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Local Outreach Overview 

You are invited to help impact the needs of homelessness and hunger in Marion County and surrounding areas. The Church and Community Teams help lead the way. We partner with seven local non-profit agencies to help offer relief, resource stability, and empower recovery and independence with neighbors in need. As the body of Christ, called the church, we understand our mission to be the same as that of Jesus on earth. Our purpose is to love and serve.

Habitat for Humanity, Neighbor to Neighbor, Fletcher Place Community Center, Soups On @ Roberts Park, Martin Luther King Community Center, and Family Promise/ Interfaith Hospitality Network are the local outreach organizations with whom we primarily partner.

There are many ways to serve throughout the year. To learn more or inquire further about our partner organizations and ways to serve, please contact Rev. Matt Landry.

 The Hansman Fund is also one way we week to impact local needs. Hansman grants are given to applicants from all over the city as they create innovative ways to serve this community.

Contact Rev. Matt Landry if you would like more information.

 

Join us for some upcoming service opportunities:

Neighbor to Neighbor Painting Project

When: Saturday, October 21 from 9am to 12pm Noon

What:

  • The project is to load up debris from a collapsed wood garage.  The homeowner has health problems. and the Board of Health has advised her this needs to be done. Work time is 9-12 a.m. All supplies and water drinks provided.  Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and long sleeved shirts. More information and specific location will be shared closer to the service date. If you have any questions, please contact Jeanette Jeffries with questions:  . Please use the link below to sign up for this important service opportunity. 

Neighbor to Neighbor October 21

 

Future service dates with N2N:

 Service dates for 2018 will be available soon.

 

 

Serve with Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, November 11 - serve as a Morning Hospitality Volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Build Site. Our current work dates for the Interfaith Build are now full, but there are still opportunities to serve. Breakfast is offered each day by Morning Hospitality Volunteers who provide a light breakfast (coffee and donuts/bagels) for about 20 volunteers.  The church will provide the breakfast - we are in need of volunteers to serve. This is a short but much appreciated duty - 7:45 - 8:15 a.m.  Thank you for your service to our community! To volunteer, please click on the link below.

http://meridianstreetumc.indyhabitat.volunteerhub.com/

For more information, email Phil McAlister,

 

Serve Indy: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Our third annual all church service day called Serve Indy will be on April 22nd, 2018 

Mark your calendars for Serve Indy 2018. Meridian Street UMC will be sent to serve the city! We will worship together at 9am, where we will be sent into service at sites around the city.

There will be opportunities to serve food to those in need, cook meals and bake sweets for the families affected by illness, garden and help with yardwork at homes where the homeless and hurting find shelter, paint where children learn and grow, and many other opportunities to be hands and feet of Christ in this city. Most projects will be offered between 10am and 1pm, depending on the projects. Childcare will be provided.

 

For more information, please contact Pastor Matt 

 

 

Meridian Street seeks to make an impact in the lives of people who are struggling with hunger and homelessness here in Indianapolis.

We have partnered with these local ministries to offer comfort and hope to those in need.

Review the calendars included in this brochure to see where you can help in the coming months.

 

Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network

Partners with families who come to stay in our church as they work to recover from homelessness. Cook, do laundry, clean-up, drive a van, play with kids, and much more!

  • Contacts:

Emily Webber - 317-602-2839 -

Keisha Boger - 317-253-3237 -

Ginny Stauffer - 317-257-3410 -

Sheila Akinleye - 317-490-9113 -

 

 

Fletcher Place Community Center

Fletcher Place strives to serve those in need in the neighborhood just east of Fountain Square. Current outreach includes hot meals for breakfast (Tues, Thurs, Fri) and dinner (Mon & Wed), pre-school, free store, senior lunch program, community garden, and a Christmas store. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about these programs, please contact those listed below. 

  • Contacts: 

Jura Finn,

Frank Ricketts,  

 

Fletcher Place Christmas Ministry

Gives parents a chance to shop for their children’s needs. New donations of clothing, toys and games are donated, transported and sorted by volunteers.

  • Contacts:

Cheryl Carlson,  

Kitty O’Donnell,  

 

Habitat for Humanity

Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. We participate in the United Methodist Central District build which includes 20 churches coming together to help a family realize their homeownership dreams.

  • Contact:

Phil McAlister,  

 

Local Food Pantries

Help supplement meals for families by donating non-perishable food in the food box in Fellowship Hall. The food box is in Fellowship Hall. Donations are given to Vida Nueva and Fletcher Place Food Pantries. Also donate food at the Turkey Mobile during the annual church-wide Thanksgiving Dinner.

  • Contacts:

Alicia Carlson,  

Paul Cunningham, 317.293.4367

 

Martin Luther King Community Center

Provides a safe and healthy place for students from the local Riley School #43, and the local area. Meridian Street partners with the MLKCC to assist in its programming including the after school homework assistance program “Homework Buddies.” The first role of a “Homework Buddy” is to be an encourager and mentor for the student.

  • Contact:

Matt Landry,  

 

Neighbor to Neighbor

Helps neighbors whose homes are unsafe and/or falling apart so they do not enter homelessness. Make lunch, connect with the homeowner, carry supplies, or help make repairs with support and coaching!

  • Contacts:

Dave Withey,  

Jeanette Jefferis,  

 

 

Soups On at Robert’s Park UMC

Serves a warm meal to 250 homeless and food insecure each Sunday at Noon. Help make, serve, and/or clean-up the meal on a Sunday or join the cook team to prepare the meal.

  • Contacts:

Lisa Rittenhouse,  

Whitney Scolnik,  

Allyson Talyor,  

Susan Woodhouse,  

 

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