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Generosity in the Face of Scarcity

Christ Church Cranbrook releases $30,000 to Community Non-Profits

By Father Chris Harris, Associate Rector

Among the hardest hit during this health crisis has been those who were already the most vulnerable in our communities; those who live on the margins and those whose mission is to serve them.  The homeless and the poor, for whom life is a daily challenge already, have seen the basic resources which they have come to rely upon — food, clothing, medical care — become even more scarce as the agencies which deliver them experience their own shortages of funding, donations and volunteers.  

Christ Church Cranbrook has responded by offering a weekly update on ways that each of us can serve, either from home or in the community through our various community partners — as well as a dedicated webpage linked on our Church at Home webpage  that is updated each week.  

This week, Christ Church Cranbrook is pleased to announce that our Vestry has approved the release of $30,000 from our Mission and Outreach budget to send immediate financial relief to our Community Partners who have begun responding to the acute needs, including:

  • All Saints Episcopal Church: One of six sites for free food in Pontiac, providing bagged breakfast each Saturday
  • The Baldwin Center: Providing bagged lunches M, W and F
  • Bound Together: One of nine feeding sites for children and youth, providing bagged meals M, W and F
  •  Our Jail Ministry: Providing food and transportation to those who are returning citizens while our chaplains are unable to enter the jail
  • Micah 6: Provides fresh produce to those in need through their network of community gardens
  • Hope Warming Center: Sheltering 78 homeless residents so they can follow the stay-at-home order.

These are just the initial ways we are responding to help those who help others.  

What can you do?  

  1. Explore the opportunities to serve and respond as you are able;
  2. Support Christ Church Cranbrook as we continue to support one another and our community partners, by making a gift or making a monthly or weekly pledge online here

 

Thank you for all you are doing to love and serve your neighbors and bring our world, and the love of God, a bit closer to home in this time of physical distance.