Poverty is one of the five focus areas of our Missions & Social Justice Committee.
Deuteronomy 15:10 -11: Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do. There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.
Safe Outdoor Space (SOS)
Park Hill UMC has been selected as the next stie for a city-sanctioned Safe Outdoor Space, providing temporary shelter for the unhoused in our community.
After much discussion within a variety of groups, including the Missions & Social Justice Committee, we are pleased to be able to put our beliefs of helping the poor into action. We know many of our neighbors have questions about this project, but we hope you will join us in supporting the unhoused in Denver. Take a look at the resources below to learn more about the Safe Outdoor Space program.
This program is for up to 50 people and plans to run from June 1 - December 31.
Want to help? One way you can get involved in this work is by helping to break down/move the current SOS site and begin to help us and CVC set up our site and the site at Regis University. Follow this link to sign up to help.
A local non-profit YIMBY Denver (Yes in My Backyard) has organized a free fundraiseron Friday, May 28th for Colorado Village Collaborative and its work related to SOS.
Center for Health and Hope
On Saturday, May 1st, our partners at the Center for Health and Hope hosted its annual H.O.P.E. Brunch to celebrate its (and yours) work helping to support 361 AIDS orphans in Meru, Kenya! It was a great morning that include several Park Hillers sharing their talents, including Pastor Nathan who was the morning's speaker as well as hearing from our friends in Kenya. You can watch the full event here.
Remember every $200 raised helps provide enducation, healthcare, and other services for a child for a full year. Right now, funds are being matched by an angel donor! You can give directly on the Center's webiste here.
Women's Homelessness Initiative (WHI)
Although the Women’s Homelessness Initiative (WHI) has suspended on-site shelter and hospitality at our churches and temples, staff and volunteers continue to advocate for services and safety for our women. During this pandemic, for the sake of our entire community our homeless population needs, now more than ever, a HOME to be able to be in. Support City/State Leadership to get agreements with hotel chains for our people. Write a letter or email the Governor, Mayor, and State and City Leaders.
Volunteers are invited to drop in and help prepare meals in the PHUMC kitchen at 5:30 p.m. the Wednesday before the second Thursday of each month and to help serve food at the Senior Support Services agency the following evening at 5:30 p.m.
DURING the Pandemic:
We are preparing sack suppers on the second Thursday during the pandemic. Deliver your suppers to the church between 8-9 AM. They are then taken to Senior Support Services for distribution. Send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in making sack suppers.
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the United States and the world. No global “economic package” exists. Help the Center respond by raising $30,000 in assistance for our partner friends in Kenya, Rwanda, India, Sri Lanka & Malaysia. Care for yourself, family, & neighbors first, but if you can, please share with the super vulnerable of the world. Gifts of any size are magnificent! Let us know it is coming by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can begin using the funds immediately. Donate online using the arrow button below.
One more way to help during the pandemic...
To assist people in the Denver area who are food insecure, please consider donating to the Denver Metro Emergency Food Network. The Denver Metro Emergency Food Network has pledged to cook and deliver meals to low income families and the elderly in need. Your support means additional meals for those whose food security has been threatened by the COVID-19 outbreak