For some mothers in our community, Sunday was just another day. And being honored on Mother’s Day certainly wasn’t expected. This was true for the moms at the women’s and children’s shelter. But, this past Sunday a few members from Heartland took a couple of hours out of their evening to spend time helping these mothers have a happy mother’s day.
The group met at the shelter to prepare a special meal for these ladies and their children. After dinner, the moms were given hand made gifts that the children had made for them earlier in the day.
It may not seem like much, but small acts of service such as this help bring a little bit of happiness to the lives of others.
Our third Hillcrest apartment is complete! Thank you to the Hillcrest Care Group who came together on Sunday nights painting, cleaning and organizing the apartment. A special thank you goes out to all our members who donated furniture, bedding, towels, sheets and kitchen items to make this apartment a place someone can call home as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Below are some before and after photos showing what our congregation accomplished. Because of this work we now have the opportunity to share the Gospel with more families in our community!
It has been a busy three months with our Hillcrest Ministry.
In late January, the Hillcrest Care Group began working on a third apartment. The group has made repairs to the unit, painted the walls and cleaned the carpets and the kitchen. Now the process of collecting furnishings to complete the unit is under way. If you have any of the items listed here please let us know so we can get this unit ready for a new family.
January and February saw two of our families graduate. Misty, a single mother with two boys, completed the three month program. She worked with a budget counselor and paid off her debts and found an apartment that she could call her own. Then in February, Cindy graduated from Hillcrest. Cindy worked hard and paid off her debts and saved enough money to put down a deposit on an apartment which she moved into a couple of weeks later. Cindy has been studying with our members and has become a regular at our Bible classes and church services.
With the graduation of Cindy and Misty we gained two new families.
In our first unit is a mother of two daughters who is working full time and saving money, while paying off much of her debt. Her daughters are happy to be in a stable environment that is predictable for them. She is happy for her daughters to see first hand how budgeting is vital in making the difference in their life.
In our second unit is a man who has been working hard at two part time jobs and paying off debt. He is proud to be at Hillcrest and to be around positive influences to impact his life. The strong support of his budget counselor and have made this young man feel empowered.
You can be more involved in this ministry by donating gently used household furnishings, preparing a meal for one of our families or by volunteering to write cards of encouragement to these families as they go through this program. Let David Scott or Mark Stanley know if you would like to help.
This past year has been an exciting time for our Hillcrest Transitional Housing outreach program. Our congregation has taken two apartments, cleaned and furnished them and helped four homeless families get back on their feet. One of our members has had the opportunity to start a Bible study with a current resident while other members have volunteered their time helping these families with budgeting their finances or giving rides to our church services. It is exciting to see the work we can do spreading the Gospel right here in our community.
About two weeks ago the opportunity to adopt another apartment presented itself. The care group that meets at the Hillcrest property decided we have the time and resources to meet this request. We can all help by donating gently used items in order to furnish this apartment. Below is a list of items that we need to begin collecting in order to see this project through:
- Kitchen Table and Chairs
- Coffee Maker
- Toaster Oven
- 6 cereal bowls
- Electric Hand Mixer
- Can Opener
- Paper Towel Holder
- Wall Clock
- Plastic Storage Containers
- Trash Can
- Sofa or Sofa Sleeper
- Wall Decorations (Pictures)
- Table Lamps
- DVD Player
- Book Shelf
- Full Size Bed, Sheets and Pillows
- Wall Mirror
- Bed Side Table
- Alarm Clock
- Table Lamp
- Clothes Hangers
- 3 Sets of Twin Size Sheets
- 2 Pillows & 2 Mattress Protectors
- Children’s Books, Puzzles, Games
- Clothes Hangers
- Wall Decorations (Posters or Pictures)
- Towels, Hand Towels and Wash Cloths
- Shower Curtain, Liner and Rod
- Floor Mats
We’d like to have the apartment ready for a new family by the first week in March. If you would like to donate any of the items above or if you would rather provide a monetary donation please see David Scott, Todd Blackwell, or Mark Stanley.