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Social Concerns Committee

Our Social Concerns Committee coordinates opportunities for service in the local community. Please feel free to contact anyone on the committee if you’d like to participate in any of the many ways mentioned below.

Hands of Hope Outreach Center:  For over twenty five years, HANDS OF HOPE OUTREACH CENTER has provided critical emergency assistance to low-income families in need in the mid-Cape area (Mashpee to Harwich), offering emergency food, financial assistance to prevent evictions and homelessness, emergency sheltering, assistance with utility and medical bills, clothing, and small household goods. On the first Sunday of each month, Communion Sunday, we encourage our congregation to bring in NON-PERISHABLE food items for our collection basket. We make sure the items get to Hands of Hope.

A Baby Center: Founded in 2000, A BABY CENTER, provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age three, on Cape Cod and the Islands. Approximately 525 babies are served every month. A new component, Child-Safe Car Seats, ensures infants and children are safely transported in vehicles.  Diapers and baby wipes are always an urgent need. Please bring these items to church whenever possible, and we will make sure they get to ABC. Also, gently used baby clothing is also accepted. They do not accept toys or stuffed animals at this time.

Homeless Ministries: After providing safe sheltering in churches for over a decade, in 2013 Overnights of Hospitality transitioned into Hospitality Housing, a housing-based program. 'Overnights' men and women are now living in transitional housing, receiving on-going case management services and working towards their goals including permanent housing. Financial assistance through Lydia’s Gifts for women and our Emergency Housing Fund helps cover community fees and rents when needed. Church volunteers, coordinated by the Homeless Ministries Volunteer Coordinator, remain a key component of the Homeless Ministries program. At Dennis Union, we have assisted women and men transitioning into new housing by donating househoold items, when needed.  From time to time, emails are sent to all churches on the Cape looking for drivers to help residents get to appointments. The Social Concerns Committee notifies the congregation when assistence is needed.

Days of Hospitality ~ Individuals sign-up at Salvation Army to partake of weekend lunches at Cape churches. Our church prepares a Sunday lunch for the 4th Sunday every-other-month.  We normally prepare enough food to feed about 30-35 people.  Social Concerns is thankful for all the cooks, and also the drivers needed to transport the guests from Hyannis to church - and back again. If you would like to drive our guests or provide a food item, notices of reminder are posted in the weekely bulletins and in our weekly emailing.

Faith Neighborhood Kitchen ~ The FNK is a consortium of churches which picked up the Monday-Wednesday-Friday dinners formerly provided by Calvary Baptist Church until fire destroyed their church in March 2012. Since April 2012, the consortium has cooked and carried meals to Faith Assembly of God Church, 154 Bearses Way, Hyannis.  Dennis Union Church cooks on the 1st Friday of every month.  We require cooks, helpers, and people to serve the meal.  A huge blessing has been all the people from our church that provide all the "extras"; the salad ingrediants, fruit, bread, drinks, and desserts.  This year, 5 members form D.U.C. became ServSafe eligible to prepare meals. If you would like to cook the main entree for 150 people, help prep the meal, or serve the meal, please ask. Reminders are posted in thr weekly bulletin and emailing.

Covenent to Care For Foster Families ~ Another program of the Cape Cod Council of Churches.  Covenent to Care matches a Cape/Islands congregation to a Foster Care Family, supporting the foster family and the children in their care. Covenant to Care partners with the Cape痴 Dept of Children & Families district office. We are honored to have the family of Rachael Gregoire in our care.  From time to time, we ask the congregation for special treats and supplies for her family.  Grocery and department store gift cards are some of the wonderful examples of loving donations from our congregation. Special recognition is needed for Priscilla Hutchinson and Nancy Berquist for their faithful care of Rachael's family.

On-Site Salvation Army lunches ~ this mission almost has a life of its own, under the capable direction of Gayle Williams.  Gayle and her crew prepare a lunch at Salvation Army on the 4th Monday of each month. If you would like to assist Gayle's team, or provide a dessert, please call 362-9746.