Our Special Collection on Sunday, September 15, 2019, will benefit DOWNTOWN Ministries and their various outreach programs. Many of us may not be familiar with DOWNTOWN Ministries even though this local non-profit was founded in 2013 by Ian Loomes & Christine Monroe-Loomes. It is a Christian Ministry dedicated to transforming lives of the homeless and those at high risk for homelessness in downtown Bradenton.
DOWNTOWN Ministries takes pride in building a relationship with the downtown community. Many people that they serve have been neglected and forgotten by society – they are an advocate for the hungry and displaced! Their mission is to provide services that address short-term and long-term needs of our downtown Bradenton community. They believe in doing whatever they can to help children and families in need. To them “No need is too small, and no voice is too quiet to be heard.”
DOWNTOWN Ministries is driven by volunteers and community donations. Their Christian outreach organization fills the needs of over 3,000 individuals and families each month, making a difference in their lives. They do this through a variety of community outreach programs:
- Weekly activities include: a Wednesday Riverwalk Bible study and distribution of bagged lunches with cold drinks; a Thursday evening 16th Street West Bradenton neighborhood walk to meet neighbors, build relationships, identify needs, pray with families, and clean up trash; and Friday deliveries from their food pantry to families and individuals that have food shortages and struggle due to physical and/or mental health disabilities.
- Twice a month volunteers serve the daily meal at Our Daily Bread.
- Every Saturday morning, they feed about 200 downtown Bradenton neighbors a hot breakfast, distribute clothing and hygiene kits, and have kid’s activities.
- During this summer they started distributing snack bags with nutritious food to help bridge the hunger gap of school kids who otherwise would get breakfast and lunch at school.
- A week before school started this year, they distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to school kids.
- During cold weather months warm clothing and blankets are distributed to men and women.
Ina Loomes and Christine Monroe-Loomes will visit with us both at our coffee hour on Sunday, September 8th giving us a chance to know more about DOWNTOWN Ministries and again on Sunday, September 15th at the service when Christine will briefly speak to us about their outreach programs. During the offertory we will take up a Special Collection for DOWNTOWN Ministries that will benefit their outreach programs. Please make your check out to DOWNTOWN Ministries and place it in the envelope provided for the offertory. Your generosity will be appreciated.
To find out more about DOWNTOWN Ministries visit their website at www.downtown-ministries.com, call them at 941.465.1775, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org