St. Philip’s Volunteers Make Houses into Homes
On Saturday, August 5th, a group of about 25 enthusiastic St. Philippians participated in a very rewarding morning with the Hope to Home Ministry. Hope to Home (H2H) is a Christian-based ministry whose mission is to collect new or gently used donated home goods and then deliver these essential home furnishings to displaced or formerly homeless individuals and families who have just secured housing. H2H transforms their empty living space into a comfortable home as we extend Christian love to the family.
At the H2H warehouse, volunteers put together packets of linens and kitchen items to be delivered to H2H families. Other volunteers joined the delivery teams and delivered the home goods to H2H families. During these deliveries, volunteers visited with the families, delivering a Bible, a children’s Bible, and a copy of a devotional booklet. In addition to providing for their physical needs, the delivery teams prayed with the family before leaving their home. The week after every delivery, a volunteer from H2H calls the family to provide them with information on local churches to try to make sure they are connected with a church of their choice.
Everyone at St. Philip’s can participate in this ministry, even if you cannot volunteer at the warehouse. Think about basic items around the house that you may no longer need. These items could make a house a home through H2H! The items most needed are dressers, coffee tables, small kitchen tables, kitchen chairs, couches, side tables, club chairs, lamps, and kitchen items such as pots and pans, cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, and small appliances. For anyone who enjoys tinkering with home goods that may need repair, such as refinishing or painting, H2H has volunteer opportunities for that as well.
And stay tuned for an inSPIRE announcement about a churchwide furniture/home goods donation day and also another volunteer opportunity in October for members of St. Philip’s! Click the link below for more information about H2H and all of the different ways to get involved with this very rewarding ministry.
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