October 26, 2015

Two New Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Prison Reentry Volunteer Opportunity
The challenges of reentry are felt acutely by the family, friends, and communities of returning prisoners. Help set up, greet, and serve food at a festive event on Thursday, October 19 from 4:30pm-8pm that welcomes families preparing to receive a loved one home from prison. Families are introduced to Harlem Reentry Court Parole Officers, the Reentry Support team, as well as the network of organizations dedicated to assisting their loved ones reintegrate into their communities. Sign-up with Anne Marie at outreach@heavenlyrest.org
Volunteer with Talk2Me
Incarceration affects women – especially mothers – in ways that are unique to the roles they play in community life. Talk2me is a support group led by Circles of Support for women with an incarcerated or recently released loved one.
Volunteers will provide on-site child support which allows their mothers and caregivers to participate. We will develop recreational and artistic activities that provide a safe space for these children to express how incarceration impacts their lives. Volunteer opportunities areTuesdays from 6-8pm at All Souls Church on 88 St. & St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. Sign up with Anne Marie at outreach@heavenlyrest.org.

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 is partnering with Harlem Grown for three Saturdays this summer: July 15th, July 29th, and August 12th. We will spend the day gardening, cooking, and doing crafts with Harlem Grown children and staff. You can sign up for one, two, or all of the volunteer days! Contact Anne Marie at outreach@heavenlyrest.org to sign up. The volunteers days will take place at the urban farm at 118 West 134th Street from 11am – 3pm.
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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Open my lips, O Lord,
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Create in me a clean heart, O God,
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