We’re happy to share the following stories and experiences, as written by individuals and ecclesias who have participated in outreach initiatives.

Our hope is that by sharing these stories, others will be encouraged and inspired to do the same whenever the opportunity arises (Galatians 6:10).

January 2021
St Paul Ecclesia
Anoka, Minnesota
Recipient: Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
The St. Paul ecclesia delivered 20 sleeping bags to the local Stepping Stone homeless shelter. They were extremely grateful to receive this donation and they plan to hand these out to individuals who are on their waiting list. The pandemic has had a huge impact on homeless shelters. They have 66 beds at this shelter …
January 2021
Finger Lakes Ecclesia
New Field, New York
Recipient: Second Wind Cottages
Initiative: Bags of Love (Care Packs) Initiative 2020
This was going to be a group effort but restrictions due to Covid-19 made it impossible. We chose Second Wind Cottages out of Newfield, NY. It is an 18 cottage community that provides resources to help men affected by homelessness to becoming independent and owning their own place. Care packages were put together which included: …
January 2021
Toronto North Ecclesia
Toronto, Ontario
Recipient: Rexdale Community Hub
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
A little bit about your chosen charity and its work We donated the 20 sleeping bags to the Rexdale Community Hub. This is the closest charity to our ecclesia and they assist many youth affected by homelessness, who are also without shelter. The Manager said the bags would be heavily used. The impact on you …
January 2021
Ann Arbor Ecclesia
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Recipient: The Delonis Center
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
I really appreciate this effort that The Garden has put together and look forward to participating more in the future. I had ordered the sleeping bags and had them sent directly to the homeless shelter. The Delonis Center is a homeless shelter in Ann Arbor, Michigan which my ecclesia (Ann Arbor) and I have been …
January 2021
Baltimore-Washington, CYC
Rockville, Maryland
Recipient: Stepping Stones Shelter
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
A few members of the Baltimore-Washington CYC, visited the Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville, MD, to donate the sleeping bags. We were met outside by the executive director who was very grateful for the bags. This shelter provides housing for families affected by homelessness.
January 2021
Schooleys Mountain Ecclesia
Morristown, New Jersey
Recipient: Nourish NJ
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
Here is the photo when we dropped the sleeping bags off at Nourish NJ on behalf of Schooley’s Mt. Ecclesia. They were so, SO excited the sleeping bags were rated for sub-zero temperatures. Nourish NJ badly needed cold-weather sleeping bags. Before we dropped these 20 sleeping bags off they had nothing to keep the homeless …