A Ripple of Love: Kits Behind the Scenes

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A family is living in a temporary shelter after a disaster. A refugee is arriving in their new home. A neighbor is experiencing homelessness in the cold winter season. In all of these situations–and many more–the CWS Kits and Blankets ministry is there to help. From our CWS School Kits to our Emergency Cleanup Buckets, all our kits have one … Read More

Warming the City and Saving Lives

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On Christmas Day, it’s Bethlehem on Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio. At this event, First Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, also known as First Church, puts their faith into action. First Church invites their neighbors who may be experiencing homelessness, poverty, or food insecurity to join. Participants receive gifts which include a warm meal, clothing, CWS Hygiene … Read More

Warmth for our Neighbors in Washington

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“I got one of the CWS Blankets in early 2020. I use it in the middle of the night if I’m a little cold. I have a cat who loves it, too. I’m happy to get another one today because it makes a good bed spread. It’s super warm and easy to manage—you can throw it in the washer.” -Brian … Read More

A Seat at the Master’s table

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  Have you ever experienced a time when you felt invisible, insignificant or forgotten? For many who are facing homelessness, disaster or other hardship that feeling is a daily reality. God’s Kingdom and Restoration Ministries in Galveston, Texas is working to change that reality. And they’re doing it one person, one seat and one table at a time. Four years … Read More

Hope on Hope Street

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Each Sunday, the 3,000 members of Glory Church of Jesus Christ would gather in their large worship space near downtown Los Angeles, an area noteworthy for its massive encampments of people experiencing homelessness. This was no less true of nearby streets by the church, where hundreds had set up camp on the ironically named Hope Street. Glory Church of Jesus … Read More

CWS partner congregations in Everett, Wash. give blankets and hope to communities

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On any given week, The First Presbyterian Church in Everett, Washington welcomes over 150 community members into its sanctuary. But it’s not for Sunday morning service. They’re here for a different purpose and for good reason—to eat. “There’s a mixed journey here; people who have been abused, have addiction issues or people who just can’t make ends meet,” shares Jay … Read More

Hope During Tough Times for a Community in New York

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Many families in Jamaica, New York, are struggling to put nutritious food on the table and pay bills. In the early 2000s, attorney Elizabeth Ozo-Onyali started to notice how her neighbors needed help. They needed HOPE. And, in 2005, Project Hope Charities was born. They provide a variety of community programs that fight hunger, help families overcome poverty, empower youth … Read More

CWS Blankets and Hygiene Kits for asylum seekers in New Jersey

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The CWS office in Jersey City is full of hope. Everyone who walks through our doors—or, during this time of pandemic, talks to our staff on the phone or through a video call—is hopeful for the future. They have hope for their children, for their families and for the new, safe life they are building here in New Jersey. Our … Read More

A staple of hope in York County, PA

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Hope is the idea many cling to in times of fear, turmoil and uncertainty. Hope is a light in the darkness and a guide during the storm. Hope drives compassionate action, unconditional love, and a helping hand. The York Food Bank is a hope for so many in their local community, an anchor in the storm and a constant for … Read More