503 South Leroy Street Fenton, MI 48430 (810) 629-7801

Local Outreach

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Eight volunteers from our church braved another day during the COVID pandemic to first sort donated supplies and then to assemble 40 Snuggle Sacks on Saturday, January 16.  Each sack holds various hygiene supplies, one meal, socks, gloves, and a blanket.  They deliver these sacks to homeless shelters as well as on the streets of Flint. They were grateful for our assistance and we are very grateful for their service to the MANY homeless people in our area.

Snuggle Sacks is a new mission outreach opportunity for our church to serve the homeless in Michigan.  It was founded 5 years ago by then-8-year-old Addisyn Goss of Fenton and her siblings after discovering that their grandfather had been homeless. They gave us a better understanding of the needs of the homeless and how essential this type of support is to survival. Her family is now distributing about 800 sacks to the homeless each month. The program continues to expands in Michigan and now Indiana.

St. Judes & FFPC Food Outreach Partnership:
Our community outreach program, in partnership with St. Jude’s, has continued providing food for people in need. So far this year, we have provided over 30,000 meals since the pandemic began!! THANK YOU to the many members who have contributed items, provided monetary support, and provided their time (and backs) in moving the food each week. We expect this program to continue through the winter until the pandemic is under control and these people can again have jobs to support their families.

On Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2 pm. Snuggle Sacks is asking for 10 volunteers (due to social distancing) to assemble Snuggle Sacks for the homeless in Genesee County. Their new location is at 4019 E Baldwin Rd at N Holly Rd in Grand Blanc.

To volunteer, please call Nikki Black at 810-750-4189 or 586-917-0774 or email Nikki at nikkiwestberg@yahoo.com.

There is a family from Iraq, who will be moving into their own home in Sterling Heights on January 8th. They are a family of 4. They are in need of housewares and furniture. We have dishes and kitchen utensils for them already, however they are are are need of the following:

Dining table/chairs, Pillows (have 2, need 4), loveseat or armchairs, sheets and blankets, bath towels, laundry hamper, shower curtain, home office supplies, dressers, lamps, and possibly beds.

I’m not sure if they need winter gear, but probably they do.

Donations can be dropped off at the church. For more information on the needs of the
family, please contact Sarah Martin-Fanone.

For more information on the Samaritas Resettlement Program please visit
https://www.samaritas.org/New-Americans/Resettlement

Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world today, but it doesn’t have to be… you can feed our neighbors here and around the world!

Join Fenton 1st Presbyterian from 2-3pm on October 4th for the Crop Hunger Walk. We will be social distancing and/or walking with family as we walk a route around the church. It is a very fun, family friendly walk to raise funds and awareness.

Register online at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/fentonmi/Team/View/136789/Fenton-1st-Presbyterian  Can’t walk on October 4th?  Sponsor our team at the same website.  Every donation helps end hunger and save lives! Help us reach our goal of $1,500.00 raised!

CROP funds fight hunger around the world, and 25% of the money raised is sent to the Fenton United Methodist food pantry, FISH of Linden, and St. Jude’s School Lunch program.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, access to food has become even more important for everyone. Our church supplied a small group of volunteers (at their request) to assist the North End Soup Kitchen in preparing a warm lunch and other foods for the people of Flint who are struggling the most. We prepared a warm meal of French toast, diced potatoes and sausage patties for 60 people and placed them into Styrofoam containers. In addition, we prepared 183 ham sandwiches and placed them into sandwich bags. We also helped sort various incoming food supplies into more usable tubs that were sorted by specific food types. All of this while maintaining the best social distancing practices that we were able to perform. We felt that this was a very worthwhile outreach that also made us feel very useful.

The Shelter of Flint serves more than 1000 homeless adults and children every day! The average stay for their client is 37 days and they consistently report 90% in positive housing destinations.

On February 22, ten volunteers from our church went to serve at the Shelter of Flint. We organized their attic storage and washed/waxed their dining room floor. Our church family helped them make a difference in our world using our time, talents and treasure (we use some of the mission budget to support their essential services).

The Shelter of Flint has several essential programs: (1) They provide emergency shelter for the homeless, (2) They provide transitional and permanent housing, (3) They provide comprehensive housing placement services in Genesee County, and (4) They provide the Homeless Outreach program as a point of entry for Genesee County including street outreach, wrap around services that partner with other community agencies, and information and referrals for needed services.

Twenty-one volunteers from our church braved a very wintery day to sort products and assemble 75 Snuggle Sacks in Fenton on Saturday, January 18. Each sack holds various hygiene supplies, one meal, socks, gloves, and a blanket. Our grateful thanks to all those in the congregation and to the Deacons who donated a large number of supplies for the sacks!

Snuggle Sacks is a new mission outreach opportunity for our church to serve the homeless in Michigan and was founded 4 years ago by Fenton preteen Addisyn Goss and her siblings after discovering their grandfather had been homeless. Addisyn gave us a better understanding of the needs of the homeless and how essential this type of support is to survival. Her family is now distributing about 1000 sacks to the homeless each month on the street and outside homeless shelters. The program continues to expand in Michigan and now Indiana.

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. One donation can potentially save up to 3 lives. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.”  — Red Cross

We had another very successful blood drive. We had a goal to collect 38 pints of blood and we collected 37. We want to thank the people who donated the blood, the Boy Scouts for assisting in setting up and packing up the equipment, the members who made cookies and the members who hosted the drive on Saturday, November 30. We are grateful that we can host such an important life-preserving event for our community! In addition, we use some of our local mission budget to support the Red Cross programs.

Over 19% of the people in eastern Michigan are food insecure! The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan provides food to over 400 partner agencies in 22 counties. A hungry person or family could be your child’s friend from school, your co-worker or even your neighbor.

Here is just one neighbor’s story from the Food Bank clients:  Daniel supports his wife and two children by working long hours, six days a week, as a painter. In the past, Daniel’s family had to make some tough choices between paying for their bills and buying food. The family found assistance through their local food pantry, which distributes healthy food at his daughter’s school. “By helping [us] provide for our children now, they are helping us give our children a chance at a better future.”

On Saturday, November 16th, fifteen volunteers from our church performed a mission outreach at the Food Bank on Howard Avenue in Flint. They worked together to review, clean and sort through pallets of food. The group carpooled together from church.

Through your pledges to our church’s program, the mission committee makes donations to the Food Bank:  $1 = 6 meals; $20 can feed a family of four for 10 days. In addition, our members have supported their Empty Bowls fund raiser in September as well as volunteering our hands to assist them in sorting food for distribution. The mission committee wants to thank our members for their numerous methods of supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan!

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