The Church of the Transfiguration
Braddock Heights, MD
Rooted in Christ
Bound in Love
Called to Ministry
Food for the Poor: In 2017 COTT supported the Food for the Poor initiative with the building of a single unit home (with sanitation) in the Caribbean or Latin America. We learned about Food for the Poor from Reverend Holly when she visited us in April 2017. The cost to provide safe housing for a family is $3600 and what a difference it can make in the lives of children and their parents, currently living in hazardous makeshift housing conditions! To support this continuing project, donations of any size are welcome (designate 'Food for the Poor' on the memo line of your check or with a note accompanying cash donations. To learn more about Food for the Poor visit: www.foodforthepoor.org.
The Outreach Committee has had another year of blessings in being able to help, in the name of COTT, many causes and people. Over $36,000 was disbursed to organizations and individuals near and far.
Who We Helped
Many organizations and causes received funds to support their missions including:
*Nyakishenyi Africa Mission (NAM) for education of village children
*Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs (Frederick, MD)
*Episcopal Migration Ministries for refugee support efforts
*Food for the Poor to build a home with sanitation for a needy family.
*Episcopal Relief and Development for hurricane disaster relief
*Doctors without Borders
*Seed of Life for seeds and other farm supplies.
*Frederick High School Model United Nations
*Rendezvous Haiti at Loyola University for work in Haiti
*International Rescue Committee for Rohingya refugee support
How We Did It
Much of the money sent was budgeted by vestry as a tithe from the Everhart Fund proceeds and pledges. Over $600 was contributed by parishioners for the Food for the Poor House and the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP). In addition to ongoing donations to the Middletown Foodbank, 406 food items were donated to support the Department of Social Services (DSS) food drive for their senior citizen clients. DSS reported that over 140 vulnerable seniors were helped. In October and December, respectively, the congregation generously contributed socks and 277 personal care items in support SHIP’s effort to help homeless Frederick County Public School students.
Stay tuned for more outreach news after the committee resumes meetings in February. If you have ideas or questions for the Outreach Committee, please share them with any member:
Ruth Wallace, Sue Wirths, Toni Beaird-Wilson, Bernadette Roche, Emily Stetler, Fr. Gordon, or Linda Myers (Chair).
The Church of the Transfiguration Outreach Committee sent $1000 to support Rendez-vous Haiti, a non-profit organization created by Loyola Modern Languages French instructor, Catherine Savell, in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This year, Loyola student volunteers accompanied Dr. Savell to the Village Notre Dame de Lourdes, to contribute to the ongoing construction of this village that houses a community of 96 orphans, street children, and rescued “restavek” children and adolescents so devastated by the earthquake and its aftermath. Students in this “spring break outreach” program funded their own trips, and worked to create a more sustainable future for the people of this village. Many others have contributed to Rondez-vous Haiti this year, and a full report of the fruits of that funding can be found in the report hanging on the bulletin board in the COTT narthex. Specifically, Dr. Savell and the sisters that run the orphanage earmarked the $1000 funding to rebuild the damaged home for a widowed mother of 3, pictured here (I can only imagine the smile must have been this big when she learned of this great news).
Nadege and her children have been living in a tent, so repairs to their home must be a huge relief. Mother Theresa once said, “we have forgotten that we belong to one another” when explaining why peace is so difficult to achieve. This can act as a great reminder that “it takes a village” and how connected we are to all people.
The Outreach Committee closed 2015 with a meeting on Dec. 14. Ongoing ministries of foodbank collections and bread and produce sales continued. The UTO collection taken throughout November resulted in $380 collected, not counting boxes turned in since funds were sent to the diocese. Those late arriving funds will be held for later submission to the diocese. The Frederick Chorale concert in appreciation of SHIP’s efforts to support homeless students in Frederick County yielded a donation to SHIP of $700 from the Chorale and $100 from a person attending the concert. The Chorale is very appreciative of the use of the sanctuary for the concert.
End of year funds will go to:
Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation, $2000, to supplement Giving Tree contributions which will be used for food, toiletry and firewood boxes.
To address refugee resettlement needs within the diocese, $5000 will be sent to Episcopal Refugee & Immigrant Center Alliance (ERICA).