Not All Charity is Effective
We believe that work makes the difference! Giving a hand up, rather than a hand out, is an important value for the Life Support Center. We believe that all persons have dignity and worth, and to expect nothing from them is to regard them as having nothing of value to give.
The “Dignity Exchange,” allows our clients to exchange some sort of service/work for items from the Clothes Closet, the Cupboard Food Co-op, and other resources, and helps them to understand good stewardship of themselves. Dependency on others has been shown to keep people from thriving; our goal is to help people break those bonds of dependency and have the abundant life that Jesus promises.
Last April the Life Support Center received an award from True Charity Initiative, a national movement of voluntarily funded effective charity. True Charity has inspired The Life Support Center Team to take steps to transition our ministries to a more effective charity model that has transforming power!
As we move forward into the new year, New Covenant Life Support Center will focus on WORK! In addition to the Dignity Exchange, we will enlarge the scope of our social enterprise project, The Workbench. Working at The Workbench will give our clients confidence and skill levels through the creative process. Some will move on to the Abundant Life Job Center, a job readiness program. Those who complete the core work in the Job Center will qualify for referrals to our partner companies for employment. Work works!
In addition to our general budget needs, funding the Life Support Center in 2024 will take an additional $70,000. Will you please consider giving a generous gift to ensure that we can continue offering people like Glenda dignity and a new beginning? A recurring monthly gift helps us plan more efficiently. To donate go to: newcovchurch.us/donate/
New Covenant is always looking for better ways in which to serve our friends and neighbors. We believe all people are created in God’s image and deserve to be treated with dignity. We want to give people more personal choice in what they receive from The Cupboard and also provide a way for our friends to give back. This preserves dignity and builds hope.
Persons/Families are eligible to get food 1x/month and will be asked to contribute $5 or 1/2 Dignity Exchange (1/2 hour of community service) to New Covenant each time. (Attending church on Sunday can cover this requirement.) A point system based on the size of the family will be used to determine how many items a person can get, and persons will choose their own items with the guidance of Cupboard volunteer.
Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to serve God’s people in a way we believe can be transforming. Shalom.
We believe everyone should be given the opportunity to create...and connect with their Creator! Come join us!
This year we will do intensive gardening! It is our hope that this method will provide a bigger harvest that volunteers can share in. Extras will go to The Cupboard and other area food ministries. To join the Garden Team email Pastor Cathy @ firstname.lastname@example.org