Serving - Housing and Homelessness

For more information about any of these ministries, contact Colette Gibson, hornung107@triad.rr.com.

Barnabas Network        
www.thebarnabasnetwork.org

The Barnabas Network is a nonprofit organization supported by local faith communities that offers encouragement, furniture, job training, and transportation to families taking steps toward self-sufficiency.  Families & Individuals Served Include: victims of fires, families moving from homelessness, mothers and children fleeing domestic violence, families and individuals recovering from a major setback.

Our furniture is donated by individuals in the community and is then redistributed to our clients. Our philosophy of reuse, recycle, and refurbish benefits the entire community by providing furnishings to those in need and keeping these items out of the landfill.

 

Community Housing Solutions  
http://chshousing.org/

Community Housing Solutions’ mission is to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low-income households in Guilford County, NC . We are restoring hope and dignity to our neighbors and neighborhoods by working towards the elimination of substandard housing.

 

Disaster Relief / Mission Trips  
www.ldr.org 

First Lutheran Church has sent members to Costa Rica and the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in association with Lutheran Disaster Response.

We have also had numerous members go to Honduras with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In 2016 we had a group participate in a Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity trip to Nicaragua.

 

Family Shelter at the YWCA
1807 East Wendover Avenue, Greensboro NC 27405

The YWCA Greensboro Family Shelter program provides shelter, food, case management and holistic support for families experiencing homelessness.  Each family develops a plan to achieve educational goals, optimal health, financial stability, pay off debts and save money to move into permanent housing.  Shelter residents benefit from interaction with staff and community volunteers, who model effective parenting skills and assist parents as needed in looking up resources, thinking through decisions and problem solving.

Website: http://ywcagsonc.org/  Under header "What we do" - select Family shelter

 

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro     
www.Habitatgreensboro.org

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro is a Christian ministry that brings together people of all faiths to build quality, affordable homes and thriving neighborhoods where families can build better lives.

2017 Habitat Building on Faith

Thanks to the Endowment committee for approving a $2,500 grant which will enable First Lutheran to participate in this year’s Building on Faith program. Various congregations in Greensboro have pooled their resources in order to fund the building of a Habitat house this year.  We will be kicking off the build on Saturday June 10, 2017. See schedule below.  Spaces are limited (there are ~30 churches participating). So sign up early.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Colette Gibson to sign up or for more information on how you can be part of this very important ministry.

Hornung107@triad.rr.com or 336-856-7481

Habitat Building on Faith 2017 Work Chart

We support Habitat in the following ways:

  • Thanks to Endowment grants for the past 3 years, we have been able to join 30+ other congregations in this endeavor.
  • We provided monetary support and workers.     
  • We also work with Habitat on an as needed basis throughout the year.
  • We also have a team that provides lunches for the work crews approximately 4 times a year.
  • For more information on our lunch ministry, please contact Jean Reitzel  sheshell46@yahoo.com
  • We sell Habitat Honor cards during the holidays.

 

Homerun 4 Homelessness   
www.partnersendinghomelessness.org/homerun.

Home run for Homelessness is a community celebration designed to commemorate the implementation of Guilford County’s Ten Year Plan to end chronic homelessness. The event will help to promote public awareness of the Partners Ending Homelessness and increase Guilford County citizens’ overall knowledge about homelessness in our community.

 

Honor Cards  During the Christmas holiday season we help support the following agencies through the sale of their organizations Honor Cards:

  • Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Interactive Resource Center
  • Out of the Garden Project / Operation Backpack

 

HUGS (Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks)

During the Fall/Winter season we collect these items to be shared with organizations working with the local homeless population.

 

Interactive Resource Center (IRC)   
www.gsodaycenter.org

The Interactive Resource Center assists people who are homeless, recently homeless or facing homelessness reconnect with their own lives and with the community at large. We offer showers, laundry facilities, computers, phone, resume writing and much more.

Hours :  The IRC is open 365 days a year

               Monday - Friday 8am - 3pm

               Saturday & Sunday 8am - 2pm

We assist the IRC through monetary donations, donations of personal care items i.e.: shampoo, soap, shaving cream, razors, laundry soap and other personal care items. Several members of our church also volunteer their time and talents at the IRC including members serving on the board.

 

Partners Ending Homelessness 
partnersendinghomelessness.org

Partners Ending Homelessness encourages public understanding of the causes and conditions of homelessness and leads a strong and stable system of care for individuals and families to reduce homelessness in Guilford County. Partners Ending Homelessness serves as the planning and coordinating organization for homeless service delivery in Guilford County. The Partnership is responsible for actively implementing, evaluating and updating Guilford County's Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and serves as the lead agency for Guilford County's federally designated Continuum of Care. The organization is a groundbreaking, collaborative partnership that includes over 200 community partners that work to generate housing, strengthen prevention and supportive service efforts, and increase coordination, collaboration and access through the continuum of care in our community.

 

TPS (Toilet Paper, Paper towels and Soap)

First Lutheran partners with other faith communities and groups to provide TPS (Tissue, Paper, Soap) for households moving from homelessness to housing. Typically, members of a household may receive food stamps, but these do not cover items such as toilet paper, paper towels, bath soap, dishwashing detergent or laundry detergent.

First Lutheran provides the space to store these kind of items, and Ann Shaw, a community volunteer, coordinates the distribution of about 15 boxes of these items monthly through Psychotherapeutic Services, a member of Partners Ending Homelessness, which is the umbrella group of agencies working to end homelessness in Guilford County.
Contributions of items or financial donations are always needed and welcome. A box to provide a three-month supply usually costs about $40. Please bring items to Frank Moore's office or the Mission Depot. Or, checks can be made to First Lutheran and put "TPS" on memo line. For more details, contact Ann Shaw, annemma62@gmail.com.

 

 

Winter Shelter – Men

 SHELTER HELPERS NEEDED:  First Lutheran is working with West Market St. United Methodist Church to provide a warm, safe shelter for men on Monday nights through March 27.  Help is needed with check-in/registration, preparing meals or serving meals. Also, we need men to stay overnight and work with a staff person. Click here for a job description of overnight volunteer duties. Sign-up sheets will be in the Community Center.  Great opportunity for a Sunday school class, Women’s circle, Small group activity or individuals. Please call Colette Gibson, hornung107@triad.rr.com, 856-7481 for information on how you can help.  

Also, it takes about $50 for the men to wash clothes on Monday nights. Please put quarters, if possible, or spare change, in a container in Frank Moore’s office.

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We work with West Market Street United Methodist Church assisting them with their Weaver Extension shelter. We are assigned to Monday nights. We are responsible for providing personnel to check in residents, providing dinner and having an individual (male) to stay overnight with a staff person to oversee the shelter. We also have provided monetary donations to assist with costs associated with their laundry night, we’ve donated supplies personal care items.

 

Winter Emergency Shelters – Women  

FLC serves once a month during the winter months in which the women's winter is operational.  We greet the guests, prepare and serve a meal and make breakfast bags to them to take with in the morning.