Plymouth Street Ministry,
in Eau Claire, is a non-profit organization.
We serve the homeless population primarily, however there are individuals and families that were once homeless that are now housed. We do continue to monitor and shepherd them to keep them housed and off the streets. Except for small food items that we receive through a relationship with Feed My People food bank, we subsist solely on donations.
I, personally, collect donations to support the street ministry's needs and after having numerous people in Jim Falls help out, it was suggested to me to broaden my donation area.
While I'd prefer items be brought to the Jim Falls United Methodist Church, I will travel to wherever I need to in order to obtain either larger sized items or larger amounts of items. If someone from Lake Holcombe had smaller items, I could ask Pastor Jason if he would be willing to bring them to Jim Falls, but like I said, I'll go to them, as well.
There are a couple of websites to find further information, one is directly from the Plymouth United Church of Christ, which is where the street ministry is based, that is http://www.pcucc.com/street.html and the other site that has been created solely for the ministry ishttp://plymouthstreetministry.weebly.com/ and we're on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plymouthstreetministryec. On these sites, street journals, written by myself and others, can be found which tell the stories of what we see and there are photos of some of those we serve.
Many of those on the street are mentally ill, getting them help and keeping them stable is very difficult. While we would love to see everyone get a home, this isn't a realistic option. We support those on the streets in any manner we can.
The group is run by Pastor Mike Henry.
One more thing about the homeless ministry ----
If any of the churches are interested in supporting us on a routine basis such as a general donation box or provide a case of water or ?, that would be fantastic. The UMC in Fall Creek has done a chili feed in the past.
umbrella's, the short kind so people can put them in their back packs
food cards especially Subway
gas card for the van
food cards from Mega and Gordy's for the large families that we shepherd
Pull-ups -- size med
baby formula, any brand
Adult bicycles, nothing fancy but in reasonable, ride-able state or in need of minor repair
VERY clean or new combs, hairbrushes (brushes are a luxury)
Hoodies (XL +), either pull over or zip up
Shorts, prefer the pull on / athletic shorts but will take any
T-shirts, good shape
-- on the street
-- working in the storeroom as needed
Shelving units, boxes, bins for storeroom storage -- lids for plastic bins NOT required
Tennis shoes, clean and in good shape, M/F
Hoodies, planning for next winter. Completely out of L, XL + sizes
Socks, Underwear for both M/F, need boxers and briefs for the men
Shorts -- Men and women, athletic / elastic waist
Work boots -- men, size 8-9, clean and good shape
We also work with an agency, Western Dairyland, that has obtained a grant to provide housing to the homeless. We are running low on couches, furniture -- basic furniture for someone just starting out (no large hutches or curios) small appliances especially microwaves and coffee pots, cleaning products, lamps. Hygiene products (new) are welcome as well as bedding, new or used towels in good shape, really just basic living items. Knickknacks are not necessary. Many of the apartments our people get into are small and often not able to handle large, overstuffed couches. While we appreciate any and all donations, we need to be practical about what we can use and what we can get through narrow doorways!
If we are unable to use the items that are donated, we take care of the disposal of the items or will pass the items on to either Saver's or Goodwill.
Volunteers and questions are welcome, contact Karen 715-944-5895
Thank you so much!
Karen Petersin, friend of the Jim Falls UMC
“FLOOD BUCKETS – an ongoing mission”
Flood Buckets will be a year round mission project for Holcombe United Methodist Church. Bring items that you can donate, using the list below, to the Church and place on the table labeled for this project. WE will sort the items and FILL the cleaning buckets. The completed
buckets will be picked up and delivered to a center for future need in Wisconsin and around the country, distributed by UMCOR.
Flood (cleaning) Bucket:
-liquid laundry detergent – 50 oz.
-household cleaner concentrate – 12 to 16 oz.
-antibacterial dish soap – 16 to 28 oz.
-air freshener – 8 or 9 oz (aerosol cans must have protective cap)
-insect repellent (not killer) – 6 to 14 oz (with protective cap)
-5 scouring pads (not steel wool; flat ones work best for packing)
-1 scrub brush/hand
-18 cleaning towels (Easy Wipe, reusable)
-7 sponges, assorted sizes
-50 clothes pins (snap)
-clothesline (cotton) approx. 3/16” diameter x 100 ft.
-dust mask – 5 pack (disposable and sealed in a bag)
-latex gloves – package of 2 pair (Premier)
-work gloves – 1 pair (Wells Lamont, Canvas Dot)
-trash bags – 24 (rolled into 2 sets of 12) (Glad tie, approx 30 gallon or larger)
Beverage Tab Collection
The collection of beverage can tabs is ongoing and you may bring your collection and place in the large garbage can in the Fellowship Hall at Holcombe UMC. Help us fill up this LARGE garbage can to help with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Reminder (as of May 15, 2015): bring in those soda and beverage can tabs to
fill up the big plastic garbage can in the fellowship hall.
We are almost to the top, but the last few inches are the
hardest to fill. During the summer we should be able to
complete this can.
Place a small container to collect them at home near your recycling as a reminder. Everyone in the family can do this mission project.
Paul Webster, Missionary to Mujila Falls
We have recently made a commitment to covenant with Paul Webster at the Mujila Falls Agricultural Centre.
We were so fortunate to have Paul with us on a Sunday last July. We enjoyed his message in the worship service, and with Andre leading the Children’s Time in dancing together.
We have made this Covenant Relationship with Paul for several years and we are so thankful for your support.
To see the rest of the article that was published in our July & August Parish Post, click on this link: May/June 2015 Newsletter from Mujila Falls.