Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Good Stuff in TEC: Bethlehem (PA)

Episcopal churches get social grants

Three area Episcopal churches – two in Wilkes-Barre and one in Scranton – are among six in Northeastern Pennsylvania that will receive social outreach grants totaling nearly $100,000.

This distribution by the Diocese of Bethlehem – the Episcopal Church in 14 counties of eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania – marks the first of five years of grant awards for local social ministry projects that will be made from $1.1 million in New Hope campaign funds.

The largest award – $40,000 – will go to Good Shepherd Church on Washington Avenue in Scranton toward the establishment of a men’s shelter.

The multi-year plan, for which $200,000 will be awarded over five years, includes preparing for use of the undercroft of the church as a emergency shelter on winter nights and on occasions when families in the community are displaced from their homes.

The shelter project is an expansion of the Seasons of Love program that serves healthcare needs of the homeless and working poor, said Canon Bill Lewellis, diocese spokesman.


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