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Twice yearly, the FUMC opens their doors to assist this ministry with a place to prepare food and worship for prisoners at the Hightower Correctional Unit.
This is a community outreach program that assists impoverished school children in the Dayton area with basic needs. 4 distribution days per year are designated to give these children school supplies, seasonal shoes, clothing, coats, blankets and basic hygiene needs.
August Distribution: School Supplies
Late Sep./Early Oct. Distribution: Cool weather clothing and hygiene items - 2 pants, 2 shirts, bag of underwear, socks, shoes (voucher for shoes and volunteers meet them at Wal-Mart to fit and pay for shoes). Hygiene kits include toothbrush, paste, deodorant, shampoo, bar soap, washcloth, comb and brush, etc.
December/Christmas Distribution: Winter jacket, blanket, pillow and case. We also give them a Bible and a box of Christmas treats - cookies, cakes, candy, etc.
March Distribution: Spring lighter weight clothing and hygiene items - same number of pants, shirts, undies and shoes, etc.
Our program needs about $500 per child per school year to fund. Our congregation is generous. We ask and they gift. We have not had to raise funds for this program. Presently we have 15 children we are helping.
Jubilee ministry uses our church for the preparation of meals and the outside support ministries of prayer and administrative support as an inside team ministers in the jail.
Society of St. Stephens – open every Thursday from 8:00 am until 12 noon. Volunteers gather to collect and sell gently used articles of clothing and housewares that are sold at discounted rates. All goods and proceeds are donated to areas of persons in need. This ministry has been in operation for approximately 40 years. This resale shop is unique because it is open only one day a week and most items sell for only one dollar. Each Thursday from 8 am until noon our shop thrives from sales to our local community. Our shop is located at 404 East Houston. We have gently used clothing for men, women and children. We also have an abundance of household items. We appreciate the donations so graciously given by our community. In return we are happy to assist anyone in need of our merchandise. We are truly a blessed outreach.
Open the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. One bag of groceries is given to a needy household that resides in the city of Dayton.