With the arrival of Lent in mid-February 2021, we were acutely aware that folks in our local communities had found their lives upended during the past year through no fault of their own. Many people had been unable to pay their rent or mortgage for various reasons, including job loss, reduced work hours, extended illness due to Covid infection, and other difficulties arising from the pandemic.
To help with this situation, the Mission Committee began a fundraising effort within our congregation by designating $3000 from our Mission Discretion Fund to BEDS Plus Care for homelessness prevention. Very quickly, our congregation responded GENEROUSLY, Session approved matching funds, and together, our efforts resulted in a total gift of $40,000 delivered to BEDS Plus. What a gift for PCWS to be able to partner with BEDS and essentially contribute $1,000 for each of the 40 days of Lent!
Joann Boblick, Manager of Stabilization Services, and the BEDS organization were thrilled with the meaningful support these funds will provide in their ongoing mission to help prevent homelessness. Through their tailored approach, BEDS Plus can often keep people housed without the need for further help, and we are honored to have been able to partner with them in their efforts this Spring.
Joann joined us in (virtual) worship in February and shared some important details of the program. Watch her compelling video here.