The objective of Project 319 is to commence and sustain a ministry that provides necessities for the homeless and needy. These necessities include certain types of clothing such as coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, scares, and underwear. The Shiloh Church, through Pastoral vision from God, has initiated this effort in accordance with Proverbs 31:9 which states, "Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy" (NASB version). This project document is strategically focused, and is not designed to provide great detail on tactical operations.
Collaboration with other religious non-profit organizations (organizations)
Other religious non-profit organizations (organizations) in Garland have been providing necessities (e.g. food, a place for hot showers, job training, and other services) to the homeless and needy for several years. The Shiloh Church (Church) is now collaborating with these organizations to provide for the homeless and needy. The Church will provide the previously mentioned clothing while the other organizations will focus on both clothing and other needs. Those organizations who have agreed to collaborate with the Church are detailed below:
Hearts and Hands (H&H)-Garland Outreach of Garland (Axe Memorial United Methodist Church): This ministry serves families in distress who live in the 75041 zip code (Garland). H&H offer assistance to help meet the immediate need for food, while also sharing information about other services in Garland. Hours of Operation: Tuesday and Thursdays, 9:00 am to noon. H&H also offers shower facilities for homeless on Thursdays from 9:00am to noon. If the distressed family needs clothing, the H&H ministry will send them to the Shiloh Church.
The Friendship House, Ministry of First Baptist Church (FBC)–Garland: The Friendship House, a relief ministry sponsored by the FBC of Garland, in conjunction with local churches and community organizations, was organized in 1977 to help meet the physical needs of those who were out of work, physically disabled or low income for a variety of reasons and circumstances. With the help of many volunteers, it reaches out to as many as 175 families per week. The Friendship House provides food and clothing to distressed individuals. Distressed individuals can only get clothing from the Friendship House twice a year. For those individuals exceeding the twice a year limit, the Friendship House will send them to the Shiloh Church. Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9:30am – 3:30pm; & Wednesdays 9:30am –noon. The Friendship House has agreed to provide “over-flow” or excess clothing donations to the Shiloh Church.
The Matthew 25:40 Project: The Matthew 25:40 Project provides coats and blankets to the homeless. The Project also feeds the homeless every Wednesday. The Project is planning to send their clients to the Shiloh Church for clothing. The Project has also agreed to send their donors to the Shiloh Church.
Potential Future Partners: Our Sister Churches in Garland; the Garland Independent School District, local citizenry & other Christians (regardless of church membership or affiliation) who are willing to donate time, clothing, or monetarily to Project 319.
What can I, as a member of the Shiloh Church, Garland community, or the Christian Faith do to ensure the success of Project 319?
First off, keep bringing those clothing items discussed in the objectives section of this document. Also donate monetarily. Tell your neighbors, family members, co-workers, and friends as well, and encourage them to donate clothing items. Volunteer to assist in Project 319, as the workload is easier if we have more volunteers (specific hours of operation and opportunities will be communicated to Shiloh members during or after Sunday morning church service). Project 319 will only work if the people of God show the required dedication to sustain it over time. Remember, other religious organizations, and the homeless and needy are depending on the Shiloh Church to assist distressed families. Finally, God has blessed the Shiloh Church with this opportunity and is carefully watching our efforts!
Are my clothing and monetary donations tax-deductible?
Upon request, we will provide donors with IRS-complaint in-kind donation forms. Both clothing and monetary donations qualify as a tax-deduction , but you should check with your tax advisor to determine applicability to your individual tax situation.