Women across the church are busy collecting up items for five programs, four in North Carolina and one international, that serve women of many generations. Visit our “get involved” page to learn how you can join in the effort to gather in-kind gifts, continuing a long-standing tradition that Lutheran women provide support to the host city of a triennial gathering.
Those agencies receiving our in-kind gifts will be:
- The Legacy Hall program of Florence Crittenton Services works with at-risk adolescent females, ages 16-21, who are in legal custody of the Department of Social Services and need assistance in learning vocational, life and social skills development in order to facilitate positive future outcomes.
- The Journey Place program of The Relatives works with young adult males, ages 18-21, who are aging out of foster care and need assistance making the transition from foster care to being an independent adult.
- Faith Farm, of Lutheran Services Carolinas, provides transitional housing for homeless female veterans and provides them employment and benefit assistance, transportation to and from medical appointments and job interviews, counseling, re-integration into the community and support from local faith groups.
- Lutheran World Relief provides relief on behalf of U.S. Lutherans, helping Lutherans put their Christian faith into action. Quilts and kits travel around the globe, helping those in need.
- Lily Pad Haven provides housing and coordinates transitional services for victims of human trafficking.
In addition, folks involved in each of these agencies will be present in The Dor, our exhibit hall, leading interactive learning opportunities on Friday and Saturday afternoon, alternatives to traditional workshops.
In-kind gifts can be brought to The Dor, the exhibit hall, at the Charlotte Convention Center on Thursday, July 24. Alternately, items can be mailed to the following address, for arrival between May 15 and June 15:
Women of the ELCA
8765 W Higgins Road
Chicago IL 60631-4101