Homeless Connect is an event that focuses on serving those who are homeless in Tuscaloosa. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central High School. Volunteers will be trained at 7 a.m. on the morning of the event, at the school. Donations are accepted from volunteers. Love In the Name of Christ, along with area churches, agencies, businesses, and volunteers, come together to remove the barriers of homelessness. Guests can receive any and all services provided, free of charge. The services range from legal, medical and dental assistance, vaccinations, prescriptions, eye exams and eyeglasses, to resources for housing, education, employment and much more. During last year’s event, 235 guests attended, 35+ agencies rendered services, 40+ churches participated, 64 professionals volunteered their time and services, as well as over 300 volunteers. There were 168 dental extractions, 19 Department of Motor Vehicles licenses renewed, 40 identification cards issued, 78 who received legal support, 48 medical needs met, 74+ prescriptions filled, 480 haircuts given, 68 pairs of eyeglasses fitted, and 41 housing needs filled. Fifty plus have been housed since last year.
Our Poverty Initiative begins Sunday, Sept. 3. We are excited to welcome Robin Montgomery of West Alabama Area on Aging; Robin will talk about hunger needs in Tuscaloosa County. Please gather in the sanctuary at 10:15 to hear her. Then on Wednesday, Sept. 6, Don Johnson of Filter of Hope will talk about water needs in under-resourced countries. Please gather in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m. to hear Don.
Thank you to Beverly White for serving on the Caring Days Board and helping with their fundraiser.
Our Christian Book Club will start on Sept. 11; we will meet on Mondays from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Aldersgate Room.
Over Christmas we are going with Filter of Hope on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. More info can be found at www.filterofhope.org. The college students will sell T-shirts as a fundraiser.