Local Missions

                                   

The Blessing Box is a unique way for food to get directly to thos who need it the most.  OPPC has a box under the covered entrance of the church which stores non-perishable food items for those experiencing food shortage to simply stop and choose what they need. Those who wish to help feed the hungry are able to stop and put food directly into the Blessing Box.  Deacon Michele Pellette saw the Blessing Box on Facebook and together with the leadership of the church, the box was built.  The Blessing Box has been featured in the local and city newspaper, as well as a local radio station.  Food and/or monetary donations can be made to "OPPC" with "Blessing Box" in the memo section are always joyfully accepted!  

 

Click here to read more about the Blessing Box!  

 

 

Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation – volunteers pick up the day’s end baked goods on Tuesday nights and deliver to Friends of Night People on Wednesday mornings.

                                          

                                          

                                           

Did you know that nearly 30% of the homeless population in Western New York are children?

Our congregation, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, made a decision to help homeless families in our region in 1996, and is a member of the Family Promise of Western New York Network. We are a Host Church site which means that one week every quarter, we host homeless families in our Church. Locally, there are eight Host Congregations and more than 30 support congregations or organizations which provide lodging, meals and a safe secure environment for families.               

Family Promise is a truly unique organization. Their top priority is keeping the family together during their period of homelessness. Family Promise models its services on a national paradigm that brings together existing local community resources, especially faith congregations, to assist with their mission to serve homeless families. Family Promise offers an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to reduce homelessness and transform lives. Over 500 volunteers assist, which helps keep operational expenses very low. This strategy enables Family Promise to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at a third of the cost of traditional shelters.

No one wants to be homeless. We think it only happens to other people, but the reality is that the people Family Promise serves are average American families who have fallen on hard times. It is the new face of homelessness, and is being seen more and more. For people living paycheck to paycheck, it doesn’t take much to fall over the edge.

Joan Holl and Donna Morrow are our congregation’s Family Promise Coordinator. Please contact Donna at mikedonna63@verizon.net if you would like to volunteer. To find out more about Family Promise, visit http://www.fpwny.org/

Pictured here is one of our families on the day they received the keys to their new home!

   

 

The Mission Workshop – every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. The Meeting Place is transformed into a beehive of activity as folks create gifts of warmth and love for local charitable organizations such as Project Linus, Rosewell Park, Hospice, Cradle Beach and Make-A-Wish.  For more information about the Workshop, please contact founder and facilitator, Lora Grinder.

                       

Southtown’s Family Center – celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 12, 2011. In collaboration with the Orchard Park Parsons (the local ministerium), the Center houses a variety of services including a satellite of the Family Justice Center.

 

For more information about these local ministries, please contact Linda Babcock.