Thank you, faith-based communities
The Center for Respite Care is grateful to the faith-based community for its commitment to social justice, health, and healing. This unwavering generosity has extended to the Center for decades and gives hope and compassion to our clients. These ongoing relationships have been partnerships providing volunteer groups, financial support, and in-kind donations to the Center’s wish list. Many members of these congregations have become individual volunteers and personal donors.
Here are some examples of the generosity of the faith-based community:
The Center receives ongoing financial support from Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church. Our first volunteers were members of the congregation. Every month a group provides a meal to share with the clients. The Center also serves as one of the sites for the church’s summer youth outreach program.
The parish of St. Francis De Sales has a program called “Service to Others.” The parish is staffed by the Marianist brothers and priests. The outreach program rotates a monthly focus on organizations who share the Marianist spirit. While the Center is non-sectarian, our Dr. Bob Donavon is a Marianist brother. In February, parishioners shared a meal with the clients, did touch up painting throughout the facility, and made donations of items to refurbish the client kitchenette.
Along with ongoing financial support through the church’s Mission Committee, Sycamore Presbyterian Church annually hosts a holiday concert with audience donations coming to the Center. The acclaimed pianist Michel Chertock coordinates the spirited evening featuring his talented friends and family members. Many attendees have become regular donors to the Center. https://www.sycamorechurch.org/
Each year, on December 24, members of Adath Israel Congregation come to
the Center for Respite Care bringing a meal to serve and share with the clients and also to present them with gift bags that include get-well cards hand made by the children of the congregation. Also, the Center has been the recipient of many wish list drives over the years. Including a clothing-drive taken on by the teenagers who then delivered, sorted, and sized the contributions.
This week the Center for Respite Care received a site visit from a representative of the Community Grants Committee of Christ Church Cathedral. The congregation is well noted for its outreach here in the downtown area and beyond, as well as partnering with organizations through funding. The Center has gratefully received support through the Community Grants Committee in the past two grant cycles and recently submitted a new application.
Along with waiting to hear the results of the grant review, we are also hoping that the information shared with the committee representative will interest the coordinators of the Cathedral’s community discussion sessions, securing us an invitation to visit and share the Center’s story. https://cincinnaticathedral.com/
Here at the Center for Respite Care, we are always looking for opportunities to partner with faith-based organizations and civic groups. If you can help with a contact and introduction, it would be greatly appreciated. You and all the groups spotlighted here truly make the mission happen!