St. Luke's - Partners in Housing Transition

St. Luke's signature local outreach program, assists formerly homeless familes to reach self-sufficiency through the provision of basic household furnishings.

Jubilee Ministry Center of The Episcopal Church is faith in action – loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength by loving our neighbors as ourselves. Our faith in God compels us to serve each other. Jubilee Ministry connects these two important dynamics of the spiritual journey, enabling God's reconciling work to be seen through us. Jubilee Ministry Centers are outreach ministries recognized nationally by The Episcopal Church for Christian services to others.

Mission

The mission of Parthers in Housing Transition is to assist formerly homeless families to reach self sufficiency through the provision of basic household furnishings. The first priority is providing clean beds for children. When necessary, these are purchased. Other household furnishings including dishes, pots and pans, bedding, towels, furniture, lamps, small appliances, etc., are donated by members of St. Luke's Parish and the community at large.

History

Created in 1991 as a collaboration with Housing Resources Inc.'s Transitional Housing Program, Partners supplies complete sets of household furnishings: everything from large itens such as beds, dressers, couches, tables and chairs to bedding, complete kitchen set-ups, vacuums, cleaning supplies and lighting. In 1997 Partners was recognized as an Episcopal Church Jubilee Center.

How We Operate

St. Luke's operates a unique service in that we pick up and deliver all furnishings. Clients choose which furnishings they would like from available stock. This opportunity for choice provides dignity in a particularly diffiicult time for our clients.

We respond to referrals from Housing Resources, Inc., and the YWCA Domestic Assault program, Caring Network, a division of Catholic Family services, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, Open Door, and other area agencies. We accept donations of used or new basic household items which may be dropped off at St. Luke's Office on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00am to 12:00pm. We can also arrange to make pick-ups during the week. Some purchases from Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and NuWay supplement furniture items in short supply in order to fill the needs of clients placed on the a waiting list.

In 2011 Partners in Housing Transition provided help for 88 families with 196 children. This task required 1,750 hours of work by the Partners' staff, board, volunteers, and KPEP workers.

St. Luke's offers many opportunities to serve:

  • Helping to sort and store donations
  • Mending clothing
  • Picking up and delivering goods
  • Second-Saturday helper
  • Basement cleanup
  • Scouting good buys for beds, dressers, etc. when we can afford them
  • Serving on the Board of Directors
  • Helping with Annual Fund Raising promotions
  • Assisting with our annual Christmas Party for HRI and YWCA clients where Santa listens to wishes, children choose gifts for parents, adults select decorations, children make craft projects and have their faces painted, and everyone sings carols
  • Donating gifts to children by the way of Angel Tree

For more information about Partners in Housing Transition volunteering or donations, please contact Bob Small at (269) 385-2466