October 26, 2015

Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

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

Monthly Visit to Fortune Society coming up March 21st
Our Prison & Re-entry partner, Fortune Society, maintains a 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. There are slots open for our next visit on

Thursday, March 21 from 6pm-7:30pm. Meet at CHR to travel together at 5:15pm. To sign-up, email Caitlin at outreach@heavenlyrest.org.


Culinary Training School – Beginning March 21st
We are actively recruiting participants and volunteers for a culinary training program in partnership with Mandala Café to provide skills and job placement support for men and women returning home from prison or experiencing social or economic hardship. This 10-week culinary training school will provide participants with hard and soft skills as well as a network of support for attaining stable, living-wage jobs. We are excited to put our kitchen to use and to explore a new way of supporting our neighbors. The training will meet Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays beginning on March 21Click here for more information and email Anne Marie to get involved or recommend participants: amwitchger@heavenlyrest.org.

Yarn Drive for Network SSI Baby Blankets
Networkssi.org, CHR’s partner providing therapeutic support inside prisons and upon re-entry, is in need of yarn donations so the men at Otisville prison can crochet baby blankets.  Bring a skein of machine washable yarn in these approved colors onlyBrown, green, pink, tan, and white; or purchase on line yarn kits at the forum or by clicking here.

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.


MetroCause

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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PSALM 51
Open my lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.