We invite you to join Journey of Faith in helping to change lives in our community. Ever wonder what story lies behind someone who has no home to live in? Did you know that people who are houseless don’t all live on the street, and the vast majority are not addicts or mentally ill, either.
Want to do something about homelessness?: We don’t require the homeless guests we hosts to be in a church service in order to receive food, clothing or anything else. Our volunteers only role is to enjoy the good company; prepare and serve a good meal; and offer a welcoming sanctuary to people, at the moment, who don’t have a safe place to go to. And, then spend time imagining the dignity and value you want a homeless brother or sister to receive as they wrestle in prayer for his or her well-being.
We hope we’re building caring and loving relationships with a community that has blessed us with their presence and the soulful gifts of their hearts. We’ve received more from this special family of the unhoused than they will ever know.
What to do next?: Explore ministries that may align with your gifts and passions. And, yes we need you!
o Please contact the church, if you would like to support this ministry.
o If you want to immediately begin working to help stabilize a housing crisis or meet an emergency housing-related need — here are some practical and easy ways you can get started:
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.
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.
Cold Weather 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 help put the cold weather care kits together and deliver them.
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.
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 homeless students, 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.
Daytime Warming Center: Journey of Faith, in partnership with M.I.S.S.I.O.N.A2 , hosts the Daytime Warming Center usually in December and March. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals, visit with guests and provide donations of toiletries, wool socks, and undergarments for our guests.
Sleeping Mats for the Homeless: We're partnering with retirement centers in Dexter and Chelsea to do something unusual and wonderful with seniors — we’re making sleeping mats for our homeless brothers and sisters in our community. We've got a couple of great volunteers ready to teach you how to make “balls of plarn” — that's short for "plastic yarn."
Plarn is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, which are then crocheted together into a single long strand. By some miracle, plastic bags become plarn and that gets woven together to make sleeping mats for the homeless.
Each mat keeps 500-700 plastic bags out of a landfill. We get a chance to do our "creative thing" and weave it into serving others. And, more importantly, it’s a chance to connect seniors with opportunities that make the most of their experience and skills – to allow them to remain productive, feel engaged and unlock value for our community. What's not to love!
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.
Do you want to make a donation today to support this ministry?
"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
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