Save Our Soup Kitchen's Home!
Our home, First Congregational Church, is facing major financial obstacles...
For over eight years, First Congregational Church of Wyandotte has housed Waynewright Community Meals (aka the Wyandotte Soup Kitchen - see below for more information) and many other vibrant community outreach programs. Despite numberous struggles, including financial hardships and the sudden loss of a young minister, we have continue to serve our community through services such as hosting the CROP Walk, Christnet Homeless Shelter Ministry, Wyandotte Police Department Chaplaincy services, material aid to community members, Salvation Army Food Pantry,
Salvation Army Mitten Tree Project, Thanksgiving Basket Project, Detroit Soup Kitchen, Heifer International, Christmas Gift project to neighboring schools, free monthly children's activities, an annual free neighborhood carnival, a free weekly vacation Bible school, and support of other national and local organizations.
We are a small group, but our commitment to the greater community is far-reaching and based in altruism and compassion.
Now we have found ourselves in our hour of need. We have begun to truly feel the impact of years of struggling to maintain an aging building, and a recent emergency repair to our sanctuary will all but drain our dwindling funds. We are at a critical point in our mission where we will have to face the bleak possibility of closing our doors, and in turn, closing our doors to the many ministries we support. Without support for First Congregational Church of Wyandotte, the Wyandotte Soup Kitchen will esentially become homeless.
We recognize that many in our support network choose not to affiliate with organized religious groups, or that our countless volunteers come from other church or faith organizations that also need extensive support. In the past, we have always kept a separate line item of all funds in an effort to allow our donors the option to soley support the soup kitchen. However, we know that our fate is deeply intertwined with First Conregational Church's fate. If the church does not raise critical funds, we will be forced to close our doors.
What is Waynewright Community Meals?!?!?
Free Community Meals for All - Pioneering a Community of Friendship...About Waynewright Community Meals...
Our organization functions solely through the efforts of volunteers. We have no paid staff, and 100% of our (limited)funding goes toward the purchase of pantry items, paper products, utilities, and other goods related to serving meals and hosting community events.
We have an "If we have it, we give it," philosophy. During the course of each meal, we may distribute items ranging from food staples, hygiene supplies, winter gear, farm market surplus, and other goods depending on the generosity of our community.
We offer a range of community events and programming, including health screenings, cooking classes, holiday parties, social/educational events, and the distribution of goods (and good). We are always striving to become a center of community life where stories are shared, friendships are forged, and lives are enriched.
Have a Hand in our Fate...
We have great faith in the community that continues to sustain us. In countless incidents, we have handed out our last jar of peanut butter only to have a stranger arrive moments later to fill our shelves. Today, we are hoping that you will be part of a movement to provide our greater rescue.
No act is too small as we strive to keep the doors open at First Congreational Church. For years, we have been stitched together by a menagerie of threads, some of them taut and strong, and some of them ragged and frayed. All of these efforts, both large and seemingly small, have collectively led us to weave a strong net of safety for those enduring danger, hardship, and heartache. We hope that you will help us to repair the tatters and snares that threaten this ministry, and allow us to keep our mission strong.
We are certain our important work is not yet finished, and that the work we do has true value to our sisters and brothers in the greater community. We hope that our community will respond in kind!
We also welcome your help in the form of insights, prayers, and suggestions as we embark on this journey! Many thanks in advance!
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