Outreach

Plymouth Church supports the following groups, in an on-going manner, throughout the year and in many ways:

 

Foods Resource Bank (FRB)  

For the past 12 years Plymouth Church has joined with Salem-Magley Church to support the mission of Foods Resource Bank (FRB). This year, however, the way we will be raising funds has changed. We will not be partnering with Salem-Magley, but will be working on our own to continue the goal of FRB. Foods Resource Bank's overall goal is to assist people in the developing nations to become more food secure and independent. This support also includes such things as building water storage facilities, the development of new seeds and crops, improvement of farming techniques, and animal husbandry efforts.

Through the FRB farmers are granted micro-loans for start-up and expansion of food-related endeavors that will help families to become more independent and food secure. Improved farming methods and the possibility of creating a crop surplus can provide an opportunity to access markets. The opportunity to sell crops increases money available to the family and the potential for improved quality of life in other areas.

Our involvement in this program was initiated by Doug and Gale Cunningham and has been faithfully and continually supported by our congregation for the past 12 years. Plymouth's faithful giving and generosity to the FRB mission has directly improved the lives of thousands of needy people by moving them from subsistence to surplus agriculture. Plymouth's Global Mission pillar calls us to support programs such as FRB that impact and improve the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world.

As we begin this year's campaign, we will be exploring the possibility of finding a new farming partner, but for this year we will be asking for your support as Plymouth only. Your generous support to date totals slightly over $143,927. We ask that you prayerfully consider a contribution to this year's campaign and the continuation of our FRB global mission which means so much for so many around the world.        

 

Just Neighbors Interfaith Hospitality Network

Just Neighbors IHN's mission is to serve homeless families by uniting faith community volunteers and local agencies in a cooperative effort to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive, compassionate & ongoing support.

 

Cedars Hope 

In 1993, Cedars HOPE, Inc. opened as an Innovative housing concept in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The concept was the result of a study conducted by a group of individuals concerned about the rising number of homeless women in Fort Wayne. Through their research they discovered that older women with a serious mental illness were over-represented in the homeless population and that they could benefit from supportive permanent housing. Cedars HOPE, Inc. continues as the only permanent housing program in our area serving homeless women with a serious mental illness. Our Mission: Cedars HOPE, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization serving homeless women living with serious mental illness by offering permanent:

Housing    *   Opportunities for growth and companionship   *   Personal support  *   Encouragement towards independence

Stable housing is the first step towards managing the debilitating symptoms of mental illness. In addition to ending episodes of homelessness for our residents and the associated cost to the community, their psychiatric emergencies are virtually eliminated. Cedars HOPE programs are the only of their kind in our community, providing the permanence and feeling of home so critically needed to maintain stability in the lives of those who are homeless and living with mental illness.

Cedars HOPE is dedicated to providing permanent living arrangements for women living with moderate to severe mental illness. Cedars HOPE helps to reduce the social and financial burden of the cycle of homelessness of one of the most vulnerable populations – single women with mental illness.

 

Rising Stars FWCS (Study Connection)

Begun in 2010, Rising Stars is providing tangible and educational support to students and their families with the mission of building a stronger, more progressive-thinking, caring community. With the help of Associated Churches’ staff, churches and organizations discover ways to be build a wide variety of relationships and support our public schools.

 

Fort Wayne Pride

Fort Wayne Pride has a diverse audience with people of all ages, backgrounds, and sexualities. Thousands of people flock to Headwaters Park in July for the two day event. Over the years, Pride has grown from a festival with 100 in attendance to over 5,000.  Look for Plymouth's booth at the Headwaters Park pavillion!

 

The Positive Resource Center (formerly Aids Task Force) of Northeast Indiana 

The mission of the Positive Resource Center in northeast Indiana is to help improve the quality of life for men, women, and children with HIV and AIDS, to educate the community in order to decrease the incidence of HIV and STD infection, and to increase public's understanding of and compassionate response to HIV and AIDS.

 

Wellspring Interfaith Social Services

People of faith working together to support and enrich the lives of Fort Wayne’s central city residents. In 2011, Wellspring directly impacted the lives of 3,396 individuals through its direct service programs, with its Food Bank and Clothing Bank.

 

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

ICMEP has as its Mission: "to promote critical awareness of issues that impact a just peace in the Middle East and to facilitate intercultural and interreligious encounters locally and globally." They we host a variety of educational programs throughout the year, have a web site that lists resources for those who are interested in reading Middle East media and books about the Middle East and participate as a group and as individuals in opportunities for education and study throughout the area.

 

Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Founded in 2003, to promote and spread the word about the many outreach ministries of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, and to build hope and a brighter future for Palestine, BSB provides funding and support to local initiatives serving the educational, medical, professional and spiritual development needs of people living in Christ's birthplace.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Amani Family Services  260.484.1414

Partners with immigrants, refuge families and the community to promote safety, encourage personal growth and foster a spirit of belonging.

  • Watch children while parents have counseling
  • Transport clients to appointments
  • Act as in language interpreters if qualified

Associated Churches of Ft. Wayne & Allen County  260.422.3528

Congregations that are united to support and respond to those in need.

  • Assist Rising Stars program by tutoring in schools

Cornerstone Youth Center  260.623.3972

Through a Christian environment that welcomes all, provides opportunities for moral growth and sustainable life skills development for youth and families in Southeast Allen County

  • Provide office support
  • Tutoring and mentoring during the drop in center
  • Assist with fundraising activities

Cedars Hope  260.422.6441

Provides housing and support for women with mental illness.

  • Provide interior and exterior maintenance

Center for Nonviolence  260.456.4112

Provides education, support and advocacy for victims of violence.

  • Provide office support
  • Assist with groups
  • Assist with outside maintenance and seasonal needs
  • Become a member of a committee or board

Crossroad Child and Family Services   260.484.4153

Provides therapy, education and family support for troubled youth.

  • Provide office support
  • Provide ground maintenance
  • Assist with special events such as Spring Dance, Christmas Party, Family Fun Days and Summer Olympics
  • Provide music lessons for individual children

Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana:  260.456.4534

Assists people with developmental disabilities.

  • Assist with client programs and events such as ballroom dancing or reading programs
  • Assist with fall or spring fundraiser

Food Resource Bank: 260.351.3605

Assist people in the developing nations to become more food secure and independent.

  • Help with Fall Harvest event

Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity  260.422.4828

Unites volunteers and local investors with qualified families to build safe, stable and affordable homes in Allen County.

  • Assist with house construction
  • Provide meals for workers during house construction
  • Participate in El Salvador mission trip for building homes

Hear/Care Connections, Inc.  260.602.3276

Builds the self-worth of individuals by restoring hearing potential and providing them with opportunities to engage with their communities through service to others.

  • Provide office support
  • Assist with special events such as Fall fundraiser, annual campaign mailing and hearing aid donation collection boxes

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace  260.515.9300

Educates and empowers for peace, justice and human rights locally and globally.

  • Assist with local event by selling books and olive oil, collecting donations and serving refreshments.

Just Neighbors  260.458.9772

Provides emergency shelter, meals and professional support for homeless families.

  • Prepare meals
  • Serve as evening host

Mathew 25  260.426.3250

Offers free medical, dental, and vision services for those in need.

  • Assist with paperwork for the patience Assistance Drug Program
  • Assist medically trained workers

Mustard Seed Furniture Bank  260.471.5802

Provides household furnishing for referred families as they rebuild their lives after suffering disaster, personal tragedy or other misfortunes.

  • Provide office support
  • Unload trucks
  • Sort donated items

NeighborLink fort Wayne  260.209.0074

Uses a website to provide a structure that allows the needs for those who fall through the cracks of traditional social services to be connected with community volunteers for home maintenance and home repairs.

  • Adopt a vulnerable homeowner’s repair or maintenance project

Positive Resource Center  260.744.1144

Support those with HIV and/or AIDS.

  • Assist with specials events such as Aids Walk and food drives
  • Provide office support

SCAN  260.421.5000

Works to stop child abuse and neglect.

  • Provide office support
  • Assist with Thursday dinners for residents at the Courtyard, a housing complex for at risk youth

Turnstone 260.483.2100

Seeks to enhance the lives of people with physical disabilities.

  • Assist with special events by setting up and taking down
  • Work at adaptive sporting events with concessions, working the scoreboard and serving lunches

Vincent Village  260.456.4172

Seeks to alleviate the problems of the homeless.

  • Provide office support
  • Tutor children
  • Teach computer skills to help with job training

Wellspring Interfaith Social Services: 260.422.6618

Works to enrich the lives of Ft. Wayne central city residents.

  • Assist with food bank
  • Provide or assist with Older Adult lunches
  • Assist on field trips and summer day camp programs
  • Provide special interest activities in the Older Adult Program
  • Sort and organize clothing and donations for the Wellspring Shop
  • Assist participants shop for clothing in the Wellspring Shop