Community Missions

Armstrong supports a wide variety of mission partners with opportunities for hands-on work as well as financial support.  


Hands-On Missions is Returning!

  

Found House Interfaith Housing Network

Our mission partner, Found House/Interfaith Housing Network (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network – aka IHN), is returning to housing families in partner churches beginning in June. (They’ve been in hotels in COVID.)  Three churches in Hyde Park (Church of the Redeemer, Knox Presbyterian, and Hyde Park Community UMC) have coordinated to offer space to IHN families throughout the upcoming summer months.
 
Although we will not house them here Armstrong, our next scheduled host week is Sunday, June 5 - Saturday, June 11.  Volunteers are needed to provide and serve (host) dinner at Knox Presbyterian in Hyde Park each night.  Food (for usually around 15 people) will need to be delivered to Knox (main door) between 5:00-5:30 pm.  The dinner hosting time is 5:30-6:30 pm.
 
Sign up today!
   
As a host church, Armstrong Chapel needs to provide approximately 84 meals for 4 families in a week's time ($1400 per host week). Families are located within walking distance of a Kroger.  Your generous donation covered all of 2021!
 
Our host weeks for 2022 are June 5, July 31, and December 25.  
 
CONSIDER DONATING:
  • Kroger Gift Cards - in any dollar amount up to $50 per card.
  • Monetary donations are also appreciated. The church will then purchase the needed Kroger cards. (Click I can help below to donate)

Gift cards may be dropped in the mail slot at the office door. Monetary donations can be made online below; mailed to the church; given in the Sunday morning offering basket, or dropped in the mail slot.

Questions? Contact Shannon Mills at 513-368-5836

Visit IHN's Website: www.foundhouse.org

I CAN HELP!


Habitat for Humanity

  After a two-year hiatus, Habitat is back in action at Armstrong Chapel. 

Since 2008, Armstrong has partnered with a coalition of churches and Habitat to bring the dream of homeownership to reality for 11 deserving families in Madisonville.  This year, Biensant Avant and her daughters are excited, grateful, and anxious to start building "sweat equity" in their new home on Jonathan Ave. in Evanston.

It's time to build! Armstrong will not have pre-planned, specific dates by the church as we’ve done in the past, so each week our volunteers will have the opportunity to meet and share fellowship with members of the other churches as well as the Partner Family.   Shalom also provides volunteers on days other than just Saturdays, therefore there will be more flexibility for our volunteers to match up to their individual calendars. 

Our first 2 work dates are Saturday, April 30th, and June 4th!

What Work Needs to be Done? There is a wide variety of jobs and roles, so we are seeking volunteers of any skill level You do not have to be experienced in construction.   For those of you who enjoy construction-related work, this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and techniques from experienced professionals.  For those with little experience, there will be people to show you what to do.  For those of you who may have physical limitations, there are plenty of non-strenuous tasks on the construction site, such as painting, cleaning, materials prep, etc.  

There are a wide variety of jobs/roles, so we are seeking volunteers of any skill level:
   construction work – experienced & not!
   non-strenuous tasks on the site (painting, cleaning, materials prep, etc.)
   coordinate/provide lunches for 10-15 workers
   meet/greet workers
   opening devotional
   take photos and provide bulletin/newsletter updates
 
To offer your services or to get more information, please contact Geoff Smith at or 240-1468.
   

Build Site: 1665 Jonathan Ave.
Click for a map of the build site location and directions


Interparish Ministry

 IPM is currently operating with staff only and food needs are heavy. IPM is able to source food from the Food Pantry at good prices. In one recent week, they provided over 1000 packaged lunch bundles to help families with kids in school. They are operating drive-through food pick up at 2 locations. Armstrong is accepting food donations at the Atrium entry. You may drop off without needing to enter the building. 

IPM now has a blue clothing donation drop box at the Newtown location (3509 DeBolt Rd 45244). The items are donated to St. Vincent de Paul and IPM receives credit vouchers for their clients to use in the St. Vincent de Paul store.  For every 6-7 items of clothing donated in this box, IPM receives a $25.00 clothing voucher.

Visit interparish.org/needs/ for their current urgent needs list.


Care Portal

Connecting you to the child in need. CarePortal is an online platform that brings the needs of hurting children and families in your community to your attention. Caseworkers with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services uncover the needs. CarePortal makes local churches aware, giving them a real-time opportunity to respond. Armstrong has officially registered to be a CarePortal congregation. 

We need you to “opt-in” for regular emails regarding what is needed. We will seek to identify items and situations where we are able to respond and build teams to make connections with families. The church has identified some resources for these projects but if you would like to make donations, then gifts would be payable to Armstrong Chapel and noted for CarePortal.  Registering for emails does not require the financial support of this mission.

Time spent with Care Portal families will always be a team effort. We will spiritually and physically meet the needs that God equips us to do. No guilt if we cannot meet every need. That’s why there are multiple churches in this group.  Typically the most important items are a bed, sheets, and blankets. Check out the items on the current list of needs


Creating a lifetime partnership for change!

WHO WE ARE

In 2005, Armstrong Chapel established Whiz Kids tutoring at John P. Parker Elementary.  In 2018-2019 the program transitions into our own tutoring program, Parker Kids Club!  

The Goal:

Provide one hour of weekly, after school highly relational tutoring to at-risk youth.  Minister to children who are behind in their achievement levels and would benefit from a stable relationship with a caring adult.

 WHAT IS NEEDED

Tutors meet after school with the same child each week during the school year to work on basic school subjects and to build positive, caring relationships.

 If you can read, you can do this. You don’t have to be an educator to make a difference in a child’s life.  Training and supplies are provided. All you have to do is show up and love your student.

 WHY TUTOR KIDS?

Students who can't read by 4th grade are 4 times more likely to drop out.  Once you learn to read, you read to learn. It is not a lack of intelligence that holds these students back, but rather a lack of support systems and role models.  You can change a child’s life by simply sharing your valuable skills by becoming a support system and role model they need to succeed.

Contact Dianna Sheely with questions or click the button to sign up to tutor. 

I want to change a life!


 Coming up this fall:

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Complete the form for more information on any of the above mission areas. A mission coordinator will then be in touch. 

Form - Community Missions

I would like more information on serving in the following area(s): You may select more than one. *