THE CENTER BALTIMORE
In summer 2015, middle school youth embarked on a new mission opportunity on food insecurity at The Center, in Baltimore City. The Center connects groups with opportunities to make a positive impact on the local community and to strengthen one's personal faith journey through action. Our middle school youth and younger high school students will be going to serve again with The Center this summer 2016. Also, several of our adult members volunteer year round at The Center.
Ark & Dove serves dinner to the residents of Sarah’s House on the third Wednesday of every month, and we always appreciate volunteers who either donate food and/or help prepare and serve the meal. We also provide supplies and financial support to Sarah's House. Visit the Sarah's House Website for more information about this support organization. To find out how you can assist Ark & Dove in supporting Sarah's House, please contact Kelly Stern, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the church office (410-674-6400).
In coordination with the Arundel County House of Hope, Ark & Dove provides a safe, warm place to sleep for 25 homeless men for one week during the winter. This is the largest single mission project our church undertakes during the year.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Ark and Dove support to Habitat for Humanity has resulted this year in the realization of a 10 year goal: to finance and support the building of a home in West Anne Arundel County. Thanks to Ark and Dove donations we (along with Habitat of the Chesapeake) formed a coalition with other local churches and purchased the home in early 2013. Renovation began in summer 2013 and completed in Spring 2014.
BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Back to School program is a partnership with the county schools and the Department of Social Services. Each year Ark & Dove members and friends provide the whole package of backpack and school supplies for 30 students at Meade Heights Elementary School. We also provide assorted supplies for students at Meade Middle School.
CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP)
CAP is a team of 13 West County churches that provides short-term assistance to families in need. CAP operates the West County food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church and a clothes closet at Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, CAP also provides its clients with the food for a full holiday meal. The pantry typically serves about 170 families each month. In addition, members of Ark & Dove help unload trucks of donated food and help pack food for the holiday meals.
CAP is a team of 13 West County churches that provides short-term assistance to families in need. CAP operates the West County food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church and a clothes closet at Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, CAP also provides families with the food for a full holiday meal. The pantry typically serves about 180 families each month. In addition, members of Ark & Dove volunteer at the pantry, help unload trucks of donated food, and help pack food for the holiday meals.