LOCAL MISSION INITIATIVES:
The Action Center – www.theactioncenterco.org Contact – Sue Osborn
- The Action Center’s Mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.
Alamosa Mission Trip – www.slvhabitatorg Contact – Bob Garvin
- SOTH volunteers make an annual trip to Alamosa and partner with the San Luis Valley Habitat for Humanity and help build a house for a family.
Betty Proctor Fund – www.theactioncenterco.org Contact – Sue Osborn
- The Betty Proctor Fund provides one-time assistance for individuals or families who have a need that threatens their self-sufficiency and cannot be met through their own resources.
The Carpenters’ Helpers – www.habitatmetrodenver.org.
Contact – Kathy Reul
- SOTH is part of this faith coalition of 18 Presbyterian churches in the Denver metro area. They work alongside Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver in building homes, raising funds, and creating awareness about the need for safe and affordable housing in our community
Clinica Colorado – www.clinicacolorado.org Contact – Robert Williams
- An established primary care practice, Clinica Colorado serves the uninsured in our community by providing low-cost medical and mental health services to clients who may not be eligible for health insurance.
Family Promise of Denver – www.familypromiseofgreaterden.org
Contact – Ramona & Jim Vigil
- SOTH is part of a church rotation that provides shelter for homeless families. At the day site, the families receive help to get out of their current housing crisis. A fulltime program manager of a 2-year aftercare program, HOME, provides a follow–up with the families. A new program, “Prevention & Diversion” helps families prevent being homeless.
Family Tree – www.thefamilytree.org. Contact – Kathy Reul
- Family Tree provides innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.
Giving Tree (Adopt a Family) – SOTH Contact – Kathy Garvin
- Names of needy individuals and family members in the community are given Christmas gifts.
Hands of the Carpenter – www.eHands.org. Contact – George Horning
- A faith based nonprofit community that provides automobile repair and maintenance for single mothers and widows in an effort to relieve the financial burden that automobile repair puts on this population and their opportunity for economic self-sufficiency.
Highlands Presbyterian Camp – www.highlandscamp.org.
Contact – George Horning
- Provides programming and facilities for individuals and congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Also serves many other denominations and nonprofit groups.
Iglesia Presbiteriana de Valverde Presbyterian Church 430 S. Tejon St. Denver, CO 80223 www.pcusa.org/congregations
Contact – Eunice Williams
- SOTH is part of the Metro Saints Community with Valverde. We worship together on Good Friday and we share Vacation Bible School with Valverde and Bethel churches. We also provide leadership and materials for the 6 English classes, 2 citizenship classes, and an educational children’s program at Valverde.
La Puente (Alamosa) – www.lapuente.net. Contact – Sue Osborn
- Provides emergency shelter, food assistance, transitional housing, self-sufficiency services and job training for the homeless and other St. Luis Valley community members in crisis.
Pillow Hugs – SOTH Contact – JoAnn Zimmerman
- Women make pillowcases for travel size pillows that are distributed to help comfort children in local domestic violence and homeless shelters as well as to help comfort children in programs that deal with child protection.
Second Wind – www.secondwindfund.org. Contact – Mike Gerstenkorn
- Second Wind Fund believes that every child and youth at risk of suicide should have access to the mental health treatment they need. We match children and youth at risk for suicide with licensed therapists in their communities.
Severe Weather Shelter –email@example.com.
Contact – Jan West
- SWS works with local churches to provide sites to host emergency overnight shelter on life threatening winter nights for individuals living on the streets.
Sister to Sister (SOTH) – www.compassion.com. Contact – Mike Gerstenkorn
- Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty.
Tennyson Center for Children – www.tennysoncenter.org.
Contact – Eunice Williams
- Tennyson Center for Children empowers children who have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma to bravely and safely change their life’s story.
Vivian Elementary School 10500 W. 25th Ave. Lakewood CO 80215 www.jeffcopublicschools.org.
Contact – Susan Trimm, Liaison – Sue Osborn
- As a missional church, we have formed relationships with the principal and staff of Vivian, a school in our local community. We at SOTH respond, mostly hands-on, to needs identified by the school principal.
Youth Summer Trips (SOTH) Contact – Nathan Heimer
- Mission & Outreach supports funding of the summer youth trips.
Bob and Cheryl Fox – www.simorg. Contact–Jerry Zimmerman
- Serving as missionaries in Niger, West Africa, through the SIM organization, which places mission workers among local communities in more than 70 nations.
Crop Walk (Church World Service) – www.crophungerwalk.org.
Contact – Mary Carpenter
- CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
Dustin and Sherri Ellington – www.pcusa.org/missionconnections.org.
Contact – Jan West
- Mission co-workers in Zambia, Africa. Dustin is a professor at Justo Mwale Theological University College teaching African’s to become pastors. Sherri is the director of PCUSA’s Young Adult Volunteers in Zambia. To continue their mission, they must be self-supporting through donations.
Living Waters for the World – www.livingwatersfortheworld.org.
Contact – Eunice Williams
- A global ministry that provides sustainable clean water and fosters long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between volunteers and communities in need.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – www.pcusa.org/pda. Contact – Robert Williams
- PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. They care for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events, both domesticSally and internationally.
Uplift International – www.upliftinternationale.org. Contact – Tom Seeton
- Conducts an annual mission to the Philippines to provide reparative surgical care to poor, rural children born with facial deformities.
Youth Conference Ministries – www.ycmhome.org. Contact – Nathan Heimer
Produces summer conferences, camps and mission trips, including “Fun in the Sun”, “The Great Escape”, and “Son Servants”, for middle and high school students to experience Jesus Christ.
OTHER MISSION MINISTRIES AT SOTH
Servants for Christ Clothing Drive Contact – Lil LaFleur
This mission started in the year 2,000. The generous SOTH congregation donates family and interview clothing for two nonprofits: The Action Center and Denver Works that gift them to people in need. Twice a year there’s collection for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter clothing.
Safe Haven For Newborns Contact – Lil LaFleur
Allows a parent to hand over an infant, up to 72 hours old, to an employee at any Fire Station or Hospital, with absolutely NO QUESTIONS ASKED. If the baby is unharmed, the parent will not be prosecuted for abandonment.
The law was passed in the 2000. As of March 2016, 51 babies have ben safely relinquished in Colorado. Nationwide, there have been more than 3,000 babies saved by Safe haven laws.
Beginning Spanish Class Contact – Lil LaFleur
This class is offered at SOTH. It begins in September and continues till the first week of December. The class must have at least 10 students.
Betty Proctor Fund Luncheon Contact – Lil LaFleur
The Betty Proctor Fund is under the umbrella of The Action Center. It used to be known as ‘Helping Hearts and Hands’. The first luncheon was in 2,000. Currently, it is the major fundraiser and takes place in the third week of September at the Arvada United Methodist Church. The BPF helps individuals who fall through the cracks and are undergoing a difficult time. It pays the expenses directly to the service provider for the client, such as, the repair of an automobile or a month’s rent.