www.marionmedical.org.





June

Kimberly Home is a non-profit, non-denominational pregnancy resource center that offers assistance to women in unplanned or troubling pregnancies.
Opened in 1983, they provide a host of services including counseling, material assistance, infant care, housing and referrals to the resources available throughout the community.
For 25 years, they have been assisting women in making healthy and positive choices for themselves and their babies. For more information, please go to http://kimberlyhome.org/





July

Threads of Hope,founded in 1998,is a ministry of Missionary Ventures International. Our ministry vision is towards widows, orphans, and indigenous pastors. Our purpose is to bring sewing skills and equipment in order to meet the needs where God directs us. These skills offer a great tool as well for missionaries and ministers to build relationships in the communities they serve, enabling them to introduce the gospel while training nationals, the motivation behind this mission.
Our intent is to help them gain financial stability, giving them a start they could not otherwise have on their own. This mission was born from outreaches to the Maasai tribe in Kenya and Tanzania that began in 1996. Since then, it has reached numerous African countries and fourteen other countries around the world and in the USA. Our main focus has been in Africa, bringing sewing machines and much-needed skills. Threads of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching economically challenged individuals and any other interested parties in the pattern making, garment construction, and alterations career field. They will gain very important benefits from this program:

Improved Standard Of Living
Work At Home Opportunities
Outreach Sewing Missions - Both Foreign and Domestic
Learning A Practical Skill
English Language Development
Improve Self-Esteem
Friendly Professional Environment

For more information, go to http://www.threadsofhope.org/






August

For over forty years The Homeless Emergency Project has provided homeless people, homeless children, and low-income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing, and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. HEP is dedicated year round to "helping people help themselves.
HEP is the oldest and largest provider of emergency housing and support services in Pinellas County. Through the provision of emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing, HEP provides lasting solutions to ending homelessness in our community. For more information, go to http://www.ethep.org






September

For Haiti with Love, inc. is a faith mission. No bigger barns, just do next month what the contributions this month provide. Today there is (1) food program providing nutritionally balanced meals to the hungry, (2) formula for babies with no mothers or mothers without breast milk, (3) construction program that has completed churches, schools, marketplaces in 6 villages, over 50 homes for the homeless and (4) medical program providing 24-hour emergency medical care for the poor. As funding permits, there is also funding for tuitions for the school of choice, funerals, x-rays and other medical needs from doctors and hospitals that charge and, of course, the poor box by the door for the elderly. Used clothing in excellent shape is used as packing material and distributed primarily to the burn patients who have lost everything in a home fire. When the budget permits, their home is either repaired or rebuilt and they are put on the food program during their recuperation period. Everything is done as a gift from God through His people, every recipient is very aware that they thank God for their help. For more information, go to http://www.forhaitiwithlove.org.





October

Heifer International. Founded in 1944, Heifer is a humanitarian assistance organization that works to end world hunger and protect the earth. Through livestock, training and "passing on the gift," Heifer has helped more than eight and a half million families in more than 125 countries improve their quality of life and move toward greater self-reliance. Heifer helps build strong communities because each project participant agrees to pass on the gift of animal offspring, training, or skills to another family in need. Please use envelopes marked ďmissionsĒ. All loose change goes to Missions. For more information, go to http://www.heifer.org/





November

Religious Community Services concentrates its efforts on providing the basic needs of food, shelter, safety, clothing and household goods for individual and families in need. RCS Food Bank is the largest distributor of food to those in need in Pinellas County, serving between 4000 and 5000 individuals monthly at their warehouse and through 62 sub-sites. RCS Grace House provides 8 weeks of apartment style shelter to homeless families along with all of life's necessities, maximizing their opportunity to reach self-sufficiency. The Haven of RCS empowers victims of domestic violence to become survivors, offering shelter, legal advocacy, 911 phones, individual and group support, preventative education and more. The RCS Thrift Store offers a dignified shopping experience at no charge to participants in RCS programs while providing revenue to RCS through sales to the public - including household items and furniture too. For more information, please go to www.rcspinellas.org.





December

Treasures of Africa Children's Home is a ministry to AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in East Africa. Located in Moshi, Tanzania at the foot of beautiful Mt. Kilimanjaro, this home provides loving care, nutritious food, and education in a Christian family environment for orphaned and abandoned children. A project of Hidden With Christ Ministries, (www.hiddenwithchrist.com) a registered non-profit organization based in California, this home is supported solely by the donations of compassionate people who have a heart to help change the world...one precious life at a time! For more information, please go to www.treasuresofafrica.org.



And then, there's our Peanut Butter and Jelly mission. This is a part of the dedicated group that meets every Wednesday at 10:00am. Church members and friends make approximately 350 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each week which are donated to The Shepherd Center in Tarpon Springs. They minister to local homeless and to families in need. Additional donations of smooth peanut butter and grape jelly are appreciated and can be dropped off in the church office between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday - or join us at 10:00 am on Wednesdays if you'd like to help make sandwiches!