Outreach Programs (D-G)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER
The Domestic Violence Center endeavors to make Chester County a safer place for all women and children. Its mission is to provide intervention, education, outreach, advocacy and programs to prevent, reduce and remedy domestic violence in Chester County. Their programs provide a 24-hour hotline, emergency safe housing, information/referral services, and community education and training. All services are free of charge. This vital group has been serving the West Chester community for over 40 years and has assisted over 30,000 local survivors of domestic violence. Throughout the year, United Methodist Women from Grove church donate personal items, kitchen accessories, and household essentials. Grove Church, through the Church and Society Team, supports the work of the Domestic Violence Center through a monetary contribution.
DVC’s 24 Hour Hotlines: Local: 610-431-1430 Toll Free: 1-888-711-6270 TTY: 610-431-7262
GROVE FOOD BASKETS
Contributed moneys ($20 is suggested) enable volunteers to purchase food for people in the Greater West Chester area on an emergency basis. Team members shop for and deliver food to people needing assistace. Grove Church members support this ministry by signing up throughout the year at the sign up table located in the main hallway at Grove, indicating the date for the donation and any dedication information. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
FRIENDS ASSOCIATION FOR THE CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
Friends Association is a private, non-profit organization that has been providing services to homeless and needy children in the West Chester area for over 175 years. Its services help families in crisis become independent. Friends Association is one of the few shelters in the area that provides emergency housing and counseling for an entire family. Further, it helps families move from the shelter into their own homes. A specialized Foster Care Program provides alternative home placement for difficult-to-place children. Inquiries from families considering the possibility of becoming foster parents are welcome. Friends Association is a source of referral services and information for families in the community. Grove Church supports the Friends Association by providing food to in-coming families through its Food Basket program.
Members and friends are invited to join us to harvest fruit and vegetables from the fields of local farmers for the needy of Chester County during the growing season. The produce collected is taken to the Chester County Food Bank, which in turn distributes it to all county food cupboards and local shelters. Grove Church youth are scheduled once during the growing season to help with the harvesting. Volunteers are also needed to glean the fields after the farmers have harvested their crops and to harvest crops at various community gardens. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
Grove Workdays for Good Works
Good Works, Inc. is a Christian organization that, for 25 years, has been dedicated to extending the love of Jesus Christ to low-income homeowners in Chester County by working with them to make their homes warmer, safer and drier. Volunteers use materials purchased with contributions from local churches, including Grove Church, to make the home repairs. Grove has workdays on the 2nd Saturday every month in Coatesville or Phoenixville. Typical projects include painting, and installing windows, flooring, drywall and insulation. Good Works’ staff organize the work, plan for the needed materials, and accompany each group to the homes needing work. Volunteers don’t need any special skills, although skills and experience are always welcome. Work projects are diverse and vary from workday to workday. All senior high youth and adult Grove Church members are welcome. To get involved in this ministry please email GoodWorks@GroveChurch.org.
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