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For the Rev. C. Angelique Labadie-Cihanowyz executive director of Sojourner Truth Ministries, the United Way has helped with more than just the ministry’s feeding program.
“Our feeding program goes into everything else that we do. I’ve also been able to call with professional questions and teambuilding questions and board questions and things like that,”.
“I truly feel like they are a partner with us and it’s not limited to finances. As we share in victories or stories of things that have happened directly as a result of the United Way, then it’s the impact that we have in the lives of individuals in our community,".
PAstor Angelique shared the story of a man who had moved to the area to help care for grandchildren following the death of a family member.
“Four to five times a week he has brought the grandchildren so that they can see positive role models and so not only does the family get fed physically…so we give them regular food but then they get all kinds of “soul food,”.
“I think it’s really important to be a part of supporting the United Way because it doesn’t just go to necessarily the things you might think like the high profile organizations which are great, but also lie the little people that might otherwise fall through the cracks,”.
“And United Way seems to, through the support of many, just spreads the wealth kind of and also with that…they spread their support,”.
“Partnerships are really an important part of our community,” said Ron Frick, executive director of the Lycoming County United Way.
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We had a visit from State Representative Joe Hamm and his Chief of Staff, Eric. After touring the House of Hope they served and spoke with the sojourners, volunteers and staff. Thank you both!
During Hunger Action Month we invited Congressmen Keller to tour Sojourner Truth Ministries and see the work we are doing for people with food insecurities within our community here in Williamsport, PA.
Congressmen Keller visit our House of Hope facility. Showing interest in the programs and services we offer.
Not only have we received Wows and multiple compliments, even thanks for the new brightness of the sanctuary community room, but we can safely open the windows to let in fresh air.
Some have said the room feels more open, and more peaceful.
Having access to fresh air through all windows has been WONDERFUL!
It feels safer to be able to look out the window to see who is there or what activities are going on.
Without the grant from you, this would not have been possible.
We also look forward to the efficiency of the windows as the cold season approaches.
Thank you Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and all the friends who came today to celebrate with us..
Special thanks to First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania,
First United Methodist Church- Muncy,
Baxter Plumbing and Heating,
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Turbotville,
Faith Wesleyan Church Williamsport
Lycoming College student work projects
and those Several anonymous who generously volunteers
and donors who donated their time and money.
Funds from this grant will be used toward the renovation of a newly purchased duplex. One half will be utilized by participants of Sojourner Truth Ministries- House of Hope Transitional Housing Program. Participants will be able to utilize the space provided by the duplex as a bridge between the structured and supervised environment of the House of Hope to independent living in the community.
“We are extremely grateful to the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for their generous support. This grant will expedite the needed renovations to the House of Hope bridge duplex,” said Rev. Angelique Labadie-Cihanowyz, executive director of Sojourner Truth Ministries. “We are excited that upon completion of the needed renovations we will be able to offer House of Hope participants the opportunity to grow in their independence and further their financial literacy and life skills.”
The foundation works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets. FCFP strives to create powerful communities through passionate giving. For more information visit www.FCFPartnership.org.
About Sojourner Truth Ministries House of Hope
The House of Hope extends the transforming, healing love and Truth of Jesus Christ to residents who are coming out of homelessness. The program includes spiritual curriculum, multiple life skills including budgeting, work readiness or improvement, and mentoring through healthy, holistic living. We seek to empower women to develop a plan and transition into community, sustainability, and autonomy.
Learn more at www.stmwilliamsport.org/house-of-hope