Investing in Our Community and Beyond
North Raleigh Ministries (NRM) serves people with financial needs living in seven zip codes in North Raleigh: 27604, 27609, 27612, 27613, 27614, 27615, and 27616. NRM is located in the Lowe’s shopping center at Strickland, Harvest Oaks, and Six Forks Roads. They operate a Crisis Center, Thrift Store, Food Pantry, Education Center for adult classes such as Jobs for Life and Faith in Finances, and a Community Garden (on site behind their center). They collaborate with the Interfaith Food Shuttle in its BackPack Program providing weekend food to Wake County students receiving free or reduced school lunches. Volunteer hours are flexible following participation in a brief orientation program. Volunteers choose tasks as varied as interviewing clients and gathering their financial data, sorting donations in the Thrift Shop, serving as a Jobs for Life mentor, supervising or stocking the Food Pantry or Thrift Store, data entry in Microsoft Office, and cleaning. Want to know more? Check out their website. If interested in volunteering, contact North Raleigh Ministries at 919-844-6676.
International Justice Mission is a global organization with a plan to eliminate the slave trade everywhere. They seek to do this through three ways:
The slave trade is real and is hurting families all over. The International Justice Mission looks to free slaves and also protect the poor. They help the poor affected by land theft, victims of sex trafficking, victims of police abuse of power, sexual violence against children, forced labor slavery, and citizenship rights abuse. To read more about this organization, click here.
Safe Families for Children surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. They are a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides hope and support to families in their local communities. Safe families looks to the community to support the children and their families and, ultimately, keeps the families together.
The three objectives of Safe Families for Children are:
Keep children safe during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, or domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect.
Support, and stabilize families in crisis by surrounding them with caring, compassionate community.
Reunite families and reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system. They seek to be an alternative to foster care, where appropriate.
Safe Families volunteers are…
Host Families: Screened and approved by Safe Families, Host Families take in children for short periods of time.
Family Friends: They provide support to Families in Need (e.g., mentoring and transportation) and Host Families (e.g., babysitting and providing meals).
Resource Friends: They provide various types of goods and services to Families in Need to help parents get back on their feet.
Family Coaches: They are trained to provide resources and casework-like services to Families in Crisis. They also ensure that kids are well cared for in Host Family homes.
Safe Families Churches: These are spiritual communities that support Safe Families as a ministry of their church. There are three church levels: Participating Church, Lead Church, and Community Lead Church.
Hope International seeks to live out the Great Commands in Scripture. The first command to love God and love others. The second command to make disciples of all nations. They do this by helping families in poverty by sharing the love of Jesus, providing biblically based training, savings services, and loans that restore dignity and break the cycle of poverty. They serve in undeserved areas in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. To learn more and to see how you can get involved, visit their website.
Christian Life Home is a Christ-centered home for young pregnant women. They receive prenatal care and nutritional meals that are essential to their and the baby’s health. Christian Life Home also provides weekly counseling and information on both parenting and adoption options. Classes provided for the young women give them information to help prepare them for their future and the baby's future. They offer a range of classes including prenatal care and nutrition, childbirth, parenting, adoption, decision making, financial planning and budgeting, and building healthy relationships. They also teach them household management skills, employment skills, and personal goal setting. To read more about this ministry and how you can get involved, visit their website.
Redeemer is collecting used or new Christian books for Christian Library International (CLI), a Raleigh based ministry that sends them to prisons, free of charge. If you are able, please include a $10 check with your donation to help CLI with processing and shipping expenses. (Please make the checks payable to CLI.) You can drop off your donations in the book bin located in the foyer. For information about this ministry, see their website.