Members of a PMSD family met members of The Cottage Board for a picnic in October, 2021. Since then, we have enjoyed getting to know each other, especially around the 2021 Holiday Season.
The family is now renting a nice house and working hard at their jobs and school assignments. We are successfully facing challenges together (e.g. illness) and are learning to appreciate each other more and more. We thank and praise the Lord for bringing us together!
In 2020, our two main fundraisers for The Cottage had to be cancelled like most events. In our Board meetings, we reflected on how we could still move forward; our discussion led us to look more closely at our mission statement. That statement is “Provide support that fosters healing for women in crisis and their dependent children as they look for permanent housing.”
Our focus had been on raising money to buy/renovate a house to provide temporary housing while providing this support. Since the pandemic put a hold on large fundraisers, we reconsidered how we might still fulfill our mission. To do that, we have entered into a collaboration with Good Samaritan Services.
“Good Sam” as the CEO, Nate Hoffer, likes to call it, has a long, successful track record of providing support services to those in need. Working with us, Good Sam will expand its services into the Penn Manor School District (PMSD); working with them, The Cottage will have access to experienced, professional help in case management and counseling.
While Good Sam does help clients find housing, if that is what is needed, they also help clients stay in their existing housing if that is preferred. The Cottage is actively working on selecting its first family to assist; we are excited that we should be able to start soon!
Both The Cottage and Good Sam see this collaboration as a long-term partnership, enabling us to help multiple families in the PMSD. Helping us find those potential clients are the PMSC social workers who have first-hand knowledge of families’ needs.
I look forward to updating you again next month with more exciting news (note: no names of families being helped will be shared due to confidentiality).
Yes, sadly, we had to cancel our “2nd Annual Craft & Vendor Show”. We had planned on taking precautions such as taking temperatures at the entrance, requiring masks for everyone, and separating the vendor tables six feet apart (which resulted in having fewer vendors). Even so, we felt that an indoor event was still too risky at this point as we would not have been able to ensure people milling about were always “socially distanced”.
As the saying goes “better safe than sorry” – and we want to be able to offer you a fun & SAFE event! So, our next Craft & Vendor Show is now scheduled for September 24 & 25, 2021. Surely by then there will be a vaccine available and we will be back to having great times together again!
As we reported in December 2019 to our email list: we are thrilled to report that we received 2 unexpected, anonymous gifts. One was over $3,300 and the other was for $500. We are very appreciative of all monetary gifts as they help us get closer to our goal of $100,000 (with that, we can approach banks) . If you would like to join our email list to receive updates first, please fill out the ‘opt-in” form with a message saying you want to be on “The List”. Note: we do not share your infomation.
Also, we now have a new accountant! Welcome and thanks to Kelly Sumpter!
Information on our various fundraisers and other events can now be seen by clicking on the drop down menu of the “Events” tab.
Due to everyone’s support of our fundraising efforts, plus an anonymous donation of over $11,000, our bank account is now over $30,000!
We are looking for people to fill the following positions:
At the 2019 Ministry Fair on Sunday, October 27th we will be displaying our new logo! Come to Grace campus of Millersville Community Church (163 W. Frederick St, Millersville) from 10:30am to noon to see it. We will be there with 21 other church ministries. Hope to see you there!
We welcome Heather Kantz to our Board! Looking forward to working with you, Heather!! (Note: Heather’s official term starts in January 2020, although she may be joining us at earlier meetings as her schedule permits.)