In this life we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa
As we continue to wade through these days of COVID-19 , here are some ways we can care for our neighbors who are most vulnerable:
January Minute for Mission: Durham Rent Relief Program
Legal Aid of North Carolina and the City of Durham have announced the launch of the Durham Rent Relief Program, which provides rental and utility assistance to city residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. City residents can go to this website to apply and learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements, what documents they need to apply, how to get help with the application process, how the program works for landlords, and more. Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. To learn more, watch this video or read this press release. To support this effort, you can make contributions directly to Legal Aid using the “Donate” button. Other options: submit a check made out to WSBC with “Legal Aid NC” noted in the memo line or consider the text giving option (see below).
January/February (Virtual) Missions Baskets for the Diaper Bank of NC
There is an immediate need for preemie, newborn and size 1 diapers, 2T/3T, 4T-5T pull-ups and adult incontinence pull-ups in size L and 2XL. Please be on the look-out for these items when you go grocery shopping. Donations can be left at the front desk of the church office or visit their Amazon Wishlist to shop online and ship directly to the Diaper Bank.
Urban Ministries of Durham
A team of Watts Streeters provides the evening meal for 200+ guests at Urban Ministries on the third Thursday of each month. To help with grocery shopping, food prep, cake or brownie baking, food packing/delivery, please contact Greg Palmer at email@example.com.
Support for Families in Walltown
Many of us have been praying for the 12 families living in the Braswell Properties on Buchannan Blvd. Their homes were recently acquired by a property management company and they received notice that they must vacate the premises by the end of the month. Many have no family in town, are elderly, disabled, and have lived there for 45+ years. They are finding rents in Durham soaring and out of their reach. Trinity Ave Presbyterian Church (TAPC) is hosting a community fund that will be solely dedicated to these tenants’ needs as they navigate this crisis. Please donate to the fund, if you can, by going to https://www.trinityave.org/giving/. Then, under “General Fund”, choose “Tenant Support” in the drop-down menu. Or, mail a check to TAPC, 927 W. Trinity, 27701, and put “Tenant Support” in the Memo Line. Thanks for helping our neighbors in Walltown.