Interfaith Assistance Ministry (IAM), a Henderson County agency well known to many Trinity folks, was founded in 1984 as a faith-based, nonprofit organization with the mission to provide emergency relief to Henderson County residents who are in financial crisis by offering funds, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals in an atmosphere of compassion and respect. Over 90 local congregations support IAM.

In these difficult economic times, Executive Director, David Cook, reports that in the first ten months of 2008 one thousand first time clients were seen at IAM. The need is great and Trinity supports IAM through the Local Mission budget, food and clothing drives and especially the number of Trinity members who volunteer time at the agency.

Volunteers are always needed in many areas of service.  Call 697-7029 for more information.  Watch the weekly Trinity bulletin for specific needs at IAM.  Food pantry requests for February include saltines, soup, cereal and powdered milk.  Items can be taken directly to IAM on Ehringhaus St. or left at the church.

As we are called to serve, remember the motto of IAM “We are the hands that distribute what the heart of the community provides…offering a hand up, not a hand out”

 

Faith Link and LEEP are familiar mission programs to the Trinity Family.  Since 1998 Trinity members have volunteered to partner with families in Henderson County who are struggling to obtain and sustain employment while managing families.  In addition the LEEP program connects Faith Link children with individual learning mentors and meets weekly at Trinity during the school year.  The Faith Link families join with us for our “Wonderful Wednesday” dinners and Friends of Jesus programs.  While here the Faith Link parents attend a “Parenting Roundtable” facilitated by a Faith Link coordinator.  Funding for the Faith Link programs comes from the Henderson County Dept. of Social Services, the local faith community and from fund raising and donations.  Volunteers are needed in many areas for a variety of tasks.  Call 697-7029 extension 342 for more information or be at Trinity early on a Wednesday evening to experience the program in action.  Faith Link receives funds from Trinity’s Local Mission Budget.