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HOMELESS MINISTRY AT
THE DECATUR SHELTER
A large portion of the families that arrive at the shelter have little more than clothing that they can carry with them.
The Mission Commission recently gifted the shelter residents with money from our Pentecost Offering to help provide clothing and school supplies for children in residence there.
The Van Buren Intermediate School District also donated back packs filled with school supplies that we were able to pick up and deliver to shelter supervisors.
Ceiling fans with light fixtures had been purchased for the four resident units in the Homeless Shelter in Decatur. The fans that were previously in the units were not functioning properly and with summer coming they were in high demand. Three fans came from our congregation.
We thank the Presbyterian Women’s Association for their gift of the purchase of two of these fans. Installation required a licensed electrician and we were blessed to have Mike Kusmack (husband of Andrea) donate the time and talent of his company to do the work. Our deep gratitude goes to Kusmack Electric of Decatur for their generous gift.
Operators of the shelter are grateful for the continued support from our church and wish all to know of their appreciation.
The Pentecost offering collected received in May totaled to $645. Pentecost Offering supports programs for at risk youth and other denominational youth programs. Forty percent of the offering returns to the local church for youth related programs. This year Session chose to support the Homeless Shelter and the Youth Triennium with our portion.
Thanks to the many who contributed this year.
The Homeless Shelter in Decatur continues to be a place that we support with human and financial resources. Recently the needs for hands on projects have been few but the ever present need for financial support remains.
We have a limited budget for that but we were able to deliver $240 for back to school purchases for resident children through our Pentecost Offering. Presently all four rooms in the shelter are occupied.
The commission wishes to again thank our congregation for their generous giving.