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sERVING our community

"We believe that Christ dwells in each and every person, a reminder of our individual dignity and belovedness and of our personal call to be Jesus' hands and feet in the world, healing the broken and fighting for justice."  —Pastor Alex McCauslin

 

We invite you to join Journey of Faith in changing lives in our community.  Discover ministries that align with your gifts and passions.  And, yes we need you!  


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Soap & Suds:   Journey of Faith has a laundry and shower facility available to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. We are always looking for volunteers to host our guests and provide them with a meal while they're at the facility showering or washing their clothes.   We set up appointments for guests to use this service on Tuesday — Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 


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Clothing Closet:   At the church, we have a room filled with clothing items that have been donated to give to people who need them. We are always looking for more donations (clean clothes in good shape, only), as well as, people to volunteer to organize what we receive. Donated clothing are given to homeless guests at the church when they're using our facility to wash their clothes and bathe. 


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Hygiene Care Kits:  These kits are given to the homeless needing basic toiletries. We're always collecting new soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and other items. We are also looking for people to volunteer to put the hygiene care kits together and deliver them.


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Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House:  The mission of IHN at Alpha House is to provide temporary shelter, food, and support services for homeless families and children in Washtenaw County.  Journey of Faith led the effort to establish IHN in 1992 to provide shelter and support to homeless families. 

In 2016 over 4,413 people experienced homelessness; 41% of those were parents and their children.  During the year, 3-4 times on a Sunday morning, we prepare and serve breakfast meals to families temporarily housed at Alpha House.  In October , we host a Halloween party at the facility for families and children.


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School Backpacks and Supplies:  When school is about to start — it’s a time of excitement, fun, and discovery for many children. But, for some children, it means showing up at school without crayons or pencils, notebooks or other supplies they need.  Unfortunately, many parents can’t pay for their children's supplies and some public schools are also unable to provide the necessary items.

The "Body of Christ" can help to fill the gap — not for everybody, but where we can, we do. Journey of Faith's School Backpack ministry provides school backpacks and supplies to about 200 students who need them.


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Daytime Warming Center:  In December 2017 and March 2018, Journey of Faith, in partnership with M.I.S.S.I.O.N.A2 , will host the Daytime Warming Center. Volunteers are need to help prepare meals, visit with guests and provide donations of toiletries, wool socks, and undergarments for our guests.


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Christmas Giving Store:   This year, we'd like to provide gifts for homeless guests at the Daytime Warming Center to give to a family member or friend.  It's our hope to have everyone share in the Christmas spirit even those who really don't have anything tangible to give. We would like to collect new gifts (under $10).   

A "wishlist" is available of suggested items to donate.  You can also donate something else you feel is a little bit more unique or special to give.  Your donation of a gift, under $10, will be most appreciated — whatever it is. 

With your help, homeless guests coming to the Daytime Warming Center in December will be able to be part of the gift-giving process too.  We'll have gift wrapping supplies for our homeless guests to decorate the gifts you've so generously donated for them to give away.  


Please contact the church office for more information on any of our ministries at:

T:  734.917.4245

E:  jofdisciples@gmail.com

We appreciate your interest!

 

"Holy God, Help us to have eyes to see the needs around us and to respond to those needs with joy and hope."  Amen.