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2019 Advent Offering Recipients

Family Promise of Linn County: Teaming with the faith community, Family Promise provides a warm and welcoming place for families in need to call home while they get back on their feet and into stable housing. Host Congregations provide overnight lodging, meals, and hospitality. Volunteers provide a variety of services, including cooking and serving meals, playing with children, helping with homework, and staying overnight at the host churches.

Willis Dady Homeless Shelter: The shelter has been serving single men and families for over 30 years. Their mission is to provide shelter and prevention services to the homeless and near homeless. Their goal is to empower clients to break the cycle of homelessness and become self- sufficient. Through a successful capital campaign, they were able to dedicate an enlarged facility this past August and now are able to serve more people in need.

Pierce Backpack Ministry: One of the most important programs we have supported and continue to support is Operation Backpack. In East Central Iowa, 1 in 7 children are at risk for hunger or food insecurity. The Backpack Ministry addresses this concern by providing needy students with nutritious easy to prepare food when other food resources may not be available, specifically on weekends and during school vacations.

Women At The Well: WATW is a United Methodist congregation located within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, in Mitchellville, Iowa. It offers ministries designed to encourage the spiritual growth of its members, assist them when they transition back into the world outside the walls, and to better understand the hurts and hopes of those who reside within the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women. Lovely Lane has committed to becoming a Partner Organization supporting this ministry.

Look for an Advent mailing soon that will include a card with giving options and a return envelope for your use!!