Every August, St. John’s parishioners provide all of the meals for one week at the Interfaith Works Women’s Shelter in Rockville. We were scheduled to do so again this August, but in June, the shelter’s new building at 2 Taft Court became uninhabitable due to a severe construction deficiency. Temporarily, the shelter’s 35 residents have moved into Progress Place (another Interfaith Works shelter) at 8106 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. Because of this move, the shelter’s needs have changed for the summer. The shelter staff is asking for our help with the following:
- Donations: Could you provide individual-sized bottled water or non-perishable, packaged individual snacks, such as granola bars, nuts, or chips? While the women are living at Progress Place, there is not enough storage space or refrigeration there, so the shelter staff is collecting strictly non-perishable items in a room at 2 Taft Court in Rockville and moving them to Progress Place as needed. In addition, feminine hygiene products are always needed. If you can donate any such items, please drop them off at 2 Taft Court in Rockville or bring them to church on Sunday morning, August 6, 13, or 20, and St. John’s Outreach Committee will deliver them.
- Activities: Could you host or lead an activity or entertainment, such as a bingo game with prizes, a beginners’ tai chi class (without mats), a sing-along, art, craft, or ice cream social, one evening or weekend this summer at Progress Place?
If so, please contact me at juliaandrews[A]netscape.net.