Outreach – Loving our Community

     Matthew 22:39-40 “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
     Jesus commands that we reach out to people in our local area, region, and the world to share the Gospel and His love.
     Food for thought…
     PCUSA news quote – “Christians cannot ‘ignore or postpone’ their witness to Jesus Christ,” Adeney insisted. “All sorts of groups can do relief, development, and advocacy,” she said, “but only Christians can witness to the saving power of Jesus Christ – the surest prescriptions for health and wholeness.”

Family Promise of Kingsport  (temporary housing for homeless families)

     Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) (now called Family Promise) is an organization that helps families in need of shelter and food. We host families in turn with other congregations in the area, providing a warm place to sleep and food to eat.
     If you want to be part of our IHN Outreach at WRPC, we always need meals prepared, Karen always needs volunteers to host for an evening or overnight, and Judi can always use helpers for setup (or, even more needed, takedown) And yes, prayers are always needed.
     Volunteers are needed each time we host to:
  • Prepare meals for our guests (especially dinners). Contact John for more information.
  • Serve as evening and overnight hosts. Contact Karen for more information.
  • Set up and take down the “city.” Contact Judi for more information. 
     The IHN Wish List: paper plates, plastic cutlery, antiseptic wipes, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, Kleenex®, toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, hair brushes.
 
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Week of July 13, 2016
Bags     People
   

Apr 2014

305      

853

May 2014

299

781

Jun 2014

318

885

Apr 2015

216

557

May 2015

277

734

Jun 2015

242

645

Apr 2016

230

616

May 2016

205

557

Jun 2016

194

552

 

 

Food Pantry

The chart at left is a comparison showing the number of bags distributed and number of people represented in the receiving families over a span of three years. We are hopeful the decrease continues to be an indicator of an improving economy.
 
Thank you for helping us to be the hands of Christ on Waverly Road! 
 
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Oasis
     The Oasis is a Christ-centered women’s day center providing encouragement, support and programs that promote confidence & self sufficiency.
     We serve Kingsport and the surrounding area. The program’s focus is to bridge the gap in existing local programs and services by providing a warm, safe and encouraging space to do laundry, gain education and skills that will provide better and healthier choices and self sufficiency.
     It is an interdenominational, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization created to provide all woman with an open, welcoming and safe place to gain and build community while using basic services that educate and empower them for independent living in a Christ-centered way.
     The basic services we provide are laundry facilities, showers, as well as life skills, education and culture activities that involve art, music and a warm and accepting space.
     Our client base is low-income women who need a safe place to feel that they are respected and encouraged while having access to what many of our participants would consider a luxury – clean clothes and personal hygiene.
     It is open Monday – Friday 8 am to 3 pm. Men are not allowed in the building during operating hours. Boys under 10 years of age may come in. Guests may wash and dry 2 loads of laundry each day for a quarter a load, with the facility providing all laundry supplies.
     Women may take a shower and the Oasis will provide towels and toiletries. Devotions are scheduled throughout the day.
     The mission of the Oasis is to provide self-sufficiency to low-income women in the Kingsport area by providing laundry facilities and education that build life skills, teaches healthy living concepts, improves parenting and self-esteem-the core qualities that make for stable and successful families and individuals. We want to bridge the gap that currently exists in existing social services and local ministries.
     LEAD, LEARN, LOVE AND LAUGH Our mission invites all people to walk together on a spiritual journey seeking understanding of God’s creation through the grace and love of Jesus Christ.
     Ours is a tradition of small group camping with a big group plan. We want campers to embark on a journey of the mind, body and spirit. It’s a journey that requires a knapsack that we supply with independence, self-reliance, curiosity, creativity, and faith. We learn to work together, play together and, best of all, we learn to pray, sing, and worship together. We furnish minds and bodies with skills essential to both social and character development with an emphasis on Christian values.
     We don’t preach, we engage. We don’t threaten, we encourage. We don’t discriminate, we include. We don’t judge, we love. We are about being positive and optimistic as we rise to meet the challenges of the new day. We walk a path toward discovery and enlightenment. We seek to embrace God’s boundless gifts and share them with all people.
OUR CORE VALUES:
  • Recognize and extend God’s gracious acceptance to all people as they are.
  • Offer informative programs and safe activities designed to stimulate creativity, inspire thought, and value God’s creation.
  • Remain open to the Holy Spirit especially through service, leadership, and worship.
  • Nurture, support, and challenge individuals and the community to mature spiritually.
 
     Since the beginning of Kingsport City Schools Homeless Education Program in 1995-1996, Kingsport has had an increasing number of students who fit the homeless criteria as established by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Tennessee State Plan. The following are some services offered by the program: 
  • Expedite school enrollment and assist with the transfer of school records
  • Arrange tutoring, enrichment activities and transportation as needed
  • Provide essential school supplies and clothing needed for a specific class
  • Act as a referral source and coordinate services between the schools and agencies to meet the students’ various needs, as well as the needs of their families
  • Provide information to parents and unaccompanied youth regarding their children’s education rights as homeless individuals and the resources available to them
WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
     Kingsport City Schools encourages individuals and organizations to volunteer their time or donate supplies to community agencies that assist families in need. The KCS Homeless Education Program accepts donations of school supplies, non-perishable food items, hygiene items, and new children’s books to distribute to the students in the program.