CWS School Kit Assembly at Greater Lansing CROP Hunger Walk

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The Greater Lansing CROP Hunger Walk included a hands-on activity of assembling CWS School Kits to the Walk Day activities. After going through registration, Walk participants were guided to a line of tables with boxes of school kit items. Each participant took a school bag and walked down the line adding school items to the bags as directed. A total … Read More

Enter to worship, depart to serve

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Snippet below was posted with author permissions and originally submitted by Karen Cernich through the Missourian online publication; full content available here. The words hanging over the doorway leading in and out of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at the corner of Fifth and Market streets in Downtown Washington say it all: “Enter to Worship,” “Depart to Serve.” “That … Read More

CWS School Kits make back to school season brighter in Ohio

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On the first day of school each year, lots of parents post photos of their children wearing new clothes, sporting a new backpack and smiling for the camera. For some families living in poverty, though, buying school supplies for the first day of school can be a challenge. Franklinton is an urban neighborhood west of downtown Columbus, Ohio. According to … Read More

When tornadoes hit, Ohio congregations receive support from the same organization they had supported: CWS

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On the evening of Memorial Day, a group of 15 tornadoes touched down in western Ohio. Sweeping through with winds as powerful as 165 miles per hour, the tornadoes smashed homes, blowing out windows and peeling away roofs. They caused extensive damage in Trotwood, Harrison Township, Dayton, Beavercreek and Celina. Some of the heaviest damage happened in Trotwood, where the … Read More

CWS Kit Ministry in Southern Ohio

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The Brethren Disaster Ministries of the Southern Ohio District was formed in the early 1970’s by several Church of the Brethren congregations throughout western and southern Ohio.  This ministry was started with the understanding that natural disasters can destroy communities and devastate families in a matter of moments. The Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) works to help the most vulnerable survivors … Read More

CWS School Kits, Hygiene Kits and Blankets bring comfort to Northeast Tennessee

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Note: This post was originally published on the CWS blog. Nestled along the Appalachian Mountains, the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency is in the heart of poverty-ridden America. UETHDA serves Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. Teams in each of the agency’s nine Neighborhood Service Centers work daily to help clients overcome the daily hardships … Read More

CWS Kits and Blankets help wildfire victims recover in California

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Note: This post was originally published on the CWS blog. The residents of southern California are accustomed to wildfires during the summer.  But this summer was different. The fires were more intense. A record-setting heat wave, coupled with moderate winds, sparked brush fires across southern California that destroyed homes and forced thousands to evacuate. Not knowing whether their homes would … Read More

You Know it When you See it

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Everyone – staff and clients — at Episcopal Community Health Services, known as ECHOS, in southwest Houston know it when they see it. Cathy Moore, ECHOS Director, and her staff know that people who come to ECHOS are trying to stabilize and improve their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Even now, months after the storm, folks are rebuilding … Read More

Bringing hope through blankets in eastern Kentucky

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Kentucky may be in the south, but that doesn’t prevent the state from experiencing extreme bouts of cold in the winter, particularly in the evenings when it frequently drops below freezing. This is particularly difficult for those who are experiencing homelessness. WestCare Kentucky Emergency Shelter in Pikeville is described by director Anna Coleman as Pikeville’s “…best kept secret” since many … Read More

Clean up bucket collaboration puts more than 1000 kits in the hands of hurricane victims

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United Church of Christ congregations across the country are collaborating with other churches, businesses and organizations around emergency clean-up buckets, to make sure the much-needed supplies get to the people who need them in Texas, Florida and beyond. Just this week, more than 1,000 five-gallon buckets, valued at more than $75 each, were or will be transported from Illinois, New … Read More