Each month Old Stone Church designates one mission partner as our focus of the month.
All loose change in the offering plate that month will go toward the selected project.
Mission Focus for August 2016
Homeless Stand Down
The Cleveland Homeless Stand Down started in the early 1990s, and we were the first host city in the United States to include both veteran and non-veteran homeless individuals. There are many various social service providers and hundreds of volunteers who work on this project every year. Items typically given out include hygiene kits, bagged lunches, bus tickets, clothing and other essentials for those who live on the streets. Healthcare is a cornerstone of the Stand Down with check-ups, eye care, podiatry and breast cancer screenings featured yearly. There are also haircuts available and a hot lunch is served. The Stand Down usually serves between 500 and 1800 people every year.
We are once again packing hygiene kits for the Homeless Stand Down, which will take place in January 2017. Our goal this year is to pack 225 kits. The following items are needed to complete the kits (we have already exceeded our goal on toothbrushes):
- bar soap
- shaving cream/gel
- men’s deodorant
Full-sized, not travel-sized bottles, are requested. Items can be dropped off at the church office.
Food Pantry Item of the Month
5 oz. canned tuna
On Friday mornings (except the first Friday of the month) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Old Stone operates a food pantry. Like other food centers, our demand has been increasing dramatically over the past few months. As unemployment benefits run out, foreclosures and layoffs continue, the demand here will rise. Your donations of food on Sunday help us reach more needy people. Just imagine what we could do if every person who came to worship brought one can of our targeted food once a month. Now think about what could be done if everyone brought one can each Sunday – just one can. That might mean anywhere from 200 to 800 cans of tuna, or peas or spaghetti sauce.