Bread Sunday was a big success on Sunday, March 4. Donations totaling $190 got the OGHS collection off to a very promising start. Many thanks to everyone who brought bread, and to everyone who “purchased” the bread with their free-will donations.
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is a long-standing ecumenical effort that has evolved over the years from its origin as a one-hour radio appeal. Today, projects supported by OGHS are underway in more than 100 countries. Donations from Presbyterians support the work of:
Presbyterian Hunger Program (programs dealing with hunger and its causes in this country and
around the world)
Presbyterian Committee for Self Development (programs to empower poor and oppressed people)
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (aid to communities affected by catastrophic events)
For more than a decade, the Outreach Committee has expanded upon the annual OGHS appeal by recognizing the work of members of our congregation on behalf of volunteer-based mission organizations. This year, as detailed in the OGHS letter you recently received, the person we recognized for her whole spectrum of gifts that she has contributed to our church an community was Melanie Holcomb.
Melanie has requested that the one-third share of the offering be given to Proud Haven shelter for LGBT Youth. Proud Haven helps LGBT youth who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability. They assist with finding resources, housing options, some basic daily supplies, emotional support, and developing the skills needed to live independently. They are currently located on Butler Avenue in Lawrenceville.
30% of LGBT youth are rejected by their family and forced to leave their homes after coming out. There is no shelter in Pittsburgh that can take people under 18 years of age. Foster care situations will often not be wel-coming to LGBT youth or are actively hostile and dangerous. There is no place for these kids to go in Pitts-burgh. Once they leave home, youth are subject to all the indignities and dangers of homelessness, includ-ing health and psychological consequences, hunger, risk of human trafficking, and the disruption of their edu-cation.
Proud Haven has been open for 1 year as a drop-in resource center for these youth. They are currently searching for a location to be used as a shelter. They are also interested in partnering with organizations that can host a meal once a month for the kids who come to their drop-in center or collect toiletry items for the youth.
Thus if you didn’t drop your OGHS envelope into the offering plate on Palm Sunday or Easter, you can still bring it to worship service!
The Outreach Committee extends its thanks to all contributors to the One Great Hour of Sharing.