Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Harford Transitional Outreach Ministry is to provide the homeless with service and resources that support the positive transformation of their lives.

History of the Ministry

The Transitional Outreach Ministry was previously known as Hartford Partners for Family Unity. The ministry was formed sometime in the late eighties. In the early days the ministry worked primarily with My Sister’s Place and Genesis House III conducting bible studies and general ministry. The service at Genesis House continues today on the second Monday of every month.

During the nineties, the ministry expanded to include the homeless in activities at Hartford including Vacation Bible School, Lenten Cell meetings and church-wide collections. The ministry included Interim House, Peggy’s Place, COTS and Simon House to its list of shelters that were given some level of support. The homeless were also invited to participate in Hartford’s Women’s month activities, Back-to-School Rally and Saturday Night Services. The ministry also piloted a project called “Cotton Candy” which sponsored monthly birthday parties for youth in homeless shelters. This program has since been discontinued. During this time the ministry conducted personal development workshops, job training, and resume writing support. Beginning in 1998 and continuing through 2002, the ministry conducted an annual conference offering workshops on conflict resolution training, legal assistance, employment and health screenings. The conference was discontinued due to low attendance and budget restraints.

In recent years the ministry has focused on assisting homeless shelters by providing for their basic needs such as meals, clothing and personal toiletries for residents. The ministry continues to provide ministry related services at Genesis House and COTS. The ministry has taken on a Bible Campaign to provide bibles for residents at all of the shelters that are visited. Clothing drives are conducted for various shelters on an ongoing basis. Meals are served at Peggy’s Place, Interim House, Friendship House, Action by Presence (Spirit of Hope), Veterans House and Hartford participates in the rotational program that feeds the homeless in the greater Detroit area at First Presbyterian Church. The ministry also responds to requests of Hartford members as needed.

Some of the activites during 2011

February Provided Gift bags of socks and toiletries for men at Detroit Rescue Mission
April Served meal at First Jefferson Presbyterian Church (community service)
June Provided personal items for women at Genesis House
Provided school supplies for Back-to-School Rally
July Conducted devotional service and provided clothing for COTS residents
September Devotion and meal served at Peggy’s Place
November Bible Campaign
Prepared and served meal at “Action by Presence” Spirit of Hope Church
Assisted with Hartford’s Thanksgiving meal distribution
Donated 32 children’s coats to COTS
Preached sermon/worship service for Genesis House residents
December Provided meal for Interim House residents and distributed personal items
Delivered canned goods to Peggy’s Place

Contact:

Rev Denise Henderson
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Meeting Information:

This ministry meets every other month on the second Sunday except during the month of July. The meetings are held between services from approximately 9:30-10:30am. The meeting location will be announced.

How to become a member:

Contact Rev Denise Henderson for detailed information

Members

Rev Denise Henderson  Chairperson
Julie Baker
Laura Burt
Carolyn Coleman
Wilma Glenn                      Associate Secretary
Artelia Griggs                     Genesis House/ Diaconate Liaison
Sharon Hardwick
Joyce Harris                       Bible Campaign
Tracy Holloway
Gloria Jarber                      Clothing Drive Coordinator
Diana Kennedy                   Meals Coordinator
Denise Lewis                     Clothing Coordinator
Deacon Justine Lofton    General Missions Chair
Gloria McCollum
Rev Sandra McNair          Chaplin
Eleanor Spears                 Treasurer
Florence Spencer
Rev Carla Mackey             Young Adults Coordinator
Toni Raheem                     Secretary
Audrey Thomas
Phyllis Turner                    Meals Coordinator (Veterans)