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

CWS Blankets shipped to temporary shelters in Rhode Island

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Communities across the United States are scrambling to stop the spread of coronavirus. Churches, businesses, individuals and local governments are teaming up to care for their neighbors. Rhode Island is no exception. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency has opened temporary shelters for people experiencing homelessness. As Pamela Leary from RIEMA explains: “The Governors’ office, the RI Emergency Management Agency, … Read More

CWS Kits and Blankets Provide Hope to New York City

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The world has been turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic – many organizations are having to change their entire programs while maintaining their purpose: trying to help those in need. One example is The Bowery Mission in New York City. The Bowery Mission has been around for 140 years, staying open during the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, … Read More

What CWS Blankets mean to our neighbors in Washington State

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This story was written by Holly Buchanan, a volunteer at a food bank in Snohomish County, Washington, and was originally published on cwsglobal.org. This was a good day at the food bank! The Pacific Northwest trifecta of cold, dark and rainy gave us a chilly drizzle today, and yesterday I heard on the news that we haven’t had an officially … Read More

CWS Blankets and Kits Provide Comfort in San Diego

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With the weather changing, San Diego may feel warm during the day, but at night it is cold and blustery – especially for those who have to sleep without shelter. Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) hopes to help keep individuals who are homeless, warm during the bitter nights this winter and CWS Blankets helps them help others. Founded in 1972, … Read More

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Church World Service Bring Blankets of Hope to Cushion Body and Soul

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In June, 2018 the major news networks arrived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, turning their cameras to the walkways of the international bridges over the Rio Grande, and the effects of the Zero Tolerance policy on asylum-seeking families at the border was revealed to the country and the world. Observant television viewers and readers of news reports could … Read More

When tornadoes hit, Ohio congregations receive support from the same organization they had supported: CWS

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On the evening of Memorial Day, a group of 15 tornadoes touched down in western Ohio. Sweeping through with winds as powerful as 165 miles per hour, the tornadoes smashed homes, blowing out windows and peeling away roofs. They caused extensive damage in Trotwood, Harrison Township, Dayton, Beavercreek and Celina. Some of the heaviest damage happened in Trotwood, where the … Read More