Everyone should have a place to call Home. That sounds like a simple concept that everyone should easily be able to wrap their head around, right! Everyone should have a safe, secure and sanitary home to live in, either alone or with family and friends. Home means different things to different people.
To some, it is a place to return to after a day of work; to others it is a place to find a sense of calm and peace, to escape the chaotic environment of everyday life; and to others it is shelter and security. Whatever it means to each and every individual in their own way, having a home should be a non-debatable fact of life.
Yet, as a nation and a world for that matter, we spend billions of dollars every year on programs that, at times, we do not even understand or are politically motivated programs. Yet when it comes to finding and supporting programs to assist those in need of housing and food, those programs are the ones in jeopardy of being cut and eliminated.
As Houses of Worship…How Can We Move Forward and Support Those In Need?
At First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Cranford, we have been supporting programs such as transitional housing and emergency shelter and also preparing food for those in need for over 31 years.
In 1986, FPC Cranford began work with the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) to supply transitional housing for several weeks per year.
Over 27 years, ago, the Cranford – Elmora Soup Kitchen was founded and to this day, it supplies dinner every Sunday afternoon to all who need a hot meal.
Starting this month, FPC will be starting our 3rd year with Operation Warm Heart, a program through the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless that brings homeless men and women to our church each week from December 1 thru March 31.