Trinity Outreach Commission Minutes,
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The second Trinity Outreach Commission Meeting of 2018 took place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Those in attendance were: Greg Gemeinhardt, Darry Rhine, Marsha DeWitt, Steve DeWitt, Chris Kelley, Christi Bailey, Joe O’Brochta, Shari Burrows, Robert Edwards, Ted Bell and Robb Dorward.
Greg opened the meeting in prayer.
Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK) – The meeting began with a presentation by Kelly Rigger, Chief Programming Officer over all clinical services. In addition to covering the services and mission of CHNK, she discussed a new initiative, participation in the Human Rights Campaign’s program “All Children All Families”. The program is an initiative that promotes LGBT cultural competency among child welfare professionals. As a participant, CHNK will work to meet ten key benchmarks of LGBT Cultural Competency – from client non-descrimination policies, to staff training and creating an LGBT-inclusive agency environment. Kelly then talked about the recently opened outpatient facility in Main Strasse area offering outpaitent services for youth and families dealing with mental helath or addiction concerns.
Little Free Library – Chris Kelley showed the Commission a Power Point presentation which outlined how to register and offer a Little Free Library to the Covington community, located at Trinity. The detailed presentation is included with these minutes. Chris asked the Commission to offer its support of the project without providing any financial resources.
10/10 – Robert Edwards brought information on 10/10 which outlined who the program is, what they do, when and how they do it. Robert made a motion to provide10/10 $1500. The motion passed unanimously.
Food Bag Ministry – Greg offered Sunday, April 15 as a possible TED talk date to further explain the food bag ministry to the congregation. Joe O will check to see if the date is available on the church calendar. Marsha also said that she had delivered this month 16 bags to Trinity and an additional 50 bags to Holmes H.S.
Lincoln Grant Scholar House (LGSH) – Marsha passed around a photo of the family we sponsored which has moved into Lincoln Grant Scholar House. She said they are doing well and appreciate all of the donations from Trinity parishioners. Marsha and Steve are to meet with Shelli Baker about discussing project options and how Trinity can work in tandem with LGSH. Tutor/Mentor, Babysitting, etc.
Ted Bell offered the idea of supporting the family on-going through specific donations parishioners can choose from a Giving Tree. Robert made a motion to provide up to $500 from budget to support the family. The motion passed unanimously. It was suggested that if Jessica were to go to Rummage Sale, the Commission would pick up the amount of the purchases and turn in a voucher for reimbursement to ECW by Outreach.
LGSH sewing classs – Marsha brought a note from Betty Mitchell indicating that 8 people at LGSH interested in taking a sewing class from Betty, so she will buy the necessary sewing machines, etc. and hold classes in May.
Peru Sewing Mission Trip – Betty also provided an update on the sewing mission trip to Peru in which 70 women attended the training. Similar to the support provided to Lydia Witt in Rome, the Mission is helping women to be self-reliant through the training.
Children Inc. – Marsha told the Commission Children Inc is holding a 7 week program to help parents learn how to support children to complete education. She indicated there might be a future opportunity to host part of the program.
Chimes Articles – Articles will be written and pusblished for March on the Giving Tree and 10/10.
Northern Kentucky Forum’s affordable housing discussion – Marsha attended the last meeting. She said the need for affordable housing is insurmountable. Another session will be held at NKU on Thrusday, April 19 with Matt Desmond.
Steve told the Commission he sent the $1500 to Peru to cover 1 year’s teachers salary.
Decon’s Report – Joe showed the Commission a banner made by the participants with hand prints in appreciation of the donation made to sponsor a water purification project in Guatemalla. The banner will be hung in back wall of the naïve after Easter.
Rick Werth and his husband Mike were in Puerto Rico and met the Bishop for Ash Wednesday. Peter and St. Mary’s sent message to Bishop looking for a combined support effort.
Keep Covington Beautiful is April 28. Joe will put an article in the Chimes.
Adopt a Spot – Covington is starting a program where organizations can adopt locations throught the city. Joe suggested Trinity would adopt a location 4th & Madison.
Joe said he would put an article in Chimes with a couple of volunteer opportunities.
Emergency Shelter – Will be holding it’s 6th annual Homeless to Hopeful fundraiser, Thursday, March 15.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00PM in the classroom at the top of the stairs.