Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
With COVID-19 restrictions still in place for the health and safety of our community, Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) families continue to be housed at a hotel. Therefore, ways we can support these families are a little different than when we host at church.
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 to a Kroger. Our next host week begins March 21. The hotel cost for our host week is covered by our mission dollars.
- 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.
Next Host Weeks 2021 (Starting date listed): June 6, August 1, December 26
Visit IHN's Website: http://ihncincinnati.org/
Inter Parish 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.
Picnics for clients will be held at the Amelia pantry on Fridays and the Newtown pantry on Tuesdays beginning in July. Volunteers are needed to do the grilling and pack the food boxes. Each client will receive a main item, a side, and a beverage plus an "encouragement gift". If one just wishes to donate, $500 will cover the entire cost for one picnic. If interested, please contact
Visit interparish.org/needs/ for their current urgent needs list.
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 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 the 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 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.
Parker Kids Club - ONline
Creating a lifetime partnership for change!
Parker Kids Club tutoring program will take place online this year for students from JP Parker Elementary school in Madisonville. Partnering with MEAC (Madisonville Education and Assistance Center), Armstrong will continue to bring life-changing 1-to-1 tutoring to these kids who need our support now more than ever. We will connect remotely with students on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm in the Armstrong Room at Armstrong Chapel. (November 17 through May)
Contact Dianna Sheely with questions or click the button to sign up to tutor.