Messiah takes a special collection each month to go directly to a special cause. This monthly benevolence helps either local ministries that Messiah has a partnership with, or one of the National Lutheran ministries that helps our “neighbors” no matter where in the world they live.
January & February – ROCK (Route 1 Community Kitchen)
Provides a feeding program (soup kitchen) for homeless individuals and families in need at the Route One corridor of Fairfax County. Messiah has volunteers that support this effort.
March & April – United Community Ministries (UCM)
UCM is one of the largest providers of human services in Fairfax County. For people in crisis UCM provides food, financial aid, and counseling. UCM also provides all-day preschool, employment services, transitional housing, and parental education help move people toward sustainability. Its neighborhood centers, with after-school programs and leadership training, keep youth and families engaged in broader social networks.
May & June – New Hope Housing
An innovative, award-winning non-profit agency in Northern Virginia committed to finding creative and lasting solutions to end the cycle of homelessness by offering homeless men, women and children the services they need to change their lives and succeed.
July & August – Messiah Knitters
September and October – N Street Village
A community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C.
November & December – Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR)
A community-based restorative justice organization, blends compassion and accountability to assist offenders in leading productive and responsible lives, to the benefit of all.
For more information on each organization, you can click on the name of the organization to go their home page.