2016 SHARE THE HARVEST
FREE, HOT, FULL COURSE MEALS INCLUDE:
(SALAD, TURKEY & SIDE, DESSERT, BEVERAGE & UTENSIL)
“All God’s children on one accord, with one heart, helping others who are in need.”
(Inspired by ACTS 4:32-35)
OCTOBER 8, 2016
MY SISTER'S LIGHTHOUSE RESOURCE ENTER 5TH ANNUAL AWARENESS WALK
WALK STARTS ON: THE CORNER OF LINCOLN PARK & BROAD ST
WALK ENDS AT: LINCOLN PARK WITH CHECK POINTS AT CITY HALL
920 BROAD ST. NEWARK, NJ
SEPT. 20TH 9AM-9PM SEPT.21ST
REGISTRATION= $10 (REGISTRATION FEE FOR WALK) . SIGN UP BEGINS @ 8AM & WALK STARTS @ 9PM
PARTNERS IN A.C.T.S.
As a PK (PreacABOUT Partners In A.C.T.S.) My Journey Of Service Partners in A.C.TS was born of the Outreach Ministry at Franklin – St. John’s UMC In 2006. Having observed her passion for community service while working as a consultant for Newark Now, then Mayor Cory A. Bookers NPO, Pastor Lloyd Preston Terrell approached Debi Hall-Dean with the charge to lead the Outreach Ministry of the church.hers kid), acts of kindness and offering aid to the less fortunate was never an option, it was an obligation and way of life. From a very early age, I was actively involved in community related school projects, church missions, community events, block associations, etc. I earned my living in corporate America until 1996, when an illness rendered me unable to work. I threw myself into community advocacy to fill the void in my days, and before long I was hooked. In 2006, having observed my gifts and passion for service, my Pastor approached me to establish an Outreach Ministry at the church. My team, known as Partners in A.C.T.S. (PACTS), consisted of approximately 15 members.
A.C.T.S. is an acronym for Assisting our Community Through our Service. Our mission, “All God’s children, on one accord, with one heart, helping others who are in need.” Was inspired by ACTS 4:32-35, which references landowners who came together and sold off portions of their properties and possessions, and distributed the proceeds among the less fortunate so that no one would have lack. Simply stated, our goal is to offer a temporary life-line, or hand up to low income families. We desired to help them through temporary hardships or between paychecks by offering some basic living essentials. We use PACTS as an abbreviation, but also to represent our PACT, or covenant with Christ to “feed his sheep”, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Probably the most important aspect of our name and our Ministry is the word Partners. Unlike most organizations of our kind, our services are not predicated on currency. Rarely have we sought grants or public funding. First, because we prefer not to be restricted in our service by the terms and conditions that apply, secondly because the joy that we experience from our own giving far outweighs that which comes from spending money from “others, and finally, as a 100% volunteer organization, we do not have the time or manpower for the massive amount of recording, reporting and numbers game that is usually required. We have one annual fundraiser to cover the cost of supplies and materials. Otherwise, we are “funded” by the sacrificial giving of our members, and a generous group of like-minded Partners. We rely on, and have been successful with the shared resources, goods and services among our many Partners.Our approach has been likened to a Chef’s salad. While an onion or a leaf of lettuce may not be appetizing on their own, if partner “A” brings lettuce, partner “B” brings a tomato, Partner “C” brings a cucumber, partner “D” brings an onion, etc.....before you know it, we ALL have a reasonable portion of a salad fit for kings & queens!
When presented with the assignment from the Pastor, our Team got to work and successfully organized a comprehensive back to school for low-income families. Never one to be content with mediocrity, I could not accept just handing out book bags. I was compelled to make a difference in the lives of these families in body, mind and spirit. With that in mind, I.led my team to provide hundreds of families with food, toiletries, school supplies, sneakers, spiritual encouragement and access to a host of social services to help them prepare for the school year. For 8 years, this was the only COMPREHENSIVE back to school event of its kind in the City of Newark. Our Ministry team also sponsors a personal hygiene pantry, confidential counseling services, a FREE seasonal Farmers Market, social service & resource referrals, and a Thanksgiving Day “Share The Harvest that served and delivered hundreds of hot, full course meals to individuals and families throughout the City and beyond. Each year we prayed that God would increase our territory, and each year we have grown by leaps and bounds in both our reach and our range of service.
In January of 2014, a particularly frigid winter, one Partner posed the question, “Where do the homeless people go at night to stay warm.” Research revealed that there was no place. Without a second thought, 6 of us began to pool our resources and contacts to find an immediate solution. In less than 2 weeks, we opened what would be Newarks’ very 1st Grassroots Emergency Overnight Warming Station. (GEOWS). Because little things mean a lot to one’s dignity, we changed the name of our target population from “the homeless” to our Neighbors With No Address. That year, we went from church to church, lugging cots, blankets and supplies to provide food and shelter on nights when the temperatures dropped to 32 degrees or below. Eventually,, a candidate running for Municipal office gave us access to his campaign headquarters overnight, and we finally had a place to call home base. Our Neighbors would walk miles for a hot dinner and breakfast, safe, warm place to lay their heads, and the company of people who dared to care. Once again, this initiative was 100% volunteer staffed, and funded by the sacrificial giving of our Partners time, talent and treasure. When that winter ended, we went into lobbying mode. We wrote, called or visited County officials daily, imploring them to enact a Code Blue legislation that would mandate access to shelter for our Neighbors with No Address in the event of life threatening weather conditions. Our efforts paid off, and Essex County adopted the Code Blue legislation on December 2014. But our job was not yet done.
PACTION The VISION .T.S.