Charitable Contributions in 2016
In 2016 your generosity has supported grants of $66,492 to local and international charitable organizations. This money has come from your monthly donations, income from the Faith Weavers Endowment Fund. and grants from the Cebelak Foundation of Grand Rapids for Friends of El Salvador outreach.
$30,493 (46%) of Faith Weavers grants went to local charities. They are: the Association of Interfaith Ministries (AIM), Christian Counseling Services, Christmas Outreach, Connections that Count, the Goodrow Fund, the Isabella Soup Kitchen, the Isabella County Restoration House (homeless shelter), the KISS program (infant care), Listening Ear, the Mexican American Council, the Mustard Seed Shelter (for homeless women), Saginaw Survivors of Suicide, and the St. Vincent DePaul Parish Food Pantry.
$35,999 (54%) went to international charities such as the Alicia De La Cruz Fores Orphanage in Mexico, Hope for Haiti, A New Kind of Dad Program (Honduras children) and Share International (to fight sex trafficking). Also included in these grants was $28,379 to the people of El Salvador through the Friends of El Salvador Committee.
You may be familiar with some of these charities that we have supported in the past. One that we started supporting last year is the New Kind of Dad Program. We became aware of it through our Faith Weaver member, John Helinski, and Carol Gall, a member of St. Vincent DePaul Parish. Carol worked with Tim Setiff, the founder of A New Kind of Dad, to organize a trip to Honduras, and John was a member of the delegation. Faith Weavers gave money to build tables, chairs and bookcases for the Casita Copan Children’s Home.
(Members of the St. Vincent DePaul delegation and local supporters of a New Kind of Dad Program)
We gave a second grant to A New Kind of Dad for Christmas food baskets for children in the area of Ostuman, Honduras. The Faith Weavers’ grant along with support from Kerim Perdomo, a local resident, and his team of supporters, provided shoes, medicine, clothing, and 150 food baskets.
(Supplies for the children in Ostuman)
(The children of Ostuman)
Do you know of an organization that would benefit from a grant? Please contact Karen Lee at email@example.com or call (989) 772-6349 on how the charity can request funds. Alternatively, visit our website at www.faithweavers.org and click on the Community Outreach tab for a description of the charities we have supported and information on how to submit a grant request.
During the week of Sunday, February 25 thru Sunday, March 5, Faith Weavers will be assisting with the Isabella County Rotating Homeless Shelter. Again this year we are partnering with Immanuel Lutheran Church who will provide the housing in their building on Bradley. Many members of our group have already signed up to provide meals, help with set-up and clean-up, and cover evening and overnight shifts. Some are also helping with breakfast and clean-up in the morning.
The homeless shelter is typically providing overnight housing for between 18 and 22 individuals. The organization has had some success in helping clients to find more permanent housing and in putting clients in contact with other community resources that may be able to assist with specific problems.
This project provides a wonderful opportunity to truly “weave faith into life.” If you want to learn more or find out how to help, please contact Kathy Ling at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989-773-7823.
Please bring donations for the Infant Food Pantry to the March 12, 2017 Faith Weavers gathering. Baby wipes, baby wash, diaper rash cream or ointment, sippy cups and pacifiers are needed. Baby puffs (finger food for toddlers), infant rice or oatmeal cereal, 4 packs of yogurt blends, that don’t need to be refrigerated, and Mac and Cheese Complete are also needed.
Please avoid baby care products that contain the preservative methylisothiazolinone (also called methylchloroisothiazolinone). This preservative has been known to cause an allergic rash in children. Pat Sherlock, director of the Infant Pantry, said that most companies have removed it from their products. If you purchase baby products at a grocery store, Aquophor, Aveno, Huggies, and Pampers do not have the preservative. However, some of the dollar stores in town still have it in some of their baby products.
Bring your items to the St. Vincent DePaul Parish Hall before the 4:00 pm mass on March 12, 2017. A table will be setup to receive them.
Faith Weavers Directory
The Faith Weavers Directory is near completion, and we hope to send it out very soon.
Thanks to all of you who participated in this project. We appreciate your willingness to add your picture and contact information to our directory.
Special thanks to Barb and Bill Courtright for donating their time and talents to take and process photos of our members. Thanks also to Nathan Clark for doing the graphic design work and having the directory printed.
Finally, many thanks to the members of the Communication Committee, Mark Francek, Bruce Goncer, Joan Hogan, Dave Karmon, Morgan Monte, and Denny St. John. These people put in many hours planning, organizing and executing this project.
You will be sent a directory, if submitted your contact information for it. If you did not participate in this project, but would like a directory, please contact Dave Karmon at email@example.com or 989-773-6335.
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