|On Thanksgiving Day the Fluvanna Review printed a lengthy feature about Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) . We are so very grateful to Correspondent Christina Dameo Guseman for this timely opportunity for further exposure in Fluvanna County, Virginia.|
This public charity, located in a small community outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, functions 24/7 with a small core group of no-paid volunteers dependent on consistent supporters.
The objective: To serve immediate unmet needs (lodging, food, co-pays, pediatric assistance, etc.) of indigent patients and caregivers who must travel considerable distances for treatment at UVA Medical Center by making ourselves available to all Social Workers when no other resource is available to them.
The Goal: To never have to say NO when a Social Worker calls.
Your review of the article as time allows will offer a solid history of who, what, why and how this effort began in 2008.
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Thank you ... From All of Us at IHS
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
|Thanksgiving Week has arrived, and so did several Holiday Helpers. The IHS Food Program has received needed support for both the Full-day Meal Packet Program and the Thanksgiving Day meal at UVA Hospitality House(HH).|
Many of you who live in the Charlottesville area and surrounding counties are certainly invited to participate in making that meal a success. You may call Mary Jackson, Supervisor at UVA Hospitality House at (434) 924-5722, beginning December 2nd. Ask what is needed, and then pledge to show up with your items the day before. This allows Mary to fill in the blanks for providing a complete meal. Hospitality House is located at 205 - 14th Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Deliveries are made at the rear of the building by just driving around the block.
The other alternative is to provide funds to IHS for the IHS Food Program
Your donation made out to IHS can be designated for the Food Program which allows us to purchase items needed to fulfill the holiday meals, and continue our twice monthly delivery of food to stock Hospitality House for everyday food needs for the indigent population who are guests in the facility throughout the year. Remember - all donations sent to IHS will receive a tax receipt letter for charitable donations when filing tax forms for 2013. Just sharing. The mailing address is:
IHSA Note from Margaret Gorman, Meal Packet Coordinator
P.O. Box 163
Palmyra, Virginia 22963.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist (TJMC UU) children in the first through sixth grade took time in their Religious Education classes to assemble 237 meal packets. The church's ministry theme this month is "Gratitude and Family (family of origin, family of choice, church family, human family, global community)."
They were thrilled to learn that the church took up a social action collection in September for funds used to purchase meal packet supplies. After three (3) years of assembling the meal packets, these children and youth are very familiar and proud of their participation in this project. They now teach new children about the work of the IHS and cheer as the empty cardboard delivery boxes fill up with meal packets and cards that express their concern and good wishes for the people who will receive them.
It is very rewarding to watch the children at work and hear parents report to the adult leaders that their kids could hardly wait to get to church that day. Making meal packets is a lot of fun and an excellent opportunity to consider gratitude for what we have as well as experience the reward of knowing you have helped someone.A Note from Dawn Cleveland, IHS Volunteer
On November 20, 2013, the Olivet Presbyterian Church Kids Connection youth group completed 41 meal packets for IHS, with some extra supplies left over. There were 20 kids, from preschool to 5th grade, and each child made 2 cards and 2 packets. They really had fun making the cards and assembling the bags, and they really understood how they were helping out needy families with their efforts. This was their final Mission project for the fall, to close out the session on a note of Thanksgiving.
Big thanks go to Betsy Dishman, Director of Music and Children's Ministries at Olivet Presbyterian in Charlottesville, VA, for making this project happen. Also, thanks to the families who contributed the food, and to the children who put their hearts into assembling the bags.
FROM ALL OF US, TO ALL OF YOU - THANKS FOR GIVING!
Wade & Elisheva Clegg and Sam McLawhorn
Monday, November 4, 2013
|Louisa, Virginia Cub Scout Pack 183 teamed up with Troop 183 for second delivery in 2013!|
A Note from Katrina Duff
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Youth Group adds to October Supply!
A Note from Sarah Rainey in mid-September
IHS attended two Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) Fairs in October
The first CVC Fair in many years in Albemarle County was hosted on the Campus of Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) on October 14th. The outdoor activity was provided excellent weather for staff and students to mingle and learn of charitable activities by about twenty (20) CVC listed charities.
On October 15th we attended a very intimate CVC Fair in the Office of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Regretfully, due to sickness, we had to cancel an October 24th visit to the CVC Fair at the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents (CCCA) in Staunton, Virginia. The Center is the only state facility for acutely mentally/behaviorally ill children and Adolescents. The new CCCA Director of Community Services is Noel Dianas-Hughes, formerly Manager of Social Work at UVA Medical Center.
CVC Fairs are an excellent opportunity for Virginia state employees to learn of those charities who are registered with the CVC Program, and where hosted, employees are encouraged to attend and meet those who seek to make a difference in the lives of so many in the Commonwealth.
T. Wade Clegg III, Elisheva Clegg & Sam McLawhorn