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Spirit of Hope...Where Faith and Life Come Together

 

 Living Our Faith

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 The kids of Spirit of Hope are collecting quarters for Heifer project . Heifer International's mission is to :

Bring an End to World Hunger Through Unimaginable Blessings

Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.
Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses. And our quarters help make that happen.

The tube of quarters our kids are currently working on will go toward a water buffalo in our Heifer Ark!

Want to help more? See http://www.heifer.org/

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JOB: Justice Overcoming Borders

Making a Difference Together!

JOB (Justice Overcoming Borders) is a coalition of faith communities in the Stateline area organizing together for justice that we might have a voice in the issues that are affecting our   communities. By uniting together, JOB seeks to build a strong grassroots organization capable of negotiating the interests of the people of our region with a special concern for the involvement and issues of low and moderate-income people. Congregations are invited to join bringing their cultural strengths and values to the common effort.

Tom Boswell, organizer-  tomboswell2002@yahoo.com -  608-882-0758

http://www.gamaliel.org/Job/DEFAULT.htm

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Hands of Faith

 (608) 363-0683

"Lord, when did we see you a stranger and welcome you into our homes or naked and clothe you?  When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?  I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me."  Matthew 25: 40

Mission Statement

We, Hands of Faith, an interfaith community, resolve to lessen the burdens of our brothers and sisters by raising their hope and dignity. 

We strive to help the members of our community meet their primary needs, while helping them find the resources necessary to become integral members of our society. 

How Does Hands of Faith Work?

Families are Screened.  Families are screened by the Day Center director, Jeff Hoyt, before they are accepted into the program.  His office is at the YMCA in Beloit.

The families spend the evenings in churches in the Beloit area, one week at a time from Sunday evening to Sunday morning. 

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The families are welcomed to the Host Church on Sunday evening at about 5 PM.  They leave by 7:00 AM every morning.  The Host Church supplies the evening meal for 7 days.  Their sleeping space is left "intact" for the week so they have a space of their own.  The beds are purchased by Hands of Faith and are moved each week to the next Host Church.  The church provides a light breakfast and a bag lunch for each person each day.  At 7 AM a van takes the families from the church to the Day Center.  HOF is grateful to the Our Savior's Lutheran Church for offering space for the Day Center and the director.  During the day some adults are at work.  They need to be in the HOF program because they can't afford housing.  School age children are in school.  The Day Center director works with those in need of jobs, housing, and social service agencies.  The Day Center provides guests a base from which to look for jobs and housing. 

Around 5pm the van picks up the families from the Day Center and takes them back to the host church.  On Sunday after breakfast the beds are moved to the next host church.

 Some smaller churches have "support churches" helping them. 

If you want to be a part of this ministry you can volunteer to buy supplies, to make meals, to serve meals, to stay overnight with the guests, to drive the van, to entertain the children, to set up and clean up, etc.  Volunteer Training Sessions are held periodically throughout the year.  We will post a notice of the next training session.

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Contact First Call For Help (608) 363-8800

http://www.unitedwayjanesville.org/First-Call.aspx

For Childcare, Food and Clothing, Housing, Support Groups, Transportation, Recreation, Agency information, Legal Assistance, or Financial Assistance.

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