Mission of the Month
Family Promise of Kandiyohi County
Our Mission of the month for July is Family Promise of Kandiyohi County. As many of you are aware, our church has been a constant support to the mission of helping the homeless since the seeds were planted in more than seven years ago. As you know we have had some ups and downs in the growth and development of this program. Realigning our image of what the homeless population looks like in our county. Of course the most recent challenge has been the meeting the needs of the families of Family Promise in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the social upheaval. But….we have carried on our carefully planned rotation of churches and had to change to keep the Covid-19 virus from affecting everyone. Our church has been the home of the families of Family Promise since this all started. The rotation churches have continued to provide the meals and snacks. A very safe plan of delivering the meals to the families. There are no visitors permitted to the day center, we need to limit the possibility of exposure of our guests and our own congregation. But the support of each and every one is needed. Support in general hygiene products (such as shampoo/conditioners), female hygiene items, diapers, size 8 quality work shoes, and housing goods. Perhaps a place you have or are aware of that might be a shelter space for the short or long term. Financial support is always welcomed. If you are not a sustaining supporter, you may start. You will find the information at the Family Promise Kandiyohi County website or call the Director. The current guest count is five adults and seven children, Mom with kids, Mom and Dad with one child. Single female. Most of the adults are working and are getting close to their own housing. Please join in and offer your help and support as you are able. Matthew 25: vs 45 “I assure you that when you have not done it for one of the least of these, you have not done it for me….
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Family Promise of Kandiyohi County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which finds its origin from a national organization stemming from Summit, New Jersey. We are one of approximately 200 affiliates found in 43 states and Washington D.C. FPKC has partnered with 12 local congregations (and 13 support churches) to provide shelter, meals and hospitality to homeless families within the Willmar/Kandiyohi County area. Our goal is to do whatever we can to assist homeless families gain emergency shelter, daily meals, and partner with local agencies to equip families with the skills they need overcome homelessness. We believe that families need a “hand up,” not just a “hand out.”
Check out more of what Family Promise is and offers at their website:
We, at the First Presbyterian Church, have placed a Blessing Box at the front of our church at 316 Sixth Street SW in downtown Willmar and we are seeking donations from you and others to help our brothers and sisters in need. The following is a list of suggested supplies: Food items (non-perishable) -- canned goods, soup mix, cake mix, rice, cereal, noodles, peanut butter, snacks, ramen/instant meals, Hamburger Helper, mac & cheese, fruit, vegetables, bread/buns, baking items, condiments, coffee, juice boxes, seasoning items, crackers. Personal hygiene -- toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap, lotion, toilet paper, feminine products, tissue, Q-tips. Baby/child items -- diapers, wipes, baby food, baby cereal, pacifier, powder, lotion, bottles, powder formula. Misc. items -- pens/pencils, paper, seasonal items, gloves,books, small toys, gift items. Prohibited items -- home-baked goods, expired opened goods, alcohol, tobacco, sharp objects.
Every Second Wednesday of the Month (during the school year) our Mission Committee donates, makes, and provides a meal during the lunch hours (11-1:30) for students at Ridgewater College in the Ministry Department of the college!! The Mission Commitee is always willing to have volunteers to help out each month if available!! If so, contact the church office for more details.
Meals on Wheels
The First Presbyterian Church of Willmar we help out with Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since the first known U.S. delivery by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.4 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country. If you would like to sign up to help deliver Meals on Wheels, contact the church office.