Prineville Church Reaches Homeless And Elderly in Community

December 01, 2007 | Yolanda Jahn

One of the goals of the Prineville Church is to emphasize service to the community and recently, they had two opportunities to do that.

First, five Prineville Church members and Jose Galvez, Prineville Church associate pastor, and his wife Sherry, volunteered at an Oct. 13 event in Central Oregon called "Project Homeless Connect." This statewide initiative involves about 125 agencies and service providers. About 1,000 people received two meals, a haircut and dental care. At the event, they could also get information and direction for employment, housing, utility assistance and child care. There was also information specifically for veterans or seniors.

Galvez says, "I was very happy to see our church members step up and help at this humanitarian event. As a church we don't have the kind of money to completely change someone's life, but we were able to give them love and respect. I was able to give a few hugs and offer special prayer for some. Project Homeless Connect enabled us to do what Jesus would do for those in need."

Second, the Prineville Church singing band made its debut by singing to the residents at the Carriage House Assisted Living facility in October. The group consists of 15 juniors and youth along with a few adults. The residents appreciated the meaningful hymns while the young people enjoyed visiting with them. The group looks forward to future outreach opportunities.