After Eight Years . . . Eight Days of Gratitude - Part 6

Here’s Part 6 of my “8 days of gratitude” for the people and groups who have been such an integral part of the success of the RMO’s collaborative efforts to improve our community.

Today, I want to express my profound gratitude for the many congregations and faith-based groups who have contributed to the success of the RMO and our returning citizens in meaningful and really valuable ways over the years.

Congregations have invited RMO staff and our returning citizens to speak to Sunday School groups, preach during worship services, and provided other opportunities and platforms to raise awareness about the work of the RMO.

They’ve hosted RMO fundraising and educational events, including film screenings, book discussions, community forums, and trainings.

They’ve provided meeting space, meals, and other resources for our Successful Returning Citizens support groups.

Congregations have carried out donation drives to collect bus passes, gift cards, toiletries, blankets, personal organizer kits, snack kits, blankets, winter clothing, and other tangible items for RMO clients.

They have awarded us grants, designated collection-plate offerings, and other types of funding for various RMO projects.

Pastors and congregation members have written letters, signed petitions, and spoken at public meetings and events in support of the work of the RMO.

They have sent members of their staff and congregations to our Mentor trainings, Healing Communities trainings, and Trauma 101 trainings.

Most of our mentors for the RMO’s Successful Returning Citizens support group come from our partner congregations.

And in April of this year, under the leadership of the RMO’s incoming Interim Director, Mark Harris, an initial six congregations and faith-based organizations entered into new written covenants with the RMO to formalize and further expand this mutual support. Mark will continue to build relationships and engage additional congregations in these covenantal relationships going forward.

The congregations & organizations that have signed covenants with the RMO so far are:
Lancaster Friends Meeting
Grandview United Methodist Church
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster
Saint Thomas Episcopal Church
Lancaster Theological Seminary

I am so very grateful to all of our partner congregations for the many ways they have supported the RMO and our returning citizens and contributed to this work.

Akron Mennonite Church
Brightside Baptist Church
Christ Church UCC in Elizabethtown
Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren
First United Methodist Church
Freedom Path Church
Grace United Church of Christ
Grandview United Methodist Church
Hamilton Park United Church of Christ
Highland Presbyterian Church
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Lancaster County Bible Church (LCBC)
Lancaster Friends Meeting
Lancaster Theological Seminary
Landisville Mennonite Church
Mountville Church of the Brethren
Pilgrims Mennonite Church
Providence Church
St Johns Episcopal Church
St Thomas Episcopal Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster
Zion Lutheran Church – Akron

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