Plymouth Church supports the following groups, in an on-going manner, throughout the year and in many ways:
Foods Resource Bank (FRB) And Global Mission Continue
For the past 10 years, Plymouth Church has joined with Salem-Magley UCC to support the goal of Foods Resource Bank (FRB). The FRB mission is to assist people in developing nations grow their own food. Our involvement in this program was initiated by Doug and Gale Cunningham and has been continually supported by you, our Plymouth friends. Your generosity in giving to FRB has directly improved the lives of thousands of people, moving them from subsistence to surplus agriculture.
The FRB organization was founded in 1999, and has positively and dramatically impacted over one million people. FRB's success has been achieved by focusing on the objectives: long term food security, serving people where they live, and working in tandem to organize and identify local needs/priorities, and assets.This approach has been highly successful and has yielded such life changing projects as building water storage facilities, development of new improved seeds and crops as well as improved farming techniques and animal husbandry efforts. FRB also grants micro-loans to fund improvement and start up projects at the local level. FRB provides partnerships and resources to help the people help themselves, resulting in a dramatic improvement in communities and lives often mired in poverty.
So, what is to come as Plymouth and Salem UCC enter our 11th year of supporting Foods Resource and this important global mission? We, the FRB committee want to continue to share stories and highlights from countries and communities where FRB has made a difference in the lives of our brother and sisters. We hope you will continue the caring and giving of the past 10 years, ($120,538) that has made FRB the successful mission that it has become.
We would ask that you prayerfully consider a contribution to continue what has become a very real "global mission" at Plymouth. Any amount, any contribution is appreciated and can help sustain a family for a lifetime and community for generations to come.
In 1993, Cedars HOPE, Inc. opened as an Innovative housing concept in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The concept was the result of a study conducted by a group of individuals concerned about the rising number of homeless women in Fort Wayne. Through their research they discovered that older women with a serious mental illness were over-represented in the homeless population and that they could benefit from supportive permanent housing. Cedars HOPE, Inc. continues as the only permanent housing program in our area serving homeless women with a serious mental illness. Our Mission: Cedars HOPE, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization serving homeless women living with serious mental illness by offering permanent:
Housing * Opportunities for growth and companionship * Personal support * Encouragement towards independence
Stable housing is the first step towards managing the debilitating symptoms of mental illness. In addition to ending episodes of homelessness for our residents and the associated cost to the community, their psychiatric emergencies are virtually eliminated. Cedars HOPE programs are the only of their kind in our community, providing the permanence and feeling of home so critically needed to maintain stability in the lives of those who are homeless and living with mental illness.
Cedars HOPE is dedicated to providing permanent living arrangements for women living with moderate to severe mental illness. Cedars HOPE helps to reduce the social and financial burden of the cycle of homelessness of one of the most vulnerable populations – single women with mental illness.
Rising Stars FWCS (Study Connection)
Begun in 2010, Rising Stars is providing tangible and educational support to students and their families with the mission of building a stronger, more progressive-thinking, caring community. With the help of Associated Churches’ staff, churches and organizations discover ways to be build a wide variety of relationships and support our public schools.
Fort Wayne Pride has a diverse audience with people of all ages, backgrounds, and sexualities. Thousands of people flock to Headwaters Park in July for the two day event. Over the years, Pride has grown from a festival with 100 in attendance to over 5,000.
The Positive Resource Center (formerly Aids Task Force) of Northeast Indiana
The mission of the Positive Resource Center in northeast Indiana is to help improve the quality of life for men, women, and children with HIV and AIDS, to educate the community in order to decrease the incidence of HIV and STD infection, and to increase public's understanding of and compassionate response to HIV and AIDS.
People of faith working together to support and enrich the lives of Fort Wayne’s central city residents. In 2011, Wellspring directly impacted the lives of 3,396 individuals through its direct service programs, with its Food Bank and Clothing Bank.
Diaper Drive For Just Neighbors--A HUGE Success!
Many thanks to all of you who brought in diapers for Just Neighbors IHN these past few weeks!! Over 1,369 diapers were delivered to some very happy staff at the Just Neighbors office recently. Their stock of diapers was completely exhausted. Your very generous contributions will keep them covered for a while, literally! We can always count on Plymouth people to answer the call to help others.
Thanks to Just Neighbors IHN Volunteers!
We have just concluded another week of hosting at Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network , the only shelter in Fort Wayne that houses families all together in need of temporary shelter. So many good meals were provided by the following Plymouth people: Barbara Bugg, Sandy Moliere, Gale Cunningham, Gail McKinnon, Clare Walter, Carole Green, Mary Spath, Lois Steere, Lucy Hess, Roger Eversole, Nada O’Neal, Ahnee Conner, Mary Ellen Argus, Jim and Diane Lasley, Mary Ann and Jim Sidell, Jan Younger, Anne Hughes, Sally Felger and Becky Hollingsworth. Children’s activities were provided by Jan Gibson and Ann Hughes several evenings. There are always so many comments about the wonderful food as well as the variety that is provided by the Plymouth volunteers when we host.
We will be hosting again in 2016 most likely in January. I will post the date as soon as the new schedule is published later this fall. So be thinking of all those comfort foods that can warm a person’s body and soul on a cold winter evening. Many, many thanks for being such a generous and caring people!
ICMEP has as its Mission: "to promote critical awareness of issues that impact a just peace in the Middle East and to facilitate intercultural and interreligious encounters locally and globally." They we host a variety of educational programs throughout the year, have a web site that lists resources for those who are interested in reading Middle East media and books about the Middle East and participate as a group and as individuals in opportunities for education and study throughout the area.
Founded in 2003 to promote and spread the word about the many outreach ministries of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem to build hope and a brighter future for Palestine. BSB provides funding and support to local initiatives serving the educational, medical, professional and spiritual development needs of people living in Christ's birthplace.