Recently, when each of our local agencies was asked if their need was currently in emergency status, all indicated that they were making it but that donations are still welcomed because of the increased need of their guests. If you are a person who really does not have a need for your stimulus check but has received it anyway, follow your heart’s lead in determining where you would like to donate your money. Here is A Guide to Helping and Getting Help During the Coronavirus Crisis. It lists ways to give, how to get help, and how to help in other ways in your community.
At the last minute, we have been asked to provide meals for the homeless at the Free Methodist Church from Sunday, February 28, through Saturday, March 6. We need people to provide main dishes, side dishes, beverages, and desserts. If you are interested and willing to help – and for more information – please contact Joyce Henricks.
The January special collection on Sunday, January 17 is for the Isabella County Restoration House, the agency providing temporary shelter for their guests - the homeless population in Isabella County. This year, because of the COVID pandemic, ICRH has, in essence, been serving the homeless 24/7, with the help of a few volunteer churches. You can donate online to this fund at our website or checks can be sent to our treasurer made out to UUFCM with “ICRH” indicated in the memo line.
The ICRH homeless shelter is open and we are scheduled to provide food this coming week of November 22-28. We have participated as a “partner” church since the shelter opened. We provide a main dish, side dishes, salads, soups, desserts, and whatever else people want to provide for dinners. If you can prepare food but are not able to take it to the shelter, we can transport the food for you.
If you are willing and able to help, please contact Joyce Henricks (firstname.lastname@example.org; 989-400-9743) as soon as possible so that she can coordinate the meals!
The Isabella County Restoration House continues to be in need of more volunteers throughout the shelter season. We are particularly in need of people for day shelter shifts (1-4 pm) and intake shifts (4-6:30 pm). To volunteer, submit an application on the website, and then sign-up to volunteer. Should you have questions, feel free to contact Norma Bailey (email@example.com) or Joyce Henricks (firstname.lastname@example.org).