Help & Hope
Lots of you have been asking how you can help our community as we continue to journey through this new normal. You'll find some ways to do that below. We'll keep this page current, so please, check back often. Everything you do for someone else creates hope!
Ways You Can Help!
Please Help With Hurricane Laura Relief
One of the most catastrophic hurricanes ever to make landfall in the US, Laura hit Louisiana and Texas August 27 killing over a dozen people, and leaving up to 12-billion dollars worth of damage in its wake. Lousiana is where most of the damage is. Recovery will take months, possibly years.
You can help by providing vital items residents need as they recover! We're collecting Cleaning Kits and Personal Dignity Kits. Assembled kits are preferred, but even one or two items would help. The PDFs below have all the information.
We do ask that you wear a mask and have clean washed hands as you assemble a kit, and while donating.
You Can Drop Off Kits and Items At:
- 84th Street Campus (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia)
Mon-Thur 8:30am-4:30pm, Friday 8:30am-12:30pm or Sundays before/after services.
- South Wyoming Campus (2730 56th St. SW, Wyoming)
Before or after services on Sundays
Heritage Hill Campus (48 Lafayette Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
Starting September 13 before/after the 9:30 service.
If you'd rather donate monetarily, you can give directly to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief for Hurricane Laura.
Due to Covid restrictions, Hand2Hand has unfortunately had to cancel the HOPE Gathering Packing Events (packing breakfast, lunch and snack kits) for the rest of 2020.
We're praying and hopeful we'll be able to move ahead with the events scheduled below starting in 2021. There are no sign ups available yet, but we wanted to put the dates up so you'll know what we're shooting for. As soon as we have any updates, we'll be sure to let you know!
We're working on some other ways to help Hand2Hand kids, and we'll be sure to let you know about those efforts as soon as we have details!
H2H H.O.P.E. Packings 2021
84th St. Campus
Thursday, January 14
Thursday, March 18
South Wyoming Campus
Thursday, February 4
Thursday, April 1
Please Note: All drop-offs happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm, at the 84th St. Campus (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316).
Masks are still in high demand! The masks you help create will be shared with our local community (essential workers like grocery store workers, fire, police, EMS, elderly care community staff, etc.) as well as the Cornerstone family (children, elderly, immunocompromised, underserved). You can sew, donate materials, or help organize the effort.
Questions? Email Karen Baker at Karenb@cornerstonemi.org
If You Sew:
- You can use this pattern to make a non-medical mask if you don’t have access to elastic, substitute with fabric ties: Watch Video
- Here’s another easy, highly adjustable, non-medical mask pattern: Watch Video.
- You can make the non-medical easy, highly adjustable mask for kids with the size adjusted to 6 X 7 or 7 X 9. (Fast-forward to 10:19 in the video linked to below.) This video also shows you the proper way wear this mask (Fast-forward to 3:16 in the video linked to below.) If you do not have access to cording, substitute with fabric ties. Watch Video
Donations Needed for Mask-Making:
- 1/8” to ¼" white or black elastic. You may have some lying around in a sewing box or you can order online. If you order online, please order from a place that delivers in a week or two, not a month or more.
- New (unused), plain (non-patterned) cotton fabric in gray, blue, and black. A Target twin-size 100% cotton sheet makes a nice plain, non-patterned fabric donation if you can’t find fabric elsewhere. Many retail workers, first responders, and men prefer plain fabrics.
- New (unused), patterned 100% cotton fabric.
- Gardening wire or pipe cleaners, used in the nose bridge of masks.
Cornerstone Church and Family Promise have been community partners in helping to end homelessness one family at a time for over 20 years! Family Promise provides emergency shelter and basic needs to families with children. During this very unique situation with the COVID-19 virus, we can help by providing some essential items to families during their stays in hotels. Together, we can help ensure some of our most vulnerable populations are cared for during this difficult time.
Donations can be made directly to Family Promise, by appointment.
Family Promise of Grand Rapids
516 Cherry St. SE
- Gently used or new fans and air conditioners to help keep families safe and cool on hot days!
- Razors | Body Wash | Shampoo | Conditioner |Dish Sets (Gently Used is okay) | Pillows (new) | Pots & Pans (gently used okay) | Air Mattresses
For easy, hands-free delivery, please check out the Family Promise Amazon Wishlist @ bit.ly/helpfpgr
Thank you for helping to end homelessness… one family at a time!
Send Cards to show appreciation for volunteers or essential workers, to encourage people in isolation like those in nursing homes or generally struggling, or to celebrate occasions. Cards make a big difference in someone’s day! Email Karenb@cornerstonemi.org if you’d like to be part of this team.
If writing cards isn’t your thing, you can still help by donating stamps! Please purchase Forever Stamps in packs of 20. They’ll be used for sending the cards above. You can drop them off on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm, at the 84th St. Campus (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316), or you can mail them!
Donate $20 Gas Cards (for GAS ONLY, not general items) for Cornerstone families and others in need! $20 GAS ONLY cards can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm, at the 84th St. Campus (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316).
If you’d like to pray for the public prayer requests we receive, please contact Bill Schuurmans at BillS@Cornerstonemi.org to get on the email list. The prayer requests will be emailed to you each week.
Find Other Area Volunteer Opportunities at www.Michigan.gov/fightCOVID19 . Click on “Community Volunteer”, then “Kent County.”