Ministry Updates

2020 Birmingham/Bloomfield Area CROP Hunger Walk

South Oakland Shelter Update

COVID Response Network Volunteer Opportunity!

2020 Birmingham/Bloomfield Area CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, September 27, CCB will join other local faith organizations to participate in the Birmingham/Bloomfield Area CROP Hunger Walk.  As in years past, we are looking for both walkers and sponsors for this event.

The online Walker registration and sponsor donation process has not changed from prior years.  Based on last year’s success, we encourage both walkers and sponsors to sign-up and contribute electronically through our team’s dedicated website, www.crophungerwalk.org/birminghammi/ccb.  Simply click “Join Our Team” if you wish to walk with us, or “Donate” if you wish to sponsor one of our team members.

To comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders, there will be some notable changes this year.  Instead of a single set walk route based from Birmingham First UMC, we have the option to participate in the familiar Birmingham walk, a concurrent walk around the campus of Kirk in the Hills, or you may opt for a self-guided walk in your neighborhood, park or favorite bucolic path.  The choice is yours!  Additional Walk details will be forthcoming, but we encourage our participants to take selfies and group photos and to share them on the CROP Hunger Walk Facebook page.

In 2019, CCB raised $1,600 for this important mission.  Please help us reach this year’s CCB goal of $1,650.  Online donations are preferred, but cash or checks are very much appreciated.  Checks can be made out to CWS/CROP and mailed directly to CCB (1000 Cranbrook Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304) for forwarding.  Please contact Steve Payer, CCB Team Captain, if you have any questions relative to Walk registration and donations, or if you would like additional walk information.    

South Oakland Shelter Update: Each year, we begin preparations for hosting the South Oakland Shelter in August.  When the pandemic began, SOS suspended the rotating program and has been housing clients in a hotel in Auburn Hills.  What had been a shelter housing 30-35 men, women & children has increased to 90!  In this model, housing costs are $60,000 per month plus $25,000 per month in food costs (two individually packaged meals per person per day plus continental breakfast).  That breaks down to roughly $225 per person per week.  While SOS/Lighthouse has received some grant funding to offset these costs, this model will be in effect for the foreseeable future and monetary donations are needed.

In lieu of hosting the shelter during our usual week in October, CCB and its partner churches are hoping to raise $1,000 per church.  If you would like to donate to this effort, you may mail a check to the church with SOS in the memo line or donate online at the CCB website.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Payer or Lynn Wilsher.

COVID Response Network Volunteer Opportunity!  Since mid-March, more than 1,200 volunteers with the COVID Response Network have served the needs of more than 2,000 households in Oakland County and beyond.  Almost 10,000 aid requests have been completed, including more than 7,000 food deliveries representing more than 500,000 meals.

With many volunteers returning to work, additional drivers are needed to make deliveries of produce, milk, eggs, bread & non-perishable items to the same families one or more afternoons each week.  The pickup site has moved from Oakland University to: 2230 Mall Dr E, Waterford Twp, MI 48328 (W off Telegraph Rd in the old Summit Place Mall complex).  An additional pickup site has been added on Mondays at: Genesis the Church, 309 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067.  It’s 100% no contact (i.e. your car is loaded and you drop off on recipient’s porch) and depending on the number of deliveries, takes approx. 2 hours.  If you are interested in participating, go to mycovidresponse.org to sign up.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Wilsher.