Homelessness can seem like an overwhelming problem. Many people wonder what one person or congregation can do to truly make a difference.
The Family Promise Network provides a way for churches to work together to help homeless families. Each congregation participating in the Network provides overnight lodging and meals for three to five families (up to 14 persons) for one week every two or three months on a rotating basis. Network “guests” stay in each congregation from 5:00 pm to 7:00 am daily. Each morning, guests are taken to the day center where they meet with the Network director, care for pre-school children, make phone calls and seek housing and employment.
The Family Promise Network enables us to meet important basic needs of homeless families. Families with children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Usually, over half of the guests in the Network are children, and most of the children are under the age of six. Nationally, over 5,000 congregations participate in Family Promise Networks with literally thousands of volunteers who help families regain their independence.
Volunteers are the foundation of the Network. There are many ways that you can help. Whether you provide a hot meal, arrange activities for children, or stay overnight, you can make a difference in the lives of families who have suffered the ordeal of losing their home. Contact Deb Bellew, Debbie Werle, or Sheryl Bunt for more information. You can also read more about the Family Promise Network by clicking here.
Many denominations of churches uniting to meet the needs of Irving’s homeless through clothing, hot meals, and spiritual guidance in order to demonstrate Christ’s love and compassion.
Each Thursday evening, First United Methodist Church of Irving hosts a warm environment with a home-cooked meal open to all those in need. This is made possible through the support and help of 15 separate churches in the Irving area. Each week a different church prepares a meal, and offers Christ-like love and guidance as well as hair cuts and some essential clothing and hygiene needs. A Bible study is also currently offered at 5:45 PM. Click here to get more information about Many Helping Hands. Contact Rod Alleman to see how you can help. Volunteers are needed to help open up the building and set up for the evening activities as well as to help prepare a meal when it’s our turn to feed.
Founded by a group of concerned citizens in 1957, Irving Cares is committed to providing essential services to Irving, Texas residents in need.
Irving Cares strives to meet those needs with caring volunteers and staff that guide our clients through their crises. We offer proven programs that are efficient, effective, and measured for productivity.
Services include financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, or prescriptions, a food pantry, an employment services program, and information and referral. Our programs are about more than paying the bills — they’re about self-sufficiency, offering a hand up, not a handout, for those in need.
Through generous contributions from the congregation, First United Methodist Church is able to support this wonderful organization.
Missionaries from our church have gone on an annual foreign mission trip for many years – Mexico, Peru, Eleutheria and Guatamala.
Here is an excerpt from Pastor Pete’s journal:
Day One: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Our group of 21 servants of Christ, brothers and sisters age 16 to 84, loaded American Airlines flight 1025 out of DFW for Guatemala City. Many of us have known each other all our lives or at least a good chunk of it. We are in many ways brothers and sisters to each other, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and most especially, friends. Today, we become missionaries.
Pastor Pete kept a faithful journal of his trip this year to Guatemala. You can read his journal by clicking here.