Outreach Programs (H-P)
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Grove Church is a covenant member of Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, an affiliate of the international organization dedicated to providing “simple, decent housing for God’s people in need.” In 1998, Grove Church members provided the funds and the labor to construct a Habitat home in Coatesville. In early 2000 Grove Church volunteers worked with a local coalition to construct a cluster of homes in West Chester. Volunteers are needed at the construction sites, in the Habitat office, on the Family Selection Team, and other committees. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
HOME OF THE SPARROW
The Home of the Sparrow provides safe and secure transitional shelter and referral services, support and encouragement to homeless women and their families. In-house counseling, vocational training and case management are provided. There are also short-term safe havens in the greater West Chester area for the women. The United Methodist Women and other church members and youth have volunteered their time for the maintenance of these homes. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
KOINONIA SPANISH HEALTH MINISTRY
An arm of the Koinonia Christian Ministry, the Koinonia Spanish Health Ministry has served the needs of pregnant women, postpartum mothers and their newborn babies in southern Chester County for over 25 years. The ministry is supported by donations from churches, individuals, and patients. The Gospel is shared with post abortion and domestically abused women. Grove Church supplies financial support and food certificates; the United Methodist Women also assist this group. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
THE LORD’S PANTRY
The Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown is a food cupboard that has served the local area for over 40 years. Staffed solely by volunteers, the Lord’s Pantry dispenses nutritious food on a monthly basis to qualified clients. This food is donated by grocery stores, civic food-drives, and individuals and is also purchased with monetary grants from state and federal agencies. A small group of volunteer counselors aids clients in applying for food stamps, heat, electricity and rental assistance with the goal of helping individuals become more self-sufficient. Several Grove Church members volunteer at The Lord’s Pantry or assist in the delivery of food donations. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
The Laundromat Library League is a collection of diverse organizations that are making children’s books available to homes in which there may be few or none. The mechanism for this is the placement of small “libraries” in Laundromats. Each is a colorful box with an assortment of children’s books and signs in English and Spanish that invite adults with children to choose a book, borrow it for a while, and eventually return it so someone else can enjoy it. To get involved in this ministry please email LLL@GroveChurch.org
NURSING HOME VISITATION PROGRAM
Volunteers (servants) are organized to read on a regular basis to residents of local nursing/assisted living facilities who have vision problems. A volunteer coordinator at each facility assists in setting up a schedule that is convenient for the volunteer and the resident. The initial pairing will be continued at each visit. The choice of reading material is at the discretion of the resident (e. g., correspondence, books, magazines, Bible verses, etc.). Grove Church is proud to participate in this compassionate effort since blindness can be isolating for seniors. This volunteer opportunity can provide a meaningful connection for those devastated by vision difficulties. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
PAPER FOR PEOPLE
Grove Church collects paper products on the first Sunday of every month. Items requested are facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, diapers, paper plates and cups. These are valued items for the recipients, as they cannot be purchased with food stamps. The donations are distributed on a rotating basis to the needy through these agencies:
- Bridge of Hope
- West Chester Food Cupboard
- Home of the Sparrow
- Coatesville Soup Kitchen
- Friends Association
- Domestic Violence Center
To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
Grove’s Prison Ministry enables volunteers to support local prison inmates by sending holiday cards, providing Christmas gifts for children of inmates and participating in collaborative programs
such as working with inmates to make no-sew pillows which are presented to nursing home residents. To get involved in this ministry, please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
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