On Sunday, amid fried chicken, salad, chocolate chip cookies and lemonade, the parish had a chance to share another kind of passion with each other: our passion for service. As I enjoyed my fried chicken, Karen Salter shared with my table her work with Armstrong High School, where she leads a retreat three times a year for students in a leadership program. Grace-on-the-Hill was also invited to share with the congregation our new laundry program, started in partnership with Pine Street Baptist Church. You’ve heard about this program for a few weeks now, but yesterday was the first time we shared pictures of our work, and yesterday, we invited you to write notes of prayer and support for the clients who have their laundry done. Thank you so much for your support!
This program has been a blessing for me because it is a way I can help without having any particular expertise. I know how to do a load of laundry, and that is the extent of the skill required. I frequently feel inadequate in the face of serving the needs of others. I’m not a doctor, and I’m not a social worker. But this is one thing I can do, and it’s a necessary service.
The homeless clients at Pine Street Baptist Church can leave their laundry on Wednesday afternoons between 1 and 3 PM. After 3, members of Grace-on-the-Hill pick up any laundry and begin washing. The next morning, clients pick up their clothing at Pine Street Baptist Church, where they also receive a hot breakfast and a bag of food that does not require any preparation. Some weeks, there is a nurse who takes blood pressure readings, and clients can access their lockers and a closet of clothes for items they need.
To see pictures of this project, check out our presentation!
If you’d like to get involved in this ministry, please talk to Teresa or Barbara about signing up. Volunteers will be stationed in the St. Andrew’s Parish House on Wednesday afternoons, where they will wash and dry a load of clothing. Parishioners are also invited to write notes of prayer and support to be included with the clean clothes the clients pick up. If you’d like to share your notes, please hand them to any one of the Grace-on-the-Hill residents!
As our year in service comes to a close (in two months!), we are discerning ways to keep this program alive over the summer. If you are passionate and want to help us continue this project, please let us know!