During the years of 2013 - 2015 the United Methodist Men have concentrated their mission outreach to local agencies including Home of the Sparrow and Rockford Urban Ministries. Home of the Sparrow serves homeless women and children in McHenry and Lake Counties in Northern Illinois. The projects have been open to both men and women and included updating repairs of the agency’s facilities using volunteer’s skills in carpentry, painting and landscaping. Rockford Urban Ministries (RUM) is an intercity agency serving Rockford, Illinois. Our projects have included repair of porch windows, front stairs, railings, floors etc.
In October 2015 fourteen of the men traveled to eastern Kentucky through the auspices of the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Chavies, KY. The men were divided into three teams repairing floors in a trailer home, installing windows and doors and installing siding on another, and creating and building a wheel chair ramp at another home.
The UMM plan to continue to partner with Home of the Sparrow and to return to Kentucky in October 2016 with A.S.P.
For more information about A. S. P. contact Bob Riepl or Jim Nelson; for Home of the Sparrow contact Jim Nelson.