New Salem’s Saints on Streets (SOS) Volunteers Distribute Care Packages to Church’s Closest Neighbors
New Salem Baptist Church and the Community of Caring Development Foundation, through the “Health & Hope” initiative and SOS (Saints on Streets) outreach ministry, follow the commandment to “love our neighbors” by distributing CARE packages to more than 100 households in the “adopted” blocks surrounding New Salem Baptist Church. Volunteer “connectors” began distributing CARE packages on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 10 a.m. at the New Salem Baptist Church, 2956 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43224 (main parking lot). Once a highly desired neighborhood of choice, the Linden community now struggles with both physical deterioration and economic challenges. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic only exasperated these challenges, leaving many families and individuals out of work and trying to make ends meet. The CARE packages will include canned and dry goods, pasta, peanut butter, the 2020 Franklin County Children’s Services Resource Guide, and other items.
Community Connectors are needed to help distribute these CARE packages. This is the perfect opportunity to serve while maintaining social distancing and strong safety measures.
The Community of Caring Development Foundation (CCD Foundation)
As the Community and Economic Development Arm of New Salem Baptist Church, The Community of Caring Development Foundation (CCD Foundation) has planted seeds of hope and health in Linden and witnessed what can be accomplished when neighbors join together to create a connected community. Over the last three years, we have continued our commitment to investing in the lives of individuals and families by providing access to affordable housing for more than 1,000 families, over 300,000 meals, $20,000 in community grants and more than $70,000 in academic scholarship awards. We are proud to call the Linden community HOME! Visit us at https://callingallconnectors.org/tourdelinden/.