Care and Share Ministry
Care and Share Offering is collected on the fourth Sunday of every month to provide for needs and distributed within our congregation, community, regional and throughout the world. The funds are distributed by the Social Ministry Team.
ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief, development, education, and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world.
1901 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560-2307 (218) 236-0372
Churches United for the Homeless is one of the largest shelters in northwestern Minnesota and is the only shelter within 250 miles that is able to accommodate single men, single women, and both one and two parent families. They offer a safe haven to those most in need, a chance to reflect on the direction they wish for their lives, and the opportunity to utilize our community's many resources in achieving their goals.
How can you participate in Providing services for the homeless individuals and families:
- Assist Faith Team to serve a meal
- Assemble food baskets (done weekly on Thursdays)
- Volunteer at office of Churches United
- Help with children’s program
- Represent Faith on Churches United Board
- Assist in the Thrift Store
Daily Bread is a program facilitated by Lutheran Social Services. Food from unserved meals is collected daily from area restaurants, hotels, caterers, schools and hospitals. Supermarkets donate surplus quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods and deli selections that are still wholesome and nutritious, but are nearing the end of their shelf life.
Collected food is delivered to over 35 charitable feeding programs, including food shelves, homeless shelters and soup kitchens that provide hot meals and/or food baskets to children, seniors and working families in the Cass County (ND) and Clay County (MN) communities.
Fargo-Moorhead Dorothy Day House of Hospitality
714 8th St S, Moorhead, MN 56560-3531
To Volunteer, call (218) 233-5763
The F-M Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Inc. is a caring Christian community that provides services to the homeless and hungry. We are a non-profit organization governed by a 12 member board of directors. There are two live-in staff, four part-time and one volunteer staff, a food pantry coordinator, an assistant director, a director, and over 500 other volunteers who keep the organization up and running. The impact our organization has on our guests and clients is phenomenal; lives are literal ly saved. In 2007, 310 men stayed at the house, and 519 visitors came to access the shower and laundry facilities. Furthermore, 18,388 men, women, and children received food from the Dorothy Day Food Pantry, amounting to 333,101 pounds of food.
How can you serve: Provide and prepare meals for residents, (meals are served each month, you can select a month to participate)
The Food Pantry is a program facilitated by the Fargo-Moorhead Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Inc.
1308 Main Avenue, Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 284-8895
The food pantry provides food baskets to low-income families and individuals from both Cass and Clay counties. Food baskets are distributed Monday through Thursday during the evening hours from 6:30pm - 8pm at no charge. Appointments can also be made to get a food basket during the day.
Patrons are allowed to come once per month to obtain a food basket, and each person receives an average of 25 pounds of food which typically lasts for 2-3 days. Everyone must present identification in order to receive a food basket. Since its inception, the food pantry utilization has steadily increased. Dorothy Day Food Pantry serves more than 1500 people each month. The dedication of the volunteers past and present drives the food pantry to continually improve.
Serve by: Volunteering to assist people with selecting groceries at the pantry.
Central Cities Ministries (Communal Needs Fund)
Central Cities Ministries is an organization of Christian denominations and social service agencies, who through mutual effort; offer spiritual, educational, and material assistance in service of people’s varied needs. The purpose of the Central Cities Communal Needs Fund is to provide help for individuals and families who have an “emergency” need. An “emergency” can be defined as a situation beyond the control of the individual or family. “Emergency” can also be defined as help needed after all other avenues of help have been exhausted or delayed.
The Great Plains Food Bank is a program facilitated by Lutheran Social Services.
The Great Plains Food Bank touches the lives of more than 52,000 children, seniors and working families each year who struggle with, or are at risk of hunger. Each year over 5 million pounds of surplus food is donated by local, regional and national food industry partners. This food is then distributed to people in need through our statewide network of 230 member food shelves, emergency shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding program in 80 communities.
FM Emergency Food Pantry
One of the many food pantries managed by Great Plains Food Bank
1438 10th Ave. N, Fargo, ND 58102 701-237-9337
To volunteer Contact: Linda Clark
Hours: 8:00 AM - noon, 1:00 PM to 4:00. Closed on holidays.
FM Emergency Food Pantry provides food for those in need in the Fargo-Moorhead area. A referral from an agency or church is required. The agency or church must call ahead for a referral so that food orders may be prepared ahead of time. No self referrals accepted.
Homeless Health Services670 4th Ave N Fargo ND 58102
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday St. Mark's Church, north door.
The YWCA Cass Clay is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA is a membership organization. Its strength is in the diversity of its membership and joining together to work toward the goal of empowering women.
- Bring needed items that are listed in the Faith Lutheran/Journey in Faith bulletin each month.
- Deliver items to YWCA
- Check YWCA website, www.ywcacassclay.org, for volunteer opportunities
Fargo Program Center
1325 11th Street S, Fargo, ND 58103 Phone: (701) 235-7341
Lutheran Social Services is a statewide social services ministry that provides a lifespan of care to individuals, families and communities. Over 68,000 people were served through the agency's 19 programs this past year. Lutheran Social Services strives to strengthen individuals and communities by working to prevent child abuse and neglect, by helping troubled youth get back on track and providing addiction and mental health counseling and treatment. The agency also addresses community concerns such as hunger relief, the rural housing shortage and disaster recovery.
1902 3rd Ave N, Fargo ND 58102 Phone: (701) 235-4453
The New Life Center is Fargo’s oldest and largest rescue mission whose purpose and pledge is to serve homeless and needy people through a program of spiritual, physical, material and emotional assistance coupled with education and public awareness. Founded February 1, 1907 as the Glad Tidings Mission, the New Life Center has evolved from an organization that primarily conducted religious services and neighborhood outreach work to a Christian multi-faceted emergency and crisis service center.
Nokomis Child Care
1620 16th Ave. S, Fargo ND 58103 - (701)232-0426
618 23rd Street South, Fargo - (701) 232-5635
Nokomis Child Care Center is a licensed child care center that encourages play and learning, all in an atmosphere of caring. The centers offer day child care for children birth to kindergarten on an income based fee.
They take kids on a first come first serve basis and give priority to children of families with financial difficulties, children at risk of abuse or neglect and children with emotional and behavioral problems. The child care uses the North Dakota State Department of Human Services standards for class size, teacher to student ratio's and other daycare guidelines. They are a licensed day care and strive to ensure the children receive the best care possible.
The day care centers are administered by a volunteer board of interested local people who strive to run the day care to the fullest potential for the benefit of the children. The centers are a non-profit organization and get funding from childcare fees, as well as grants, fund raising events and community donations. Funding is always a concern as care sometimes exceeds the family's ability to pay. The day care sees the need of the community and seeks supplemental funds elsewhere. Workers are always participating in fund raising events such as sales and annual banquets as well as grant applications from various organizations.
1112 Nodak Dr SW, Fargo ND 58103 Phone: (701) 280-9545
Treatment Foster Care is available to children and youth from birth through age 18 with emotional, behavioral, intellectual, developmental, or medical needs who can benefit from specialized help in a family setting. The stable environment provided by a PATH foster family and social worker allows at-risk children to avoid more restrictive and institutional types of settings.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
3303 Fiechtner Dr Suite 110, Fargo ND Phone: (701) 478-7149
Contact: Stanley R Franck
Thrivent Builds is a partnership program between Thrivent Financial Services and Habitat for Humanity.
From the first nail to the last, building a home with Habitat for Humanity International is a profound experience for all involved. It’s not just sticks and blocks. It’s tears and smiles, borne of hard work and faith. And it’s the knowledge that you’ve helped change lives.
That’s why Thrivent Financial for Lutherans works with Habitat. And it’s why we want to do more. Much more. In 2006 and beyond, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity will engage Lutheran congregations, Thrivent chapters and members, Habitat affiliates, and individuals from across the United States and around the world to build hundreds of homes per year with families in need, provide mission trips for Christian outreach in local and foreign communities, and directly reduce poverty housing and homelessness around the world.
Part of Thrivent Financial’s mission as a faith-based membership organization is caring for others. Participating in this program with Habitat is a prime example of this mission in action.
Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry, administered by a local board of directors, whose mission is to build simple, decent and affordable housing for low-income people in our community. Funding for the agency comes primarily from individuals, church and business contributions.
LAHFH was established in 1991 in response to the housing need in Cass and Clay counties. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, LAHFH subscribes to the philosophy and values of the international organization.
Habitat for Humanity builds or renovates homes using volunteer labor and as much donated material as possible. Each home is sold to a partner family at no profit and with a no-interest mortgage paid over a 20 to 30 year period. The family's house payments are used to help build more homes in Cass and Clay counties. Partner families also contribute "sweat equity" by particfipating in the construction of their or another family's home. Habitat for Humanithy's work is based in Christian teachings, but the organization welcomes people of all beliefs.