Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it. ~ Hebrews 13:2
Forest Hill continues to focus on homelessness in our community and the Northeast Ohio region. Read about our work with Family Promise and our East Cleveland Labre ministry below. And consider this list of things you can do at home to become more aware of the issue within your family: Homelessness Awareness Week Ideas
Forest Hill folks joined John Carroll University’s Labre program in the Spring of 2012. Dedicated members and friends assisted the students in delivering clothes, food and fellowship to homeless men and women downtown.
Since then, Forest Hill members brainstormed ways to serve the homeless right here in our midst, in East Cleveland. On the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month our Labre Ministry joins the Salvation Army delivering meals, hygiene kits, blankets, clothes and fellowship in East Cleveland. Donations may be placed in the Labre Basket in Fellowship Hall.
Intrigued? The Labre team leaves about 5:00pm on Sunday afternoons and returns around midnight – the fastest six hours you’ve ever spent! If you are interested in Forest Hill’s Labre Ministry, email Jack Breisch or call him at 440.247.5599
We’re grateful to Family Promise for partnering with congregations across the country to feed and house local homeless families. To learn more about this program, visit the Family Promise website,
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We only get a few chances a year to offer Christ’s hospitality to homeless families through Family Promise so you need to act fast to reserve your favorite time slot.
How can you get involved?
~ Prepare dinner on the day that works best for you (menus below)
~ Share two hours as an activity host playing games, socializing, or just ‘being’
~ “Sleep for Jesus” by staying overnight in the Chapel from 9pm – 7:30am
~ Set-up rooms for our guests’ arrival on Sunday and clean-up after their departure
You can volunteer individually, with a spouse, or your entire family, or even as part of a Forest Hill social group. To get involved, email Julie Lustic.
To provide food, email Anne Smith to let her know which day you can prepare a portion of a meal and stay to enjoy dinner with our guests.
Father and son guests left this thank you for our volunteers:
If we don’t or didn’t say goodbye I would like to say to everyone THANK YOU for making me and my son feel so welcome. We appreciate your kindness and hospitality GREATLY. We will never forget you.
Here’s the menu for each week:
taco meat, shells, beans
lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa
fried chicken (or KFC)
macaroni and cheese
greens or green vegetable and biscuits
carrots and celery sticks
meatball sandwiches or sloppy joes