Next Mission Committee Meeting
January 22, 2024 6:30 PM via Zoom
Cost $360 per child annually.
Our two children are 13 year old Chezca Mae Ortillano and 16 year old Jemwel C. Solis. Both children live in the Philippines and attend Dumaguete Kalauman Center for Development. If you are able to help support this very worthy cause, please write “child sponsorship” on your mission envelope. Thank you for your continued support of this ongoing project.
Valor: Assistance for Homeless Veterans
Our 2024 first quarter mission project will be Valor House.
Hope For The Homeless is their multifaceted community assistance program which includes outreach, monthly Stand Down events, and move-in assistance for Homeless Veterans. This project meets a glaring community need for short-term transitional and/or emergency housing. Wearing their distinctive VET22 (neon yellow) VALOR shirts, they seek out homeless Veterans in the wooded areas along the water’s edge, in abandoned buildings, and under bridges. Their weekly Stand Down events provide clothing, food, and a hot meal to our Veteran homeless population. Check their Events or Facebook page for scheduled events. They provide move-in assistance to newly housed Veterans by giving them an initial supply of food and housewares. People living outdoors rarely have furniture, linens or kitchen wares. They provide these items to set them up for success when they move into a home.
The Major Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary (commonly referred to as Paul’s House) is located in the former Hotel Jonas in Polk Township. Its namesake, Major Paul Syverson, was a highly decorated Special Forces Officer who was killed in a mortar attack in Iraq in 2004. This restored building continues to serve the community as it has for decades with beds and meals, as well as a renewed mission. Thanks to the community and countless volunteers they accomplished a “million-dollar home rehab on a $100,000 budget”. This facility is located at 1130 Scenic Drive, which is the intersection of Highway 534 and Jonas Road, in the town of Kunkletown in rural Monroe County, PA.
Paul’s House accommodates up to 12 Veterans a day. They serve 3 healthy meals a day that are specifically designed to help with health challenges faced by homeless Veterans. The program is dependent on community donations and volunteers who generously donate over 5,000 combined hours per month. If you would like to support this project, please write “Veterans” on your mission envelope.