October 26, 2015

Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

E-mail Caitlin at outreach@heavenlyrest.orgwith any questions about outreach ministries at Heavenly Rest.

Snack & Story Volunteers Needed!
The Outreach team is seeking volunteers to facilitate our Snack and Story program for the Spring semester at P.S. 192. This is a fun opportunity to engage with children in our Harlem community by reading an interesting story and providing a healthy snack. If you are free in the early afternoon on Fridays and would be willing to help out, please contact Caitlin to sign up at outreach@heavenlyrest.org.

Health Advocates and CHR’s Seasoned Sages
Health Advocates and CHR’s Seasoned Sages will co-sponsor a lecture on January 10 by elder lawyer Matthew Raphan. He will help us decide which steps we need to take as we age. He will walk us through the choices in legal documents. This informative presentation is a clear and comprehensive look at options to secure our future and and that of our family as we age. ALL ARE INVITED. Come and bring a friend. 2:30-3:30pm in the Gray Room.

Hudson Link Toiletries Drive
Outreach is collecting donations of new (unused) fullsize toiletries for the Welcome Home bags for our Prison and Reentry partner, Hudson Link, which are given to people upon their release from prison. We are in need of deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, and toothpaste for all genders. Please bring your donations by Sunday, January 20 and leave them in the donation box at the back of the Nave. You can also help by joining us during coffee hour on Sunday, January 20 to write notes of well-wishes and encouragement for the care package recipients. Questions? Please email Caitlin: outreach@heavenlyrest.org.

Monthly Visits to Fortune Society
Our Prison & Re-entry partner organization, Fortune Society, maintains a unique residence called The Castle for people transitioning from prison who are enrolled in Fortune programs. As we continue to build a relationship with Fortune, we have been invited to their community meetings. Starting November 15, one clergy member and three parishioners will attend Fortune community meetings on the third Thursday of every month. We will depart from Heavenly Rest at 5:30pm (returning at 8pm). To sign-up, email Caitlin atoutreach@heavenlyrest.org. Questions? Email Richard: gemstoner@msn.com.


CHR’s MetroCard program provides the gift of free public transportation to our friends and neighbors in need. With the rising cost of public transportation, many New Yorkers struggle to get around. Whether it’s a formerly incarcerated person trying to get to a job interview or a senior trying to get to a doctor’s appointment, the gift of public transportation is transformative.  New and partly used MetroCards can be placed into the donation boxes, as well as cash and checks. Donation boxes are located at the 5th Avenue entrance of Heavenly Rest (90th Street and 5th Avenue) The church’s select Outreach partners will be distributing the MetroCards. Donate online here.

Volunteer Opportunity with Harlem Grown
Church of the Heavenly Rest’s nourishment efforts have recently expanded to a new partner, Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown provides mentoring to inner city youth through urban farming experience. Currently, they are working with 6 schools in Central and East Harlem.  Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, spoke on January 29th during the Rector’s Forum; click here to see a video about Harlem Grown.
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