At home, we contribute to Columbus House by serving meals and making contributions. Every fourth Saturday of the month a team of volunteers prepares and serves a meal to about 100 people currently receiving shelter at the Columbus House facility on Ella Grasso Boulevard in New Haven. We are pleased to say that the partnership we have enjoyed with Columbus House from the time of its founding in 1982, is still strong and growing.
Hamden Plains United Methodist Church serves missions at home and abroad in many ways.
We now participate in Abraham's Tent by helping other congregations as they serve the homeless in their churches. This program is sponsored by Columbus House of New Haven to help expand the beds to serve the homeless. Each year Columbus House identifies twelve homeless men to take part in the program and faith communities volunteer to house the men for one week from December 1st to March 31. Church volunteers provide an evening meal, fellowship, and a place to sleep. Columbus House delivers the men at 6 pm and picks them up after breakfast at 6 am.
We need your help. North Haven Congregational Church. will be hosting from January 28 - February 4. We will assist them by cooking and serving dinner(s) and sleeping overnight. If you are able to help in any way, please
contact the church (203) 248-4654, Holly O'Brien (203) 506-4822, or Marty Hartog (203) 506-9788.
Columbus House and the town of Hamden have recently approved using our church as a warming center for the homeless during the month of February.
We also contribute to the Hamden Food Bank, located in the Keefe Commuity Center located at 11 Pine Street in Hamden. Contributions are always needed to help families who are struggling to make ends meet. It's important to keep the shelves stocked.
Abroad, funds received in the Hamden Plains UMC Recycled Cans and Bottles Deposit Program go to the Mulungwishi Theological Seminary in the Democratic Reppublic of the Congo. Each year a contribution of at least $500 is made to help train a pastor and support his or her family while studying at the school. The school has been open since the 1950's and continues to provide excellent leadership to the Methodist Church in the Congo. David and Lori Person have served since 1978 in teaching and supporting the work of the seminary.