Recognizing that we are called to be good neighbors, Pearl Church is intentionally building relationship with our neighbors next door at the Pearl Court Apartments, which is a mixed-income apartment building of 200 residents.
Because we value authentic community, we are committed to developing this relationship and investing in this community for the long-term. We don’t see this as a “service opportunity” where we are the givers and the residents are the receivers. Rather, this is a dynamic relationship where we all are active participants that teach each other about life and how to live life in community.
As a result, we respect each other’s lived experience and interests. We do not show up with an agenda, but genuinely desire to meet people where they are at – showing care and respect for their choices, values, and current place in life. Our relationships and activities strive to be sustainable by balancing the capacity of volunteers, empowering leadership in residents, and meeting felt needs.
We currently offer a monthly food pantry and dinner organized by a core team of church volunteers.
We are always looking for more people to get involved and take leadership roles (both from Pearl Church and Pearl Court). These can either be one-time volunteers, or on an on-going basis. Current opportunities include:
Food pantry helper: We currently hold the pantry the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:00-8:00pm in the Pearl Court lobby. Helpers are needed to chat with residents, help them select food items, and pack grocery bags. Additional help is needed to shop for and unload groceries.
Monthly dinner helper: We serve dinner the 3rd Saturday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm in the Pearl Court lobby. Volunteers are needed to prepare food at home, set-up, serve, and clean-up at the dinner, and visit with the residents while they eat.
Activity leaders: When possible, we like to offer some kind of social or educational activity during the pantries and dinners. Volunteers are needed to coordinate activities, such as board games, crafts, speakers, or sing-alongs.
Questions, or interested in participating? Contact Leslie Barnes.