March 9, 2012

erie united methodist alliance

Many years ago leaders in several Erie city and county United Methodist churches decided that, as an individual church, they could do little to help the homeless and poor. On the other hand, by combing resources, they could accomplish much. The Erie United Methodist Alliance was created.

Current ministries offered by The Alliance:

  • Liberty House, a transitional housing program for homeless veterans
  • Hope House, a transitional housing program for the homeless and families with children
  • The Refuge, emergency homeless shelter for families with children
  • The Rainbow Connection Thrift Store
  • Project Hope Outreach, a ministry to the homeless persons living on the street.

While some local and federal funding is available, The Alliance depends on fund raisers and donations from churches and individuEUMAals to keep the doors open.

Wesley Church, through contributions to its Faith Promise missions giving, sends annual monetary donations to the Alliance. Wesley helps in other ways, too. Wesley United Methodist Women sponsor an annual Baby Shower For the Refuge to collect clothing and related items for infants at the shelter They also sponsor a collection of money and gifts for children at Christmas. There are church bulletin and newsletter announcements about special requested items and an ongoing request for paper products for the shelter. A group in United Methodist Women’s Martha Circle helps the veterans at Liberty House with holiday meals.

There are many opportunities for anyone at Wesley to continue the heritage of helping the poor and homeless in our community. Call the church office with any questions. You can go to the EUMA web site—www.euma-erie.org—for more information.} else {