The Eliot Church’s Outreach efforts encompass programs at the local, regional, state and global levels. Through our denominational affiliations and our ongoing support of local community-based programs, we have supported some organizations for over a quarter of a century with financial donations and physically supported efforts.
Local: Family Promise Metrowest (formerly The Metropolitan Interfaith Hospitality Network (MIHN) is the Church’s latest outreach community-supported program. Working in consort with over 30 Metro area congregations, Eliot Church partners to offer support to hosting churches as they offer hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. The MIHN website allows church members and friends to keep abreast of ongoing needs of the organization in addition to AllSouls emails. For further information go to http://www.familypromisemetrowest.org/
The Natick Service Council (http://www.natickservicecouncil.org), the food pantry and the Thursday evening Natick Open Door dinner are examples of town based organizations and programs we continually support.
We also offer support and care to those in need within our congregation through an InReach program that provides a helping hand resource for meals, transportation to medical appointments, respite and caring visits.
Forums were established in 2003 to heighten awareness of civil, local and humanitarian issues. Representatives from various groups have been invited to speak to our members and friends providing pertinent information about issues in our town and area. Most recently the Natick 360 helped us to better understand their focus and mission.
Regional: A “Make a House a Home” joint effort with another local church raised money and donations of furnishings for a Pine Street Inn (http://www.pinestreetinn.org) housing structure.
State: Our families have participated in the Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger (http://www.projectbread.org) for over twenty years, raising much needed funds to support local food pantries and breakfast programs around the state.
National: High school students and adults have traveled to West Virginia to repair homes to make them safe, warm, and dry.
Global: Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org) and Relief Fund global catastrophic events have received financial donations from our congregants. An annual donation is made to the Unitarian Universalist Service Council (http://www.uusc.org), a voluntary, nonsectarian organization working to advance justice throughout the world.
If you would like more information about the Eliot Church’s Service/Outreach Program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.