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Life Remodeled • October 1–6, 2018 Register to VolunteerLife Remodeled Video
Once again in 2018, the Kirk will form teams of volunteers for Life Remodeled week. Life Remodeled is a Detroit-based nonprofit working to revitalize different areas in Detroit each year. Projects are determined by the community's needs and vision.
The 2018 focus is Durfee Innovation Society neighborhood. Volunteers will help plant trees, build gardens, install little free libraries, designate safe routes to school with artwork, upgrade parks, install bus shelters, and add neighborhood signage. Life remodeled provides all of the necessary tools, and lunch.Every phase is about people transformation—those served and those who are serving.
CROP Hunger Walk Thanks to everyone who supported the 2018 CROP Hunger Walk on September 23! Each year, neighbors walk together to take a stand against hunger in our world. Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local organizations. *CROP stands for Community Response to Overcome Poverty. Walkers from Birmingham and Bloomfield churches follow routes of 1.5, 3 or 5 miles beginning at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham and ending at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.
Click here to donate to the 2018 CROP Hunger Walk
If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please email Bob Heuer at email@example.com, or Bobi Tallinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*CROP Hunger Walk is a program of Church World Services (CWS). Founded in 1946, Church World Services is a cooperative ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations, providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance in some 80 countries.
Baldwin CenterOn the second Thursday of each month, six Kirk volunteers are needed to help serve dinner to the children and families at Baldwin Center from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Contact Glenda Herb at email@example.com with questions.Sign Up Here
Hope Against Trafficking
Hope Against Trafficking is seeking volunteers to offer two or more hours of help with the renovation of its Pontiac housing facilities for survivors of human trafficking. Days/times vary.Contact Amy Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org to help!
On the third Tuesday each month (except June, July and August), 4–6 Kirk volunteers are needed to prepare and serve dinner to about 20–25 people at CARE House. Dinner is served from 5:30–6:00 p.m., but you can arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. and use their kitchen, or prepare the meal ahead of time at home. By serving, you are helping children who are victims of child abuse. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Waldo at email@example.com.Sign Up Here
South Oakland Shelter
Breaking the cycle of homelessness—that is the vital mission of the South Oakland Shelter (SOS). For eight consecutive years, Kirk in the Hills has participated with more than 60 congregations in this amazing and wonderful ministry. SOS provides temporary shelter for over 300 families and individuals each year, along with supportive programs and resources such as career building, rapid re-housing, job readiness and skills to prepare for employment, financial literacy, self care and nutritional planning. They have a food pantry, clothing closet and even teach Yoga techniques to alleviate stress.
Our week to host SOS guests traditionally begins on the Sunday of Mother's Day. In past years, Kirk volunteers have housed, fed, transported and cared for approximately 30 men, women and children in a variety of ways. They delivered beds, drove people to and from work, cooked for the families, washed laundry, performed clean-up duties, served as evening hosts, and some stayed the night.
Foster Care Ministry
The foster care system provides placement and supervision for children who are temporary or permanent wards of the state, including children who cannot remain at home because their parents are unable to provide minimal care and supervision. Foster care children may live with their foster care family or if one is not found, they may reside temporarily in an institution such as Children's Village; after the age of 18, they must leave foster care, and many become homeless. Learn how to get involved with the Kirk Foster Care Ministry
For more information, please contact Jessica Behenna at (248) 973-8001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebuilding Together–Oakland CountyKirk volunteers are needed each spring to partner with Rebuilding Together–Oakland County! If you're handy at home, know the business end of a hammer, paint brush or garden rake, you're qualified! Watch for announcements in early 2019 and help us make homes more livable for homeowners in need.For more information, please contact Bobi Tallinger at (248) 229-6201, or Gary Gallo at (412) 736-0838 or email@example.com.
A variety of items (clothing, baby items, games, books, cleaning supplies, socks, underwear, gloves, mittens) are collected year-round. Donations are collected in the mission hampers located in the entry to Heritage Hall, the refectory foyer, or the Tower of the Apostles near the sanctuary.