MOVIN’, MOVIN’, MOVIN’
We are excited to announce that in Spring 2022 we will relocate to a new, larger space just a short distance from our current location in the Church of the Holy Trinity (212 S. High Street, West Chester.) While we have been blessed to reside at Holy Trinity since our inception in 2010, it was becoming evident, even before the pandemic, that we would need more space if we wanted to grow our mission. The challenges of COVID confirmed that thought, and now we look forward to being able to better serve the un- and under-employed of our community.
Our new office will be at 10 W. Barnard Street, just a stone’s throw way from our current home. It’s so close, in fact, that our staff and volunteers will still be able to utilize the Holy Trinity parking lot.
Larger space will provide:
- A separate entrance for ACT in Faith
- Increased space for more volunteers
- A larger Community Cupboard
- Increased privacy for those seeking our support
- More storage
Larger space will allow for program enhancement and growth such as:
- Expansion of goods offered in our Community Cupboard
- Computer station for client use
- A dedicated “satellite” space for partner agencies to use when serving West Chester and homeless clients.
- Large group space for client trainings, meetings, and small events
- More volunteers to assume a greater portion of the routine client support, enabling staff to dedicate their attention to helping people with system and resource navigation, employment support, and overall case management
But wait there’s more!
Will will have “roommates!”
Our partners at Parish Hall Kitchen will be joining with a new venture of their own and, the much-loved Holy Trinity Thrift Store (a.k.a. Catacomb Closet) will be moving into this space as well. ACT in Faith already partners with both organizations as shown in the graphic below.
You have walked with us on this journey over the last 11 years, and we can’t thank you enough. We hope that you share our excitement as we embark on the next leg of our mission, and realize our potential to better serve our community.
There is much to be done between now and Spring, 2022 – plans to be drawn up, decisions to be made, and details to be sorted. Stay tuned over the coming months.
Lives You've changed
“Patricia” is a single mother of 3 whom we met in 2018 when she needed rental assistance due to an isolated setback. Up until the pandemic, her income was adequate to pay her bills, with little to spare. In June 2020 she lost her job due to COVID and then struggled for many months to find income adequate to afford her very modest lifestyle.
Over that time we were able to prevent her from being evicted on 2 occasions, help her keep her car on the road so she could get to work, keep her electric on, and ensure she had food and household essentials for her family.
Just recently, “Patricia” finally secured a job that will soon allow her to pay her bills.
Your support afforded “Patricia” the gift of time – time to take whatever work she could find while looking for more adequate employment, while her family remained sheltered and fed. Without you, she and her children would most likely been evicted months ago.
When he came to us this year, “Jeb” was among the, too often, unseen homeless in our community. He was unemployed, unsheltered, and had nothing. We quickly referred him to 211, the County’s single point of entry for the shelter system and to the Human Services, Inc. street outreach team for case management in navigating other resources he needed.
Along the way we have provided him with a photo ID, cell phone, PO Box, bus passes, clothing, groceries, and job search support. We were also able to arrange for him to receive a much-needed eye exam and glasses.
Less than 2 months later, “Jeb” is safely sheltered, has a part time job while he continues to work with our staff to secure more gainful employment, and he can SEE! “Jeb” is overwhelmed and sincerely grateful for all of your support and he never misses an opportunity to share his appreciation.
We are only sad that you haven’t been here to personally witness “Jeb’s” transformation – once deflated, desperate, and lost, he is now engaged, optimistic, and once again believes in himself…and he can SEE!
A Message from our Board
March 16, 2021, marks one year since we implemented our response to COVID-19. At that time we never could have imagined what lie ahead. Nor could we have imagined the magnitude of your support.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video linked below. It is a message from the ACT in Faith Board, to you, the people who made it possible for our doors to remain open…the people whose kindness and generosity fill our hearts, and the hearts of those we serve.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
ACT in Faith believes that as members of the community we are called to assist those whose needs lie beyond the scope of existing social services. By working together, we build a stronger community.
Donor Impact: 2020
523 households (853 adults & 453 children) received assistance.
211 requests for services that help obtain or maintain employment were filled.
105 requests Housing Stabilization support were filled…preventing 42 evictions and 30 utility shut-offs..
Ways You can Help
Thank YOU 2020 Annual Corporate Sponsors
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