OPEN TABLE INITIATIVE AT THE ANNAPOLIS LIGHTHOUSE
Our church community is exploring the possibility of working with the Light House Shelter to “build Relationships that Transform Communities”.
The idea is to “adopt” a person or family who has graduated from the Lighthouse program and is ready to re-enter the community, but needs help finding their way through bureaucracy, and other hurdles. We would have a group of 6-8 people form a “family” to help with finance, apartment locating, job search, insurance healthcare etc. Not to do it for them but help them ‘do it for themselves’ with our coaching and support. By having different people helping with various areas, it will divide up the work, and with regular get-togethers of the group and person(s) to trust and community it will provide them something homeless person may never have experienced.
A BIG ORDER – but we could really make a difference! It is a proven National Model and we would receive training before we start.
Please open the link below for more information on the model and the ideas
Monica and Hildy have gone to a presentation for more information.
We will have a presentation at our Sunday Service on August 19 and questions afterwards at the coffee hour. We are hoping you will come and find out about this – we have so many people with talents that are required! Please don’t be shy! This is a great opportunity to do God’s Work right here at home! Please email Hildy if you are interested in participating at firstname.lastname@example.org
BRING YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER DISH for Yasir Family Lunch
Thank you to so many of you who provided delicious dishes for our lunch with Yasir and Noor and their children. ALL of US enjoyed being with each other and seeing how much the Yasir family has grown over the past 2 years in adjusting to the ‘way of life in our country’. Noor is now driving and has a job! They told us they miss their friends and family especially, but they feel happy and safe here. They also expressed their gratitude for all our little church has done for their family and how we helped in this success. Lee Dotson has become the official American grandmother to their family even! We have reason to feel proud of our willingness to step up and help this one immigrant family feel very welcome here! That is what is great about America: generosity of spirit and action! I personally am humbled by what you have given and helped to do!
PICNIC ON THE BAY
Last week end we were invited by Kathy McFadden to join here at her community beach to enjoy a relaxing and fun Picnic. The adults and kids, including the Yasir family had a wonderful time in the sun and breezes off the bay! Thank you Kathy and all who helped set up, cook, play games with the kids and clean up.
Hildy Cardaci, Missions Chair