Each year during the Lenten season a hands on community project is chosen that members of our congregation can volunteer their time, talent, or monetary support to complete.
On Saturday March 21, 2015, 18 members of our congregation served lunch to 100 women and children at COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) in downtown Detroit. During the preceding week, 11 members cooked 12 gallons of beef and barley soup and 12 baked cookies. Phyllis O. shopped for bread, David D. for cookies, Rick and Denise H. for fruit and Mark G. for beverages. A healthy lunch was prepared for those who need our assistance in a city that has more children living in extreme poverty than any of the nation’s 50 largest cities. (Kids Count) Thanks to all cooks and bakers and everyone who participated in any way.
For Lent 2014, members of GPCC planned an after school game event at The Children's Center of Detroit.
On Thursday, April 10, 13 members of the congregation traveled to the Children's Center of Detroit to facilitate an after school games event with dinner. Our volunteers registered guests, served dinner to 48 adults and children (clients of the Center), and played Candyland, Sorry, Uno, Connect 4, Memory, Bowling, and Operation. The volunteers and children all had a great time. Many thanks to our numerous volunteers for their time and enthusiasm to make this a successful Lenten project. The congregation was most generous donating 53 games to be played and given as prizes. Combined monetary donations of $710 purchase dinner for all participants at the Games Event. Extra funds will be given to the Children's Center to support their ongoing important family programs.
In addition, on April 7, two volunteers delivered an amazing number of baby care products to the Children's Center Boutique where clients of the Center can find basic needs products. The congregation contributed wipes, formula, toys, baby bottles, new and gently used baby clothing, and over 500 diapers! Our youth made and donated 12 fleece blankets. Many parents in the Infant Mental Health Program access the Boutique.