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Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
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): December 26
Visit IHN's Website: http://ihncincinnati.org/
Habitat for Humanity
After a two-year hiatus, Habitat is back in action at Armstrong Chapel.
Beginning Saturday, July 17, We are officially open for Armstrong volunteers at this year’s build site, 1731 Holloway Ave in Evanston!
A series of unrelated events over the past 2 years has caused a prolonged interruption to Armstrong’s long-standing support of Habitat (we’ve been building homes in Madisonville for deserving families since 2008):
- In 2019, Habitat suspended projects in Madisonville due to the lack of affordable lots and ultimately led to the disbanding of the Madisonville Coalition of which we were a founding member.
- In 2020, we joined the Shalom Coalition – a very active/mature coalition of about 10 churches that’ve been building together for 20+ years. Unfortunately, COVID constraints greatly delayed and then eventually constrained the conditions for volunteer workers.
- In February 2021, a site purchased in Evanston and Habitat selected a wonderful partner family. As they started excavating the lot for the foundation, they found significant issues with the soil that ultimately required extensive site engineering (e.g., drilling/filling piers below the footer, etc.). That delayed the construction schedule by several months.
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 their individual calendars.
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.
Beyond construction work, there are a lot of other important non-physical roles to fill:
- Someone to coordinate and provide Saturday lunches for 10-15 workers
- Someone to meet and greet workers on Saturday morning and give the opening devotional
- Someone to periodically take photos and provide updates to use in Armstrong publications
If you are interested, or even just curious to find out more information, please contact Geoff Smith. For those who are ready to volunteer, Geoff can provide the details on the weekly sign-up process.
Sign up to Work
Please Note- Sign up to work as your schedule permits. There is not an Armstrong date or team at this time. The first time you will need to create a profile and sign a waiver before you can pick a work date. The second time you will be able to go directly to the sign-up page.
Build Site: 1731 HOLLOWAY AVE.
Click for a map of the build site location and directions
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.
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 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!
Tutors are needed for the 2021-2022 school year and plans are in the works.
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!
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.