Sunday, May 19, 2013
Traverse City, Michigan
Central's Outeach Program reaches out to Local Community needs.
Service available to all regardless of religious affiliations.
Central's Fellowship Hall opens its doors every week Monday through Friday to the homeless and economically challenged. Services provided to clients include a hot breakfast, access to showers and a phone, as well as a message and mail center. Most importantly, Community Outreach provides a safe and warm environment and good fellowship. Further, our Community Outreach Coordinator, Donna Weitz, works with guests on job and assistance applications, provides BATA bus passes to those with special needs, and counseling on how to obtain other services that they might be in need of. Guests may stay as long as they like during the hours we are open. We have three or four volunteers assisting Donna each of the days we are open. If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry, please contact Mike McDonald at 935-3759 or Donna Weitz at the church office at 946-5191.
Central Church joins eight other local churches to serve a hot meal to the homeless and economically challenged year around – seven days a week. Central hosts its Community Meal every Thursday from Noon until 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We have rotating teams of volunteers that cook, serve and clean up after the meal each Thursday. If you are interested in forming a team or simply would like to volunteer your services for this ministry, please contact Jacquie Thomas at the church office at 946-5191.
Central United Methodist Church participates with over twenty other Traverse City area churches in the Safe Harbor program which provides shelter, meals and fellowship for the homeless of Grand Traverse region during the cold weather portion of the year. We have been a participating church since the inception of Safe harbor in 2004. The program normally begins in late October and ends in early April.
This year Central hosted Safe Harbor from the night of Saturday, January 19, 2013 through the morning of Saturday, February 2, 2013 averaging 61 guests for 14 nights, a significant increase of 23 guests a night over the prior year. 150 Central volunteers worked over 1000 hours and served over 1800 meals during the period. Volunteers have the opportunity to prepare and serve evening meals, visit with our guests in the evening, stay overnight as a monitor, prepare and serve breakfast and help make sure our guests are up and on the way in the morning.
Click here for more information regarding volunteer opportunities. There are also opportunities to help with set up before and clean up after our hosting period and to provide food items for meals and snacks.
Central's dates for the 2013-2014 Safe Harbor season will be determined sometime this coming summer and will be posted here as soon as they are available.
222 Cass Street Traverse City, Michigan 49684