Help Afghan Allies with rental assistance, food, transportation, and daily needs. The Lutheran Social Services’ “Good Neighbor Program” does an excellent job resettling refugees. Their DC Metro office has helped nearly 1,930 Afghan refugees so far, and are expecting 2,400 more next year. Lutheran Social Services will open a new office in Frederick in January. It’s an expensive endeavor, and Federal and State funds only go so far.
Give toward scholarships for our 7 students in Pakistan, through Presbyterian Education Board, and help educate extremely poor students with high quality teaching, so they can become citizen-leaders for positive change. Because all faiths learn together and are respected in PEB’s 25 schools, 6,000 students are learning the values of tolerance, respect, and love, which lead to a more peaceful society.
Augment the care, activities, and needs of the elderly in Vsetín, Czech Republic, who live in two church-run facilities, those who still live at home, or are temporarily in rooms while families have respite time.
Allegany County's Child Advocacy Center, named in honor of our late church member, Jane Dawson, who spent her life advocating for children. Jane's Place provides a child-friendly environment committed to reducing the trauma to abused children, and provide them the space where they can begin to heal. It's the county's hub for all agencies that investigate child abuse and provide advocacy.
For men who are at a turning point, or axis, in their life and want to live a sober, Christ-filled life. It's not a rehab center, but a recovery residence where they commit to staying sober and participating in Bible training to become or grow as a believer in Jesus Christ. The House provides safe housing, basic needs, Biblical instruction, and activities. There are currently 5 men in the House.
An all-volunteer emergency food resource for people who live in Cumberland. The pantry provides non-perishable food, and vouchers that can be used in three local markets to purchase perishable foods. Distribution of food is governed by family circumstances, family number and number of times the pantry has been utilized during the current year. Volunteers are always needed and welcome.