FAMILY PROMISE/INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
Our church is one of the five Woodbridge churches partnered with seven churches
in the Plainfield/Dunellen area that house and feed temporarily homeless
persons. Our church is generally a host three times a year for one week each
time. Being a host church takes approximately 50 volunteers. The volunteers
shop, cook and deliver a hot and nourishing dinner; set up and break down
portable beds; serve dinner and socialize with guests, including children; make
beds; wash, fold and pack the linens for the next time; stay overnight with the
guests; and load up trucks and vans and transport our guests to the next host
The mission of Family Promise is to help low-income families nationwide to
achieve lasting independence and to redress the underlying causes of poverty and
Family Promise was founded on the belief that Americans are compassionate people
who want to make a difference. Its promise has been to link those in need with
those who want to help.
Family Promise works to accomplish its mission through 4 programs areas: (1)
Interfaith Hospitality Networks, which provide shelter, meals and comprehensive
support services to homeless families; (2) Family Mentoring, which helps prevent
homelessness by training volunteers to be advisors and advocates to low-income
families; (3) Just Neighbors, an interactive educational program which raises
awareness of the root causes of poverty and homelessness as the first step in
establishing community-based responses; and (4) Community Initiatives, which
foster local Interfaith Hospitality Network outgrowth programs such as
transitional housing, job training, childcare and literacy.
For more information on this program, visit http://nihn.org.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE BLANKETS+ PROGRAM
Each Mother's Day, we invite our members to honor their mothers and grandmothers
with a special gift to the Church World Service Blankets+ Program.
Through the Blankets+ Program, congregations and groups around the
country reach out in compassion to people in need in more than 80 countries.
Simply said, the right tool at the right time can make a world of difference in
the lives of a family or a community.
Church World Service responds to disasters in a "wholistic" manner. They respond
immediately after a disaster happens, but also commit to stand with people in
the long process of recovery and rehabilitation as well.
For more information on this program, visit http:/churchworldservice.org.
TWO CENTS A MEAL PROGRAM
This church program is a way for the whole family to get involved in helping the
needy. It works like this: For each meal you have during the day, each family
member contributes 2 cents to a family "pot," "bank" or "collection jar." Then,
once a month, you place your savings in the water jug located at the back of the
Sanctuary. If you prefer to give one or two dollars a month instead of 2 cents a
meal, your gift will be most appreciated. All monies collected are given to the
Family Promise program to help people who are temporarily homeless.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Each year at Easter, our church takes a collection for the One Great Hour of
Sharing program. Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other
Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God's love with people
experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee
assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find
safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and
For more information on this program, visit http://pcusa.org/oghs.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (Samaritan's Purse)
Each year, Operation Christmas Child delivers millions of gift-filled shoe boxes
to hurting children around the world. Our church supports this mission by
filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and other presents
in time for the Christmas holidays.
Elijah's Promise is a New
Brunswick based soup ministry. Since Elijah's Promise
began in 1989, it has been helping low-income people in the
central New Jersey community. From nutritious meals, to
social services and health screening, to culinary arts job
training and entrepreneurial training, to its own catering
business, Elijah's Promise has been moving people from
hunger to wholeness.