Overnights of Hospitality was started to provide relief from overcrowding at NOAH Shelter. Now NOAH has empty beds due to the success of programs which have enabled clients to obtain permanent subsidized housing.
The Council of Churches overnights program will be replaced by a new program, “Homeless Ministries” which will help homeless persons find housing, particularly in cooperative housing run by Homeless, Not Helpless. Finding and keeping permanent housing has been made more difficult by reduction of government support at federal and state levels. These cuts have increased the number of people living in poverty and in critical need of all kinds of assistance.
A new Homeless Ministries team will include Jill Scalese, formerly Case Management Director for the Overnights program, who will work with the women, and Bob Lynch, the Council’s Street Outreach worker, who will work with the men. They will be joined by a new Council staff member, Caroline Kotoski, Coordinator of Volunteers. Caroline was House Manager and Office Manager for Homeless Not Helpless and is also working for her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling. Caroline’s first job will be to recruit volunteers from previous overnights workers and to attract new volunteers. There will be many opportunities to participate. There is a need for tutors, particularly in math and in preparing people to take the GED (High School Equivalency) Exam. There is a need for one-on-one mentoring/friendship, for visiting at the residences, advocating and training in cooking, computers, and other skills, Whatever your skills and interests, you will probably find an opportunity here.
Fr. Ken Campbell will coordinate the Hospitality Housing program at the Church of the Holy Spirit. Call him at 508-240-5169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to volunteer.
One in three children under 18 is at risk for hunger each day on Cape Cod. Beginning on Monday, June 24, sandwich-based meals will be prepared in our church kitchen from 5:00 am to 8:00 am each weekday. The staff will then put the lunches, snacks, and breakfasts together as brownbag meals downstairs in the large classroom. The meals will then be delivered in coolers and served at four meal sites. Free Food for Kids will continue for eight weeks this summer. Church of the Holy Spirit is a sponsor of the Federal Child Nutrition Program.
Our meal sites as of mid-March are two in Chatham, one in Truro, and one in Eastham. Free Food For Kids welcomes all who would like to help in this program throughout the summer. If you are interested please call Ruth W. Campbell, Director, at 413-537-9200 or email her at email@example.com. She will be giving a presentation about the program at the Sunday morning adult study group on Sunday April 28 at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall. This outreach ministry addresses a serious and hidden need — hungry children on Cape Cod.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food.”
“Truly I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of my family, you did it to me.”
The Outreach Committee is sponsoring a food drive on April 13/14 and 20/21 to benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Council food pantries (there is one in each town on the Lower Cape), whose shelves are quite bare. LCOC helps our friends and neighbors who are in need.
We will have grocery bags, decorated by our Church School children, available at each Church entrance the week before. Please fill your bag with the food items suggested below and bring it back on one of those two weekends. Can we reach 100 bags?
Items needed include canned peaches, canned pears, canned pineapple, canned fruit salad, canned tuna or salmon, canned chicken or ham, chili, beef stew, baked beans, Spaghetti-O’s, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, cooking oil, mayonnaise, ketchup, dish detergent (liquid), hand soap (bars, paper towels, and toilet paper.
No pasta or canned soup, please.
Questions? Call Judy Gardiner 508-255-2326.
Thanks to the dedicated volunteers from the Church of the Holy Spirit Overnights for Hospitality team, we be having 4 to 7 men over for dinner on Christmas Day and then to stay with us overnight.
We plan on giving each man a gift card for use at any stores in the Cape Cod Mall. If you would like to contribute toward the gift please give a check or cash to Fr. Ken earmarked “Christmas Gift.” Checks should be made out to NIA.
Learn more about the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Overnights for Hospitality program.