Through the offices of Compassion International, Calvary has supported children in Guatemala for over ten years. Our support provides food and educational financial resources for the child to thrive. We are now supporting our second child in this program. Melany is 9 years old and lives with her brothers, sisters and parents in the State of Huehuetenango in Western Guatemala. This program is supported by voluntary giving by parishioners. The collection jar is on a table outside of the Sunday School Room containing a display about Melany. Your giving is appreciated.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter/PADS
HESED House in Aurora provides temporary shelter to those who would otherwise be homeless in the southern Fox Valley Region of Kane and Kendall County. Hesed House relies on a strong partnership between them and faith based and corporate sponsors who provide daily staffing of the shelter each evening. Calvary Hesed House rotation is the third Tuesday of every second month. We also routinely collect items essential to the operation of Hesed House as well as clothing for the guests. Our upcoming dates for 2016 are September 20 and November 22. Terry Allen is our Volunteer Coordinator for our PADS Ministry.
The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry
The mission of the Food Pantry is to provide food relief to the economically disadvantaged residents of Batavia and Batavia Township. We strive to help with a hand up – not a hand out. The food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, volunteer agency that is directed and operated by community and local church volunteers residing throughout the greater Fox Valley. Those who visit and use the Food Pantry are the neighbors and friends and people with disabilities, seniors, low income families and families who have lost their jobs.
The Batavia Food Pantry has been in operation for over 30 years. Currently it is serving over 1200 individuals each month. This would not be possible without the active support of community volunteers like Calvary who donate people, time and money. Calvary is represented on the Board of Directors, currently Jon Cooper; we staff the Pantry on the fourth Tuesday of each month and we participate in Food Sharing Days twice a year when we solicit donations from people shopping at our local grocery stores. Donna Womack is our Food Pantry Volunteer Coordinators.
Calvary Support of Other Faith Based Organizations
The following organizations are co-located in our church and provide the listed services or functions.