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

Local Outreach

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Volunteering for Adopt-a-Pet is always a treat and a surprise! Armed with rakes to rake the walking trails, our group soon found itself drilling post holes, setting the posts, fastening 2×4 boards to the posts, and fastening pallets to the boards. Once completely assembled, green garden cloth will be attached to the pallets. The result will be a new Halloween maze for the 2021 Halloween fun at Adopt-a-Pet!

Last year, the Halloween walk raised $35,000 from their Halloween celebration, funds much needed to support their program through the pandemic. Adopt-a-Pet is always looking for ways to enlarge its purpose in caring for and adopting out its furry friends. Stop by and see the outdoor fenced runs for the dogs and the outdoor kitty screened-in porch – and add the Howling Halloween Party and Haunted Trail to your calendar for family fun this fall.

Volunteers from our church went to the Shelter of Flint 5 times during April and May of 2021 to renovate a very cute and well loved playhouse.  Initial work involved replacing several damaged boards.  Then the roof shingles were replaced and the playhouse was painted with 2 coats of paint.  Finally, the window openings were glazed with Lexan plastic, the entrance had a new plywood covering and the floor was stained.  Our volunteers thought this was a very worthwhile project and enjoyed our time together.

Mission Opportunity: 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.

At the main shelter, they have an outside play area for the children. In that play area, they have a very nice playhouse that needs some maintenance. We would like to provide that maintenance work so that the children can more fully and safely enjoy the playhouse. We believe that we will need 3 days of “good” weather to complete our work between April 19-30. The first day will be repairing and fixing the house windows and framing. The second day will be re-shingling the roof, priming repair lumber, and painting the tower outside. The third day will be scraping, sanding, and painting the inside and outside of the whole playhouse. If you would like to join our happy work crew, please contact the office at 810-629-7801 or office@ffpc.org, and indicate which type of tasks you might like to do. We will then let you know exactly which days we plan on working dependent on progress and weather.

House of Promise – Saturday, April 17
House of Promise assists women recover their lives from being caught in sex trafficking. They can house up to 10 women at a time in their home in the Lansing area. They provide medical attention, clothing, food, shelter, and education for a GED.

The home is situated on 5½ acres and they need some assistance with their spring yard clean-up. A group of volunteers from our church will car pool there on Saturday, April 17. We will leave our church at 9:15 am, work from 10 am-2 pm, and return before 3 pm. If you are interested in joining our group of volunteers please click on the icon below or contact the office at 810-629-7801 or office@ffpc.org

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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.

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