United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
Friday, September 22, 2017
Led By The Spirit, We Seek, Share, Serve...

Community Support

In addition to the ministries which give individuals and groups “hands on” opportunities to serve, there are several non-profit programs supported financially by our church. Funds are raised through our communion offerings and through dedicated fundraisers.

 
“MASH” strives to end family homelessness, one family at a time. It has three programs to help prevent and end family homelessness.
     (1)  MASH diverts families from shelter where possible; this avoids trauma, the expense of shelter, and makes the best use of shelter beds.
     (2)  MASH shelters families who have become homeless. MASH assists with seeking employment, budgeting, childcare, school placement and finding permanent housing.
     (3)   MASH rehouses families as quickly as possible. MASH provides assistance with housing location, security deposit, first month’s rent and case management services until the family is stabilized.
 
HHF has created a stable and loving preventive and curative health and development program in the poorest area of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The program is centered in Jeremie and also reaches over 100 mountain villages. The mission is to improve the health and well-being of the poor, the sick, and the infirm of Jeremie and to break the bonds of poverty through education, job training and tools for self-sufficiency. HHF changes lives - one person at a time. HHF is proud of overhead of less than 9 cents per donated dollar; 91 percent of funds collected go directly to services for the poor.
 
Dr. Belinda Forbes is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving in Managua, Nicaragua with Accion Medica Cristiana (Christian Medical Action or AMC). AMC is a Nicaraguan Christian ecumenical organization specializing in community health and development in impoverished rural communities. As AMC’s international liaison for community health, Dr. Forbes serves God and the church by contributing to a community-based primary dental health program, mentoring volunteers, and interfacing with AMC’s international partner organizations.
 
The Homeless Hospitality Center provides a place of safety and welcome to all southeastern Connecticut adults who find themselves facing homelessness Every individual is welcomed as a guest at both the shelter and the Daytime Hospitality Center on State Pier Road.
HHC collaborates with dozens of public and private programs and agencies to address, as fully as possible, the underlying causes of homelessness for each individual who needs help. The program is also developing innovative new housing options for those who come to the Center.
The roots of HHC can be traced to 2006, when a homeless man named Bill Walsh died in the woods on the New London-Waterford town line one week after the city’s winter shelter had closed. Father Emmett Jarrett, a peace activist and founder of St. Francis House, an intentional Christian community in New London, convened a task force. It led to creation of HHC as a shelter supporting those seeking a way out of homelessness.
 
Imagine No Malaria is the United Methodist Church-wide effort to overcome malaria in Africa and eliminate deaths caused by this preventable disease - a goal world leaders hoped to accomplish by 2015. Malaria is preventable, but infects nearly 500 million people each year and kills more than one million of those who become infected. Ninety percent of deaths caused by malaria occur in Africa, where the disease is a leading killer of children - every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. Children who are able to survive the disease are faced with physical and mental impairments. Moreover,
 
Every day 25 million pregnant African women risk severe illness and harm to their unborn children from a malaria infection. Malaria contributes to low birth weight  among new born infants, one of the leading risk factors fro infant mortality.
 
Currently operating out of the former St. Joseph’s School building in downtown Norwich, St. Vincent de Paul Place is a community meal site and food pantry that strives to meet the needs of homeless people and families with limited income in the greater Norwich area. Established by the Catholic Diocese of Norwich in 1979, the goal is to provide food, companionship, and advocacy for anyone in need, regardless of race or religion. The organization seeks to not only meet the immediate needs of its clients, but also to promote a more independent lifestyle.
The kitchen/dining area serves breakfast and lunch six days a week, and the food pantry distributes food three days a week. There are shower and laundry facilities. The site also serves as a location to perform assigned community service.