National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 11-19, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless. FUMC is spending all of November highlighting this pressing problem and working to raise awareness about the problem of hunger and homelessness.
Ways to Give
Backpacks to Go!
Each week, staff members visit with and assist men, women and children experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. We have created a list of the top items asked for (which includes the actual bag!) and invite you to help get these items to people who need them the most. This is a great project for individuals as well as families with children and youth. Grab a bag; shop for items on the list; fill the bag; add a note sharing God’s love; and hand the bag out to someone in need.
Suggested backpack items
- Food items: Breakfast Bars, Canned Fruit, Canned Meat, Chocolate, Cookies, Peanut Butter Crackers, Nuts, Water
- Hygiene items: Baby Wipes, Band-Aids, Chap Stick, Deodorant Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Nail Clippers, Toothbrush, Toothpaste
- Other helpful items: Bible/Devotional, Garbage Bag, Gloves, Knit Cap, Umbrella, Unisex Socks, $5 gift card for food (Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds, Wendy’s, etc.).
Now – November 26
Food Drive for Caritas of Austin
FUMC is hosting a food drive benefiting Caritas of Austin. Caritas’ Pantry provides food and hygiene items to the families and individuals transitioning out of crisis toward self-sufficiency. Hunger is an important issue in our community. In Travis County, nearly 20% of households are food insecure, meaning they lack consistent and reliable access to adequate, nutritious food. When you are struggling to make ends meet and must choose between putting food on the table and paying the electric bill, weekly groceries from the Caritas Pantry bring great relief to families toward stability. We are collecting some of their most needed items throughout November. View list here.
Way to Serve
Cold Weather Shelter for Women
During the winter months, FUMD provides shelter for up to 25 women on Tuesday nights when the predicted overnight low is expected to be 35 degrees and wet or 32 degrees and dry. We have shifts to welcome and greet our guests, provide/serve dinner, and act as overnight hosts. Sign up here.
Family Promise Two-Week Stay – CANCELLED
Our serving dates for November have been CANCELED. We just received word that one of the families has moved into their own housing and the other families currently with Foundation for the Homeless are in static shelter.
Sunday, November 19
Mobile Loaves & Fishes Third Sunday
Teams prepare sandwiches in our kitchen and take them to hungry people in Austin. Each third Sunday, we have a team open to first-timers of all ages to give this ministry a try. Volunteers may serve on the Make-Ready Team (4:00 to 5:00 p.m.), the Truck Team (5:00 to 6:30 p.m.), or both! Sign up at fumcaustin.org/mlf.
Manna Bag Sale
Our fourth and fifth graders show the love of Christ to those in need through the making and selling of Manna Bags. These bags are filled with a nutritious meal, a new pair of socks, and a note asking for God’s blessing on the recipient. You may purchase a bag for $5, with proceeds going to purchase more supplies.
Tuesday, November 28
Feed My People Breakfast
Come experience this ministry that serves breakfast to 300 of our homeless guests. To volunteer, preparing, cooking, and setting up begins at 4:45 a.m.; serving begins at 6:00 a.m.; and clean-up begins at 7:00 a.m. You may arrive and leave to meet your schedule. On-the-job training is available.
Sunday, November 12
Author Alan Graham Preaches
9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary
Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community! First Village, is improving the quality of life for a vast number of people by sharing his personal story of becoming more human through humanizing others.
Friday, November 17
Movie Night at Community First! Village
9301 Hog Eye Road
Come watch the 2017 Beauty and the Beast movie! Bring your family, friends, blankets, chairs, flashlights, and bug spray. Closed-toe shoes recommended. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. to explore Community First! Village and then find our FUMC group so we can sit together at the Alamo Drafthouse Community Cinema for the movie at 7:30 p.m. Let’s support the Community Grille rather than bringing outside food. They have burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy, and drinks available for purchase. Cash and cards accepted. This event is free, however a $5 donation is appreciated. Registration is required for your family through the Mobile Loaves & Fishes website and email Pastor Cathy so we can know to look for you!
Homeless. No other word better describes our modern-day suffering. It reveals one of our deepest and most painful conditions—not having a sense of belonging. However, Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community First! Village, is improving the quality of life for a vast number of people by sharing his personal story of becoming more human through humanizing others.
November 9 and 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
La Madeleine’s, 5493 Brodie
Led by Pastor Cathy Stone
November 5, 12, and 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Home of Dick and Ann Young Led by Mary Faye Randolph
November 13, 27, and December 11, 7:30 p.m.
Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar This women’s group is led by women of the Modern Families Sunday School Class.
All groups will follow this reading plan: Week 1: Introduction-Chapter 4; Week 2: Chapters 5-8; and Week 3: Chapters 9-12.
November 19, 10:00 a.m.
If you cannot attend one of the small groups but want to read and discuss this book, come join us. Led by Pastor Cathy Stone and Caroline Jones.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Around Austin
Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Art From the Streets
2832 East Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Art from the Streets is a free and open art studio serving Austin’s homeless community. They are excited about the upcoming East Austin Studio Tour and are partnering with CambiaArt for a special show that will be promoting art painted in the Art from the Streets studio by homeless and formerly homeless artists. You can support these artists and help them gain economic independence through their own creativity at this show or at the 25th Annual Homeless Art Show and Sale on December 2nd and 3rd at the Austin Convention Center.
Wednesday November 15 or Thursday, November 16
Caritas of Austin: Ending Homelessness Together
9027 Northgate Blvd
In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Caritas of Austin is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, November 15, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 16, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. to share the latest updates about how Caritas is on a bold mission to end homelessness together in Austin. Hear firsthand from their Executive Director, staff, Board, and clients in a panel discussion about what is working, what challenges exist, and how you can be a part of their work. Breakfast/lunch will be provided. Register online at caritasofaustin.org to attend one of the Open House dates at Caritas-North.
Thursday, November 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
ECHO Fall Meeting
Austin City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street
Join ECHO for their Fall Meeting to celebrate our community’s successes of 2017 and explore what’s in store for 2018. The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) envisions a community fiercely committed to ending homelessness. Providing dynamic, proactive leadership that engages policymakers and the community to end homelessness. For more information about ECHO and to register for this meeting, please visit austinecho.org.
Sunday, November 19, 6:57 a.m.
25th Annual House the Homeless Memorial Sunrise Service
Vic Mathias Shores
This year we will read the names of over 100 citizens of Austin who died in poverty from October 2016-October 2017 at the one hour service. For 25 years, we have gathered on Auditorium Shores (just re-named Vic Mathias Shores) when we say goodbye to the women, men, and children who have lived and died on our streets in poverty the previous year. The service always ends on time with a fellowship gathering afterwards when we share coffee, cocoa and a bite to eat. The Homeless Memorial is located at South First Street and Riverside Drive, 75 yards west of the Fanny Davis Gazebo and about 75 yards east of the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue. There should be plenty of parking at the parking area which you can access from 900 Riverside Drive. Once you park, simply walk to the river and turn left. You will see us gathering on the right at the Homeless Memorial.