Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
For the time being, IHN is housing families needing shelter in a hotel, instead of churches, so that they have access to their own kitchen and bathroom spaces. This is viewed to be more safe during the pandemic for the families and volunteer helpers. IHN is providing meals that are pre-packaged breakfast, lunch, and snack supplies only. Think Lunchables, or packages of luncheon meats/loaves of bread a whole family can use to make sandwiches rather than making the sandwiches yourself. Items that can be microwaved are also especially helpful (mac and cheese cups, soup cups, etc.) The cost to house a week of IHN in a hotel is ~$2500. Armstrong’s next week to host IHN families is the week of Dec. 27th, and we will cover the cost of the stay for 4 families during our assigned week. You can help by making a financial gift to help cover those costs or by providing food items as mentioned above. For more information contact the church office.
Next Host Weeks 2021 (Starting date listed): March 21, June 6, August 1, December 26
Visit IHN's Website: http://ihncincinnati.org/
DONATION FOCUS — Families are utilizing extra cleaning supplies, disinfecting wipes, gloves, etc., so if you happened to have stockpiled any of that, donations are welcome both for shelter operations and for our housed families that are having a hard time getting a hold of and affording those items.
• $30 Kroger Gift Cards
• Cleaning Supplies (Paper towels, wipes, disposable gloves, disinfectant cleaners etc.)
Please Indicate what you are able to donate using the I can help button. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
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.
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.