CWS partner congregations in Everett, Wash. give blankets and hope to communities

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On any given week, The First Presbyterian Church in Everett, Washington welcomes over 150 community members into its sanctuary. But it’s not for Sunday morning service. They’re here for a different purpose and for good reason—to eat. “There’s a mixed journey here; people who have been abused, have addiction issues or people who just can’t make ends meet,” shares Jay … Read More

That Feeling When Neighbors Come Together

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“We are located in an area that is very young and wealthy, but the wealth can mask poverty. There are a lot of working poor families that come to get food. I have had people say to me that they can now pay the bills since they received food here,” says Pastor Sharon Schulze, co-founder of Parktown Food Hub in … Read More

Hope During Tough Times for a Community in New York

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Many families in Jamaica, New York, are struggling to put nutritious food on the table and pay bills. In the early 2000s, attorney Elizabeth Ozo-Onyali started to notice how her neighbors needed help. They needed HOPE. And, in 2005, Project Hope Charities was born. They provide a variety of community programs that fight hunger, help families overcome poverty, empower youth … Read More

CWS Blankets and Hygiene Kits for asylum seekers in New Jersey

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The CWS office in Jersey City is full of hope. Everyone who walks through our doors—or, during this time of pandemic, talks to our staff on the phone or through a video call—is hopeful for the future. They have hope for their children, for their families and for the new, safe life they are building here in New Jersey. Our … Read More

CWS Kits and Blankets Provide Hope to New York City

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The world has been turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic – many organizations are having to change their entire programs while maintaining their purpose: trying to help those in need. One example is The Bowery Mission in New York City. The Bowery Mission has been around for 140 years, staying open during the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, … Read More

CWS Hygiene Kits in Houston, Texas

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“We’re doing the best we can,” said Cathy Moore, Executive Director of ECHOS (Epiphany Community Health Outreach), in Houston, Texas.  ECHOS is a partner of Church World Service.  ECHOS connects people in need with health, social and educational resources in the metropolitan Houston area. Earlier this month, there were long lines of people waiting in cars at the ECHOS food … Read More

CWS Blankets and Kits Provide Comfort in San Diego

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With the weather changing, San Diego may feel warm during the day, but at night it is cold and blustery – especially for those who have to sleep without shelter. Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) hopes to help keep individuals who are homeless, warm during the bitter nights this winter and CWS Blankets helps them help others. Founded in 1972, … Read More

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