Extreme Home Makeover: Fairview Road Edition
Each summer, Fairview Road partners with the Council on Aging to identify a Columbia resident who is in need of significant home repair to improve their living conditions and meet special mobility needs. Last year, over 100 members of our congregation and the community worked together over four days to significantly renovate a local home.
Projects included: new window screens, new paint, replaced carpeting, replaced siding, new appliances, new beds, bedding and curtains, removing underbrush, trimming trees, building gardens, and enhancing gathering places for the family.
Be on the lookout for Extreme Home Makeover 2012
Ways to Help:
- Sign-up to Volunteer to work, provide lunches, and/or provide water
- Pray for our team that is working and the family we will be serving
- Donate cash for supplies and/or gently used carpeting or other furnishings
The Fairview Food Pantry opened its doors in November of 2009 with plans to share food with 5-7 hungry families brought to us by the Voluntaray Action Center. Now we are assisting as many as 15 families each month. The Pantry is stocked and operated by members of the church. November 2011, marks the second anniversay of the Food Pantry. We are now assisting 15-18 families each month with nonperishable food items and personal care items for members of these families both young and old.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House is a home for homeless men in Columbia which that offers shelter, food, hospice care when needed, and a non-judgmental atmosphere. The staff rely on donations to keep the house running and some of them donate part of their professional salary for the maintenance of the house. Approximately 50-75% of the guests suffer from alcoholism or mental illness.
Two Sundays each month, Fairview Road provides hot meals for these men. You can help by volunteering to cook a hot meal that will be delivered to the shelter on Sunday afternoon.
Christmas with Voluntary Action Council
Each December, Fairview Road adopts 10 or more families who the Voluntary Action Council has screened for specific needs at Christmas. This is an excellent time to get into the Christmas spirit and give back to our community. These families are in need of gifts for the adults and children (clothes and toys). Additionally, we typically provide food for a Christmas meal and needed household items.
Friends and Family Day
Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 28, 2011 for our annual Friends and Family Day. We invite you as a member of our community to join us for this special day. We will have a time of worship together, as well as sharing a meal. There will be games and fun for the children.
For the last six years, our K-5th grade youth have participated every January in Project Linus. Project Linus is a national organization with chapters in all 50 states that provides handmade blankets to local children who are ill, traumatized, or in need. This year our youth completed 33 blankets, a record number, bringing the total number of blankets we have donated to local children to over 140. One member who saw the blankets commented:
The blankets are lovely, so warm and colorful. Children serving children – an example for us all!
During the summer months, Fairview collects warm coats, blankets, bath towels, winter hats, gloves, scarves, and socks for the Voluntary Action Center’s Warm Up Columbia program. The goal of this program is to help low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals in Columbia stay warm during the winter.
Fairview Road Church of Christ received the Columbia Daily Tribune HERO AWARD for GROUP VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!
Each year for the past ten years the Columbia Daily Tribune has given HERO AWARDS to recognize exceptional community volunteerism. Not-for-profit groups from around Mid-Missouri nominate groups or individuals to be recognized. This year thirty-six groups or individuals were nominated. The Boone County Council on Aging nominated Fairview Road Church of Christ for our 1300+ volunteer hours put in by 150+ members during 2010 in our work with the Extreme Home Makeover and our community service through Join Us At the Plate. From the thirty-six nominated groups or individuals, seven HERO AWARDS were given in the categories of Outstanding Volunteer in Education, Outstanding Community Protection Volunteer, Outstanding Healthcare Volunteer, Outstanding Lifetime Achievement, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Group Volunteer of the Year and Individual Volunteer of the Year.
Our goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community in order to bring glory to God and win others for Jesus. May God be glorified by our service, and may our service and this award give us further opportunity to spread the good news of the Gospel!