Bikes for Cornerstone
We are collecting bicycles in any condition for Cornerstone Baptist Church throughout the month of June. Cornerstone Baptist Church has a program where community members can learn to repair and maintain bicycles, and then can keep a bicycle once they complete the program. Bring your bikes to the church on Sundays and Wednesdays in the month of June, and we will take them to Cornerstone. If you have a bike to donate, but can’t get it to the church, call JJ Berrier at 469-831-7339 to arrange a pickup.
Click the link below to see JJ Berrier's interview with Pastor Chris Simmons about the Cornerstone Garden.
NDSM is an interfaith community of volunteers, partners and collaborators providing charitable assistance to persons in need. NDSM is one of the Missions to which we regularly give, but they are seeing higher than average need from their clients right now. According to Judy Rorrie, the Executive Director of North Dallas Shared Ministries, requests for food and financial assistance has increased sharply. Since April 27, a very small group of NDSM volunteers has reviewed 1,864 applications for financial assistance; to date in just under seven months, 644 Covid-19 related households have received $480,643 in rent and/or utility assistance. The expectation is that the need for life-sustaining basic services will increase significantly as we begin the new year.
Hope Supply meets the critical needs of homeless and at-risk children across North Texas by providing necessities including diapers, clothing, school supplies and toys. to enhance their lives. They provide diapers and other essentials to social service organizations, including homeless shelters, transitional living centers, school districts and state agencies. We currently have a network of 70+ partner agencies, ensuring that our items are given directly to the families and children that need them the most. Right now, they have seen requests for their help increase by almost 300%.
Healing Hands Ministries welcomes every neighbor with barrier-free access to healthcare. On March 16th, HHM fully activated their emergency preparedness plan. The crisis call team has answered more than 17,000 calls and they have launched a tele-health model with 300 completed clinical visits in the first two weeks of launch. They continue to care for one of the most vulnerable populations in our community - mothers and babies - with 71 deliveries scheduled for the month of April.
The mission of Dallas Christian Women's Job Corps (DCWJC) is to offer a supportive environment where women in need or one step away from crisis are equipped for self-sufficiency and job-readiness skills while providing a context in which women help women. Your gift can help provide housing, utility, and medical assistance to their clients.
CitySquare set up an Emergency Relief Fund to cover critical, unexpected costs associated with caring for our neighbors during this crisis. We continue to serve our neighbors through key services: the Food Pantry meets our neighbors' basic food needs, the Dallas Connector provides free, essential transportation for homeless neighbors, and the Transition Resource Action Center's (TRAC) Dallas office is open as an Emergency Resource Center for Homeless Youth, including food and social support. We were already serving a record number of neighbors annually, and with the economic/employment impact of COVID-19, service demand has increased again.
Each year our neighbor, Tiferet Israel, holds their Chili Cook-off to raise support for the charitable work of Jewish Family Services of Dallas. The WOC and our RLBC Youth had planned to attend but COVID concerns made cancelling the entire cook-off necessary. Despite losing this valuable support, JFS continues to provide emergency food supplies, social and employment services, mental health counseling, and elder support to folks in Dallas regardless of race or religion.
Missions at the Border
Click here to learn about Royal Lane's Christmas contribution.
Royal Lane has a long history of answering God's call to love through service. "Missions Matters" will appear in the Mosaic and will be published on our blog below on a regular basis. It will highlight our continuing commitment to missions and other activities where we reach out to the community. This will be a place where we will tell our stories and perhaps help you find what "matters" most to you.
Many members of our congregation are active volunteers in diverse areas within the community. If you would like to share your volunteer story or information about an organization you support with our congregations, please fill out the form below.