Giving Together – Pandemic Style
2022 Benevolence
The Giving Store opened on March 6 closed on noon, March 18.
Proceeds from the Giving Store and monetary donations  yielded 20,880!

Here are a few of the  organizations that will receive our donations.

Webster Rock Hill Ministries (WRHM), is a Christian help center and neighborhood food pantry serving the communities of Rock Hill and Webster Groves. The WRHM food  pantry provides both perishable and non-perishable food items, grocery store vouchers and referral to other resources to alleviate hunger in our community. This has been a tremendous need and has only increased during the pandemic. In addition, the agency provides clothing, home repairs and other services. Our church helped to start this organization.

International Institute of St. Louis is the community’s immigrant service and information hub. Programs and services for immigrants, their families and the wider community are locally and nationally acclaimed. The organization connects new arrivals with first-touch services to engage foreign-born with the community. Recently, our church provided a contribution and a donation of gift cards to help with Afghan families as they attempt to make a new life in our area.

Shepherd’s Center provides resource center services, transportation and helping hands to assist individuals 55 and older. In addition, they provide many opportunities for people to get together and enjoy their community such as exercise classes, day trips and clubs. Services are provided through a network of volunteers. First Church continues to be one of the sponsoring congregations as it has been since its beginning.

Your donations help with these and several other organizations (see below).

Questions?
Contact a committee member. We would all be happy to talk with you!
Jeanene Harris, Joan Musbach, Jane Porchey and Kay Roush

Beyond Housing – Provides affordable housing, helping families achieve and sustain homeownership, fostering the well-being of families, and identifying and addressing neighborhood needs. Comprehensive approach addresses the key areas identified as crucial to community success-education, housing, health, job training and access, economic development, and personal finance.

Care and Counseling – St. Louis – This agency is a pastoral counseling center which incorporates spirituality in psychodynamic clinical work. Services include mental health services for children, adults, and families, as well as congregational and clergy training and psychoeducation programs.

CHADS Coalition for Mental Health – CHADS provides programs to advance the awareness and prevention of depression and suicide. Provide adolescents and young adults ages 25 and under and educational programs, for parents, educators and community members.

Emmaus Homes – Based on unique needs and goals, Emmaus provides homes and programing for adults with development disabilities to help them live their lives as independently as possible, housed in numerous group homes throughout St. Louis and St. Charles. UCC

Gateway 180 – Gateway 180 is a valuable resource for those experiencing the burden of homelessness. Provides temporary shelter and support systems.

Gateway ONA Coalition – The mission is to serve as a resource for churches who seek to embrace the diversity of God’s people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Open and affirming organization within UCC churches that recognizes gender choices and concerns.

Habitat for Humanity – Christian housing ministry to build houses in partnership with families in need. This local branch of the national organization builds affordable housing. Each year there is one home built by UCC churches throughout the area.

Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis – Diverse faith group offering a public voice on matters of religious, moral, and ethical issues. Our church is a member of the organization.

Lydia’s House – Lydia’s House is the only transitional housing program in Eastern Missouri that is specifically for battered and abused women and their children and that offers immediate community. They have 50 confidentially located homes and apartments for women and their families. Provides transitional housing with comprehensive, goal-oriented support services, and access to community resources for abused women and their children.

Minister’s Discretionary Fund – FCCWG – Provides funds for individual church members, families and people in the community in need.  May include food gift cards, gas money, money for prescriptions, etc. For 2021 this was funded through the Giving Store.

Prevent + Ed (Local affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse) – Provide counseling, education and resources on the harms of alcohol and drug abuse. Programs offered through education, intervention and advocacy. Provides resources and services that promote safe and healthy living.

Operation Food Search – Distributes food and necessities to 330 community partners in the City of St. Louis and surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois.

United Church of Christ – Our Church’s Wider Mission and Missouri Mid South Conference – UCC churches unite to reach out to people in need. Our Church’s Wider Mission supports local congregations with worship and faith forming publications, resources, and education. There are 44 Missouri Mid South Conference UCC congregations in the St. Louis area. It also includes churches in Little Rock, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee. Our church is recognized for being a 5 for 5 Congregation of the UCC, for support to Our Church’s Wider Mission, Neighbors in Need, One Great Hour of Sharing, The Christmas Fund, and Strengthen the Church Special Mission offerings.

United Church of Christ-St. Louis Association – St. Louis Association offers support and outreach to people in need. Some of the programs supported by the Association include Neighborhood Ministries, Joint Neighborhood Houses, Union Community Neighborhood House, Lydia’s House and Doorways.

Unleashing Potential – Formerly Neighborhood Houses. Seeks to close the opportunity gap for children and youth by building on their strengths. They offer Early Childhood education, after school programs, youth development and enrichment camps.