Homelessness is an issue that Jennifer Miller, leader of The Christian Service Committee at Reformation Lutheran Church, takes to heart. “There are 123 homeless children in the Milford School District,” said Miller. “And that doesn’t even include their parents.”
For the second year in a row the Scarf Making Project, which benefits Code Purple homeless shelters, was a great success at Reformation. “It’s an easy project for people who don’t sew,” said Faith Navarro, organizer of the project. The church donates supplies and volunteer quilters cut the felt ahead of time. 12 adults and 9 children were on hand to put the final touches on over 80 scarves that will help keep the homeless warm. Many of the children who volunteered are part of the youth group at Reformation. “Paige [Evers] (Pastor at the Reformation Church) is doing such a great job getting the younger generation involved and expanding the church in that aspect,” said Miller.
Scarves aren’t the only thing that Reformation Church donates to Code Purple. “This month the congregation came together and donated frozen meals for Code Purple guests,” said Evers. The church also has a “souper-bowl” on super bowl Sunday where members donate soups for the Milford Food Pantry. Summer food donations are also very important to Reformation. “We like to ask for quick and easy to prepare foods, “said Miller. “Many of the needy children are home alone during the summer.”
During the holiday season the church hosts a mitten tree that benefits seniors, people with disabilities and the needy. Throughout the year the Angel tree at Reformation collects gift cards for food, gas and other necessities that they donate to the local community. Recently they also donated bikes to Connections which benefited a women’s sober living home in Milford. The girl’s group home at Peoples Place in Milford is another priority for the Reformation. “At Christmas we fill stockings with toiletries and at Easter we fill baskets for the girls,” said Miller.
The local community isn’t the only group to benefit from the congregation’s generosity either. When the Flint, Michigan water crisis came up, they sent money for bottled water. “It’s not just the homeless that need clean water,” said Miller. Reformation also came together to send money overseas so that a needy family could purchase a cow.
Overall, the local community is more than appreciative. “Everyone is always so thankful for what they receive,” Said Miller. But the countless volunteers and members of Reformation are what keeps this generosity alive. “We really can’t do this alone,” said Miller. “It takes everyone to get it all done.”
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