Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank – 405 E. Harrison Drive, Avondale, Arizona 85323
For nearly a decade Heritage has collected food and clothing for the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank on the first Sunday of each month. Special collections and cash donations are given at Thanksgiving and Christmas to help fill the hundreds of food boxes for families in need.
Agua Fria also offers free clothing, a homeless kit and a shower facility. They also give financial aid to pay utilities and help raise money for school uniforms for needy students.
Heritage currently has members serving as volunteers at the food bank and one member serves on the board. Volunteers from Heritage have painted the interior lobby and made minor repairs as needed.
This past year Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank has served many families in need. If you would like to give to Agua Fria, you may send your donation directly to them at the address above or through Heritage Presbyterian Church designating your gift to them in the memo line of your check. Most needed canned and dried goods include corn, green beans, instant mashed potatoes, peas, dry pinto beans, dry rice and bottled water.
HELPING AT RISK TEENS (HART) PANTRY 10448 W. Coggins Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351
Heritage Presbyterian Church has come alongside First Presbyterian of Peoria to help feed local high school teens who do not have enough or any food at home. These young students might be homeless, living in shelters or in a crisis situation at home. Sometimes there is no parent or guardian to provide care or protection. Working with local school and community counselors, the HART pantry works to provide eligible teens with needed services. Services include weekend food bags of shelf items, monthly toiletry bags, backpacks and school supplies, new and gently used clothes and shoes, refurbish and donate bicycles, provide Christmas and graduation gifts, partner with others to offer work and educational opportunities.
Heritage Church conducts two to three fundraisers each year to benefit the HART pantry.
To make a donation to HART, you may send your check directly to The HART Pantry, Coggins Professional Building, 10448 W. Coggins Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351 or to Heritage Presbyterian Church and designate your gift to HART in the memo line of your check.
Food items needed to help fill backpacks for teens include: shelf stable milk, juice boxes, canned pasta dinners, peanuts or raisins, canned soup, ramen noodles, tuna or chicken lunch packs, cereal and protein bars or cups, toaster pastry, pudding or fruit cups, cracker/cookie packs, pork & beans, chili, spam singles, peanut butter, vegetable cups.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona is a Christian-based organization that builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with families in need. Heritage is a partner of the Presbyterian Coalition, a group of seven churches in the Presbytery of Grand Canyon. We are currently helping to build our 13th Habitat House. Habitat homeowners are working families who wish to purchase their first home, but who cannot qualify for traditional home loans. Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity housing provider and complies with federal regulations regarding discrimination. It considers applicants without regard to race, religion, gender, handicap, familial status or national origin.
If you would like to help Heritage with its current or next Habitat build, send your donation to Habitat for Humanity, P.O Box 369 Peoria, AZ 85380 and put “PREBYTERIAN COALITION” or “HERITAGE PRESBY CHURCH” in the memo line of your check. Also, contact Habit for Humanity on how you can get a charitable tax credit to reduce your Arizona tax liability dollar-for-dollar.
NEW EMPOWERMENT FOR REFUGEES, INC. (NER) 5830 W. Greenbriar Dr., Glendale, AZ 85308
Heritage has partnered with NER in making a difference in the lives of others by helping with refugee integration and adjustment in the United States. NER is a non-profit organization determined to love and provide services to refugees from Central Africa in order to promote self-sufficiency. The goal is to help refugees reach their fullest potential by providing basic necessities, driving lessons, computer and English second language (ESL) classes, and job placement assistance as they endeavor to integrate into American society.
Heritage Church provides office and shelf space for NER business and collection of goods. Wednesday evening English classes are conducted on the Heritage campus. The congregation collects much needed sundry and basic household needs such as towels, sheets, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, kitchen items, toilet paper, diapers, and house cleaning products.
If you would like to help make a difference in the lives of others, contact Etienne Ahayo, President of NER at 480-358-7189. Cash donations may be made to New Empowerment for Refugees, 5830 W. Greenbriar Dr., Glendale, Arizona 85308.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Knitting or crocheting blankets, shawls, and hats for those in need of warmth, love and prayer. In November 2015 blankets were dedicated for Hospice of the Valley and hats for Helping at Risk Teens (HART). Want to join a group or learn to crochet? The group meets every Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. to noon at Rayner’s Chocolate & Coffee Shop, 14021 N. 51st Ave. #106, Glendale. An evening prayershawl group meets at various homes and locations on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings.
CAFE JUSTO (Just Coffee)
Heritage serves this coffee during fellowship on Birthday Sundays. Café Justo is a coffee cooperative founded by Presbyterians who migrated to Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, the staff and board of Frontera de Cristo (a Presbyterian Border Ministry site located in Agua Prieta) and many U.S. Presbyterians. The challenge for Café Justo, which sells about 60,000 lbs. of coffee a year, is to maintain a model of just economics. The cooperative seeks to provide growers and processors a living wage and Social Security. When harvests decrease, Café Justo raises prices for growers to provide them a steady income. But while the markets provide information, Café Justo cannot be market-riven. It wants to be able to assure it is dealing with member needs. Café Justo is about more than economics. It builds understanding between growers in Chiapas, Nayarit and Vera Cruz and those who market the coffee - mostly U. S. churches - through border-to-border delegations organized through the Just Trade Center. Said one consumer in the U. S., "When you drink the coffee and learn about the process that gives you that drink, it transforms your perspective not just on coffee and food productions. You discover just how much our lives affect one another. Drinking Just Coffee makes us feel like true neighbors." For more information or to order coffee, go to: www.justcoffee.org.