The ASSISTANCE CENTER OF TOWSON CHURCHES (ACTC) offers an ecumenical program that provides help to the poor and needy families in our community. It began as the result of a study conducted by the Towson Area Ministerial Association exploring an effective and efficient way to meet the needs of people coming to churches requesting help. Fourteen churches joined together to form ACTC. A consortium of 50 churches - Havenwood was a founding member -  now participates in the outreach effort.

 

Havenwood is a community drop off location for ACTC. The coolers are outside by the parking lot door for as long as needed to provide a dry place for items to be left.  The items are delivered to ACTC weekly as we live Havenwood’s mission to LOVE GOD LOVE OTHERS.

 

ITEMS MOST IN NEED

-Breakfast cereal (box)

-Canned meals

-Canned vegetables

-Canned fruit

-Dry pasta, rice, instant potatoes

-Spaghetti sauce

-Macaroni and cheese meals

-Tuna

-Peanut butter, jelly

-Soup

-Toiletries (deodorant, lotions, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers, feminine hygiene products, etc.) 


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There are over 3,000 homeless students in Baltimore County and many more thousands living food insecure lives at or below the poverty level. We are partnering with Food for Thought of Baltimore County and Fullerton Elementary School to provide weekend meals for 8 students weekly for the school year.


Good News! Even with school opening with online learning, the Fullerton Elementary counselor and Havenwood will team to continue providing weekend food backpacks to the neediest students.  The FFT steering committee is in the process of figuring out how and when we will safely pack those backpacks which will be delivered to the school each week.


Havenwood is a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, most recently in partnership with other congregations known as the North Baltimore Presbyterians. In 2019, this group was pleased to be recognized as Faith Partner of the Year for our work in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood of Baltimore City. 

 

Havenwood contributes to this effort thru our mission budget and through the time and talent of our members. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Havenwood and 6 other churches committed to sponsoring a Faith House by providing funds and volunteers to transform a vacant house on McCabe Avenue into a home for a Habitat family.  As an essential activity, Habitat Chesapeake has continued to work with contractors and staff practicing safe social distancing but there is currently no set date for when volunteer construction will begin again. We look forward to the time we can again send our volunteers to work on our Faith House!  

 

 If you would like more information and/or would like to be included on Havenwood’s volunteer list, please email the church office. 

 

You can also support the work of Habitat for Humanity through shopping or volunteering at your nearest ReStore. Profits generated from the sale of new and used home improvement items help to build and rehabilitate homes in central Maryland.  There is a ReStore located at 7 W. Aylesbury (1 block west of York Road) in Timonium.

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic event.  PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.

 


London’s Legacy which donates handmade blankets and care bags to children being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at The University of Maryland Medical Center and their families. London’s Legacy is now run by Karen Stiltner the mother of Amy Stlltner Huber.  Amy started London’s Legacy after her daughter London passed away when she was only two months old.  Sadly, Amy passed away a year later.


Annually, Havenwood supports Church World Services (CWS) through Blanket and Hygiene Kit Drives. Our congregation helps to provide CWS Blankets to people throughout the world.  Families in emergency shelters across the country receive blankets when they arrived which help them stay warm in their time of need. CWS Hygiene Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to families and communities in need around the world – especially in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael.


Helping Up Mission helps men and women fighting addiction and homelessness address the root causes of substance abuse and poverty so they can become sober, responsible members of society.  Located in Baltimore's Jonestown neighborhood, HUM's recovery programs strive to meet each person where they are with the love of God and the comprehensive services that can lead them to wholeness.