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Welcome Home Basket & Outreach Team Box Project to Serve Homeless Community

To make a cash donation to help with this mission, simply choose “PNS Welcome Home Baskets & Outreach Boxes” from the drop down menu.  

Homeless Outreach Opportunity

As you probably know, because of current coronavirus concerns, St. Stephen and other area churches are unable to host Room in the Inn (RITI) this summer. In lieu of RITI, in addition to delivering sack lunches and breakfast bags to the Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS), we are assembling Welcome Home Baskets and Outreach Team Boxes to serve our homeless friends during July and August.

With increased funding for housing, the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) is planning to transition approximately 50 individuals into housing each month this summer. To help with this transition, TCHC gives each of them a laundry basket filled with household items. Teamed with our good friends from First Presbyterian, we hope to deliver at least 30 baskets—five of which are all ready to go!

To reduce population density in the shelters and encourage social distancing, homeless encampments are currently not being shut down by the City of Fort Worth. Outreach teams visit these camps to establish relationships and provide needed services, as well as deliver assembled boxes of various necessities.

With your donations of new or gently used items, combined with the many donations we have already received from our good friends at First Presbyterian and Godley United Methodist, we have already delivered 20 welcome baskets and hope to deliver 20 more, as well as 20 outreach boxes by mid-August.

We are in need of the following items:
Dinner plates
Bowls (cereal or soup)
Flatware (knives only)
Bath mats
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Bath/kitchen spray cleaner
Shower curtains (with hooks)
Brooms (with dust pans)
Sponge mops
Laundry detergent (small size, pods preferably)
Anti-bacterial gel
Band Aids (box of strips or assortment)
Bug spray
Nonperishable food items (i.e. jerky, peanut butter, crackers, can food with pop tops, granola bars)
Pet food, small bags/boxes
Refillable water bottles
Socks

•Please use the link above to sign up for specific items to donate. 

• NOTICE THE  5 TABS at the top of the sign-up sheet! Please explore all the options.

• We’re collecting items thru Aug 4th, from 1:00-1:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, safely retrieved from the trunk or passenger side of your vehicle. 

• NOTE: We do NOT want individuals to put themselves in additional or unnecessary exposure to acquire and donate any of these items. Please only purchase items when you are doing your own shopping, while maintaining safe social distancing, or by purchasing online.

Please contact Mike Tyson if you have any questions: 

Mike_Tyson@sbcglobal.net

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