I am happy to report that even though the toilet paper collection for January was snowed out, parishioners still managed to donate 360 rolls of toilet paper during the first 3 weeks. This is so important to the Dorcas Ministry Food Pantry since it is one item that can’t be purchased with Food Stamps. For this reason, we are going to do the Toilet Paper collection on a regular schedule – the 2nd Sunday every month. So you can put it on your calendar and then look for my bins out front. The next collection will be February 12, 2017.
We also welcome new Volunteers from St. Paul’s: Janet Bowen in the Book department; Gerri Antonides in Sorting; Guy Antonides in Seasonal; and Karen Schenk in Pricing.
Dorcas Ministries provides residents of its designated service area (Cary and Morrisville) emergency assistance for their essential human needs, including shelter, clothing, food, fuel, transportation and medical care. This care is enhanced with childcare and educational assistance scholarships. In addition to emergency financial assistance Dorcas Ministries also offers several tools to help clients become self-reliant and prevent the recurrence of financial crisis.
The Dorcas Crisis Ministry exists to serve local residents who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis, using proceeds from the Dorcas Thrift Shop. Assistance may be given with past-due necessary bills such as utilities, prescription medicine, or housing (rent/mortgage). Residents of Cary and Morrisville may also receive food assistance from the Dorcas Ministries Food Pantry. Durable medical equipment supplies (that is, walkers, crutches, canes, or bedside commodes) are provided free of charge when in stock.
And to add to the services provided, Dorcas Ministries in partnership with Advance Community Health has opened a Primary Care facility in Dorcas Plaza on Jan 3, 2017 which will offer quality, affordable Primary Care as follows:
The Dorcas Thrift Shop is located at 187 High House Road in Cary and the Health Care facility is 173 High House Road. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning more about Dorcas Ministry, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 919-467-8807.
Submitted by Nancy Fierke
Dorcas Ministry Leader