WE SERVE! and so can you
Women's Homelessness Initiative
Pre-pandemic, we provided safe shelter to 20 women on 26 Tuesday nights each year (every Tuesday every other month). Nearly 100 volunteers per year helped to set up, offer hospitality, a meal, or serve as an overnight angel. Currently, we are providing supplies to former participants through non-profit agencies such as the Saint Francis Center and The Gathering Place. We do not know what this program will look like in the future, but we remain committed to women without a permanent home.
WAYS TO BE IN MINISTRY
Things are different for the moment, but these are ways we have been in ministry and anticipate again the future. Many of these are Denver specific, but we encourage you to find groups and causes like these in your home communities too.
We marched together in two Women's Marches, the March for Our Lives (after Parkland) and the march after Charlottesville. We march every year in the LGBTQ Pride Parade and the MLK Marade. And join in protests at the State Capitol, such as about gun violence (we belong to Faith Communities United Against Gun Violence). When our collective presence is needed, we show up.
In addition to our Women's Homelessness Initiative, we serve meals for low-income senior citizens at the Senior Support Center on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
We have taken 10 week long service/learning trips to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The next will be in 2021.
We offer support for our Mission Partners, like advocacy groups such as Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and service groups like El Centro Humanitario.
Our annual holiday gift market benefits 20 non-profit groups. Each year we offer handmade and others goods which are local and international/indigenous. We had a record year of sales in 2019 - $21,500. In 2020, the market will be virtual only.
Through our Building
We provide a free home for Knitting4Peace. Many other groups, such as Black Lives Matter, meet here for free. Any group whose mission is racial justice can meet in our building free. In addition, other groups use our space for community oriented meetings. The building is currently not open for such gatherings.
Yes, by knitting or crocheting you can join an interfaith community of people delivering peace and compassion in local and global communities. Our Peace Pod meets twice a month. Learn more at knitting4peace.org.
Walk MS is a personal passion for Music Director Billie Busby. She has a family member with that condition, and there are a number of church members who also have loved ones with MS. Together, they have been involved for a number of years in rallying support for the Denver Walk MS event.
2019 was the thirteenth year for the PHCC Wind Ensemble team. We were recently notified that we are the NUMBER ONE fundraiser in the Colorado and Wyoming MS Walks!! Not only does our team have a wonderful record of fundraising for this important cause, we share a common goal of defeating MS – once and for all. We also enjoy the fellowship of sharing this common goal. The Walk Day is full of joy and purpose – a chance to learn about MS and the new advances in its treatment and hang out and walk with lots of great folks!
WHERE: City Park
WHY: Your support is driving progress! As the largest private funder of MS research world-wide, the National MS Society has funded research that paved the way for all existing therapies to treat MS – none of which existed 20 years ago. There are more than a dozen treatments for relapsing remitting MS, and half of them have been approved in just the last 6 years. The hope – and potential - for new, more effective treatments for MS has never been greater. While the cause of MS is still unknown, scientists are identifying risk factors that increase a person’s susceptibility to MS, which will lead to disease prevention.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Register for the walk, make a donation, volunteer or just hang out!!
To register for the team or donate, contact Billie Busby Smith
In addition, we advocate gun violence prevention, immigration justice, criminal justice reform, green initiatives, and more - especially through our Mission Partner program.