Subject: West Side Update — August 29
29 August 2016
Safe Families for Children
Safe Families for Children is one of Hope for New York's newest non-profit affiliates.
Safe Families works with local churches to ensure that at-risk families receive the help they need to keep their children out of foster care. Safe Families is part of a national organization with chapters in many large cities across the country.
Their vision is to see all families together and healthy through the love and support of faithful volunteers. There are a variety of volunteer roles and opportunities with Safe Families: host families care for children in their homes; coaches and family friends offer support to the host family and/or the placing parent; and resource friends offer supplies or services. All volunteers will be part of a team coordinating with others to offer holistic care but will be free to focus only on their agreed-upon role.
"Safe Families for Children is one very strategic and needed way that believers in NYC can love our neighbors," says NYC Coordinator Laura Galt. "By reaching out to families in crisis, we can directly impact the lives of parents and their children. We can offer community and become like spiritual extended family. We can prayerfully see the 14,000 children in foster care in NYC decrease in number. We can keep families intact and empower parents to care for their children. We can offer the love of Jesus to our neighbors."
Learn more about getting involved with Safe Families for Children this fall. Our next orientation session is Saturday, Sept. 24.
The West Side Café will resume again in the fall.
The West Side Café is an open space for seekers, skeptics and those considering Christianity to engage with and process the Christian faith. Each week will involve a short presentation and discussion addressing topics of interest and claims of the Christian faith. For more info, visit redeemer.com/wscafe.
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
Frederick Buechner, in his book Longing for Home, writes that "we carry inside us a vision of wholeness that we sense is our true home that beckons us." Then he adds:
"woe to us if we forget the homeless ones who have no vote, no power, nobody to lobby for them, who might as well have no faces. Woe to us if we forget our own homelessness. ... To be really at home is to be really at peace, and our lives are so intrinsically interwoven that there can be no peace for any of us until there is real peace for all of us."
Yesterday at our worship services, we were reminded of this truth and the obligation we have to bring peace to those in our city through opportunities to serve with Hope for New York. As Buechner reminds us, Christians have the most powerful motivation to bring hope to those in hopeless situations because we were once "without hope and without God in this world" (Eph 2:12). This is why Redeemer has been committed from its inception to serving the poor and marginalized of NYC. So as HFNY celebrates its 25th year, please consider how you can "remember your homelessness" by clicking here and volunteering your time to bring tangible healing and hope to those in our city.
Rev. David Bisgrove
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