Feeding the Hungry
Our Food Pantry is located inside the Thrift Shop at 2578 South Avenue, just two doors north of the church. Although we are used to hearing about hunger conditions overseas, with the current economic conditions, families just next door are having trouble stretching their food dollars, and when you are hungry, little else matters. All other aspects of day-to-day living are put on hold. That’s why our church supports local hunger-relief programs like our own Food Pantry that serves an average of 27 families each month. The Food Pantry is managed by volunteers from the church and is open the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month between 9 – 11AM. At these times, individuals and families from the community visit our church and receive free bags of assorted foods designed to meet their daily nutritional requirements. The Food Pantry also responds to emergency needs of the community beyond the normal hours of operation. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, special food baskets are put together to help those who are less fortunate celebrate the holidays.
For information on donations or any questions you might have, please call (845) 297-0217.
Meals on Wheels:
Meals on Wheels uses our church facilities to prepare and deliver nutritious, low cost meals to the aged, convalescent, physically disabled, those in temporary ill health, the infirmed, the handicapped or those with lack of proper cooking facilities, and others who are unable to prepare adequate meals, thus enabling them to live independently in their own homes as long as possible. The program is managed by the Board and the volunteers are made up of shoppers, drivers and riders, some from our congregation. The activity is conducted Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Most of the overhead cost to run the program (i.e. the use of the building, kitchen use, equipment, utilities, maintenance), is absorbed by the church. This support brings much needed relief to the individuals that MOW serves and is financially prudent because it postpones early institutionalization for this our most vulnerable generation.
Caring and Support
Our Deacons assist our pastor to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the lonely, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They visit members in hospitals, nursing homes and provide rides to and from doctor offices. Sometimes it’s as simple as providing a ride to the grocery store, but to the person who is home bound this means freedom to continue to live in a familiar surroundings. As our population ages the number of requests for assistance increases. Through prayer and faith our congregation continues to support this ministry through the use of their talents and gifts to serve the Lord.
Twice Blessed Thrift Shop:
Our Thrift Shop continues to make a positive difference in the community. It provides a unique shopping experience and good fellowship for residents. In addition to meeting the needs of the community with economically priced merchandise, the Thrift Shop makes donations to local Nursing Homes, Animal Shelters, Organizations that provide shelter to victims of violence and to groups that hold coat drives for the needy. The Thrift Shop is located at the church on the lower level.
For information on days and/or hours of operation, donations or any questions you might have, please call (845)297-2800 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Few illnesses cause as much harm here in our community as alcohol and drug addiction. Alcoholism is the third greatest killer in our society, after heart disease and cancer. AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, and help each other solve common problems and stay sober. The program helps members admit their problems, engage in self-examination, turn their lives over to God, and make amends. Through prayer and meditation, they seek a more conscious spirituality, gaining the strength to help themselves, and to carry the message of hope to others afflicted by substance abuse.