Starting Grounds: To Know God and to Make Him known to Others
|Ken Turney, Point person|
In partnership with Open House Ministries, a homeless shelter located in Vancouver, WA, both pastoral and congregational volunteering is provided in numerous ways. The Open House Ministries chaplain is a member of SGC, with the lead pastor and many members of the congregation sharing their time and talents, ministering to the ‘whole’ person/family. (www.sheltered.com)
Partnership with Maple Grove Elementary and other schools
We have forged a partnership with Maple Grove Elementary to work together to help provide resources for after-school programs and meet the needs of the classrooms. We have a wonderful relationship with the leadership at Maple Grove and our two organizations are mutually committed to improving the lives of the children of Battle Ground. Through the grace of God, we were able to assist Maple Grove with:
- Re-sanding their volleyball courts
- Preparing their community garden for their after-school program
- Providing funds to help sustain after-school activities
- Hosting a pencil drive to help off-set the cost of providing 1,000 pencils for standardized testing
- School supply drive to help children without the means to purchase school supplies
- Hosting Maple Grove’s back-to-school open house night by providing free refreshments to families
- Funded Maple Grove’s watch dog program
- Hosting teacher appreciation days with free coffee for teachers
Connect Battle Ground provides ways for others to minister to children, up to age 17. Churches in the area are encouraged to adopt one or more elementary schools. SGC presently is reaching out to three elementary schools. Volunteers assist with raising funds, and provide back-packs filled with school supplies. As needed, clothing and food are made available. Every Friday during the school year, a team of volunteers pack two breakfast and two lunch meals for each student to take home with them.
Partnership with North County Community Food Bank
At Christmastime, we hosted a dinner for several families who are on assistance through the NCCFB. It was our pleasure to serve them for the evening and provide a meal to friends in need.
Partnership with Open House Ministries
Open House Ministries is a faith-based community organization helping homeless families by providing shelter and intervention through Christ-centered, life changing programs. Open House Ministries is committed to equipping homeless families with the tools necessary for resolving issues that lead to pverty and homelessness. They are dedicated to helping homeless families restore healthy relationships with each other, with their community and with Christ.
Second Hand Solutions is not your typical thrift store. We believe by providing a positive learning environment where Open House residents can gain on-the-job training, work experience and self-confidence, we can help end the cycle of homelessness. Our store is staffed with Open House residents and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer and work alongside our residents, please call Open House Ministries at 360.737.0300 and talk to our Volunteer Coordinator.
When you dontate or shop with us, you are helping homeless families in our community. All donations received help support our residents by either going directly to a family. 100% of proceeds sold at our thrift store benefits homeless families. Every $19 sold at our store helps pay for someone to stay one night at our shelter.
Christmas Toy Drive
Keeping Dry in the Wet
Inside each draw string back pack there are the following items: box of band aids, rain poncho (NOT the cheap 99 Cent variety), socks, gloves, gallon zip lock baggie, leaf size trash bag, kleenex, cough drops or hard candy, chap stick, small bottle lotion, hand warmers and foot warmers.
They are also collecting tarps and clothing, but those items will be handed out as needed
Sharing the Love of Jesus - Compassion in Action - Compassion as a Lifestyle
Respite care is offered by SGC once a month, to families of special needs children. In addition, SGC participates in an International outreach, providing baby carriers and supplies for refugee families, through ‘Carry the Future’