GOD’S HELPING HANDS
Ready for a New School Year
We are happy to report that, with the help of KUCC and other church partners, 129 backpacks were purchased and filled with supplies for the children of the GHH community. The first 116 were given to those who came to St. Philip’s on Friday, July 29. 13 more were given later to those who couldn’t make the Friday event. A big THANK YOU to all who helped to make this effort a success!
The McDaniels Have a New, Well Furnished Home
For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. Psalms 72:12
Mary McDaniel and her six grandchildren have moved into a new home following the loss of the children’s mother. The family recently held a memorial service and balloon release to honor this young mother in the park where she was found murdered. Partnering with four other groups to help furnish the home, KUCC has provided kitchen and bathroom supplies. All requests have been purchased! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help this family get a new start!
HABITAT HOUSE WELCOMES NEW OCCUPANTS
We are thrilled to announce that a family has now taken possession of our 2016-2017 Habitat House. After standing empty for five years, the house has been updated with all new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems as well as a new, open layout. Workers toiled across the summer to add insulation, replace all mechanical systems, reconfigure space to create an open floorpan, and update all of the interior finishes. The home in Bellefontaine Neighbors certainly has a new lease on life! The photos above show the exterior and work in progress by Bob Steen, KUCC’s Habitat coordinator, and the happy mom who will soon have this completely refurbished home to enjoy with her husband and their two children.
KUCC annually pledges financial support to the UCC Habitat House. For our 2016 house, we collected more than $2500, exceeding our goal of $2300. Thank you to everyone whose contributions helped us reach the finish line! Thanks, as well, to all KUCC members who donated time and hard work to make this dream a reality!
Thank you to everyone at Kirkwood UCC who helped make 2016 a successful year for outreach efforts at Kirkwood UCC!
December–More than 100 Christmas gifts were donated for God’s Helping Hands and St. John’s Community Ministry.
November–Approximately 130 guests were served a hot breakfast as part of our ministry with God’s Helping Hands in north St. Louis on November 20.
October–$1330 was collected for the UCC emergency aid fund, Neighbors in Need.
September–KUCC helped sponsor a silent auction which raised nearly $1000 for God’s Helping Hands outreach ministry in North St. Louis.
August–A team from KUCC worked on a Habitat for Humanity house in Bellefontaine Neighbors, helping to completely update the home for a family to occupy in 2017.
July–School supplies were collected for God’s Helping Hands outreach ministry. Funds were collected to help recent high school graduate Kayla Ross, part of the God’s Helping Hands community, begin her college career at Ball State University.
June–Clothing was distributed at a successful Juneteenth celebration on June 18.
May–Collected local mission offering for Eden Seminary, the St. Louis Association of the UCC, and KirkCare on May 8. Collected gently used clothing for a clothing give-away at St. Philip’s Church on June 18, an activity of the God’s Helping Hands ministry.
April–Collected $2777 for One Great Hour of Sharing.
March–Provided 29 Easter outfits for God’s Helping Hands ministry. Served over 90 clients a hot breakfast on March 20.
February–With the support of the congregation, the youth groups earned $441 for One Great Hour of Sharing by making and selling Super Bowl sub sandwiches. Our team served nearly 100 clients a hot breakfast on February 21.
January–The Director of St. Philips Community Outreach Program indicated a need for children’s underwear, and socks for men and women. So instead of our winter school supplies collection, we had three “Undies Sundays” to collect these items. Donations ensure that many individuals will benefit from having this need filled.