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Women of Porter Methodist reach out to area homeless shelters with 'Purses of Hope'

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The women of Porter United Methodist Church continue to focus on the Purses of Hope mission outreach to help women in need, those who've been abused, and those who are homeless.

The PUMC women agreed to take this on as an ongoing mission project throughout the year and have reached out to the congregation to help in this worthy cause by setting up a collection box for used purses and necessary items (such as toiletries, makeup, etc.)

Women who are battered or abused usually leave their circumstances with only the clothes on their back and this outreach helps give them some of the basic necessities to start over.

Over the last several months, the purses have been filled as donated items came in, making sure that each purse had every item that was suggested. A wallet has been included in each purse with five $1 bills inside, along with a note of encouragement.

On behalf of the church, Judy Reales, Missions Chair, and Jeanine Thomas delivered a total of 10 completed purses, ive to Gabriel's Horn in Portage and five to Dayspring Women's Center in Valparaiso.

Gabriel's Horn Shelter, located in Portage, reaches out to Porter County's homeless women and their children, providing a safe and temporary shelter and by offering various outreach services. They empower women by equipping them with the tools to become self-sufficient through a partnership with the community, education, and counseling.

Dayspring Women's Center's mission is to change the lives of those in crisis on their journey from surviving to thriving. Located in Valparaiso, this center serves women and their children who are homeless, previously homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. The program provides a welcoming and hospitable environment where they can receive support as they journey towards stability and wholeness.


Posted 9/15/2017




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