Our Faith Engages Our Community and World
Wednesday Homeless Drop-In, 8:30am - 12:30pm
In response to the widespread needs of a rapidly growing homeless population in North Hollywood, St. Matt's, opened a weekly drop-in program for homeless and low-income persons in March 2016. We provide showers, clothes, toiletries, two hot meals and one bag meal, a case worker, electronics charging, movies, other activities, and safe and healthy space. Doors open and sign-ups begin at 8:30am.
VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ESPECIALLY OF SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, PANTS, JACKETS, and HOT MEALS always needed. For more information, see our non-profit NoHo Home Alliance at nohohome.org. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 818.762.2909 to volunteer or schedule donation drop-offs.
Feed the Homeless Monthly Bag Lunch Making
Each month, usually on the last Saturday, we gather at 9am in the church kitchen, adjacent the Timothy Stocks Fireside Room, to prep PB&J sandwiches & bag lunches for the needy of the Valley. Our efforts support LSS, Canoga Park as well as our Wednesday homeless drop-in. Confirm meeting dates by checking our calendar.
Annual Mexico House Build
For more than 15 years, St. Matt's has partnered with Lutheran Border Concerns Ministries to bring the love of God in Jesus Christ to impoverished residents in the Tijuana, Mexico area by building small houses they can call their own. Each Spring we fundraise between $4000 and $6000 to finance the cost of building supplies for our annual trip to Mexico, usually in the first weeks of November. St. Matt's partners with other area Lutheran churches to send a team of about 25 volunteers for a weekend of profound experience of God's mercy and hope.
Sacred Solidarity and Sanctuary
In response to an increase in threats and assaults on Muslims and immigrants in this season, the Bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA has established a "Synod Taskforce for Sacred Solidarity and Sanctuary" to foster congregational and individual Lutheran action in support of threatened groups. St. Matt's and Pastor Stephanie Jaeger are playing a lead role in organizing our regional initiatives such as establishing a "religious rapid response network," assisting immigrants facing deportation hearings, and more. For more information email email@example.com.
Advocacy with Ministry Partners
As the need arises, the pastor and the people of St. Matt's engage in advocacy such as public witness before legislative bodies on behalf of civil rights. We act in collaboration with our ministry partners such as ELCA Office of Public Policy in both Sacramento and Washington, DC, Lutherans Concerned (Lutheran LGBTQ ministry), our synod's justice team and justice-focused task forces, and CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.)