"...I was a stranger, and you welcomed me..." Matthew 25:35
At PCUM, you can provide hospitality and tangible help to homeless neighbors in three active, "hands-on" ministries:
The MIDNIGHT RUN — Several times each year, PCUM's youth group and adult volunteers make the 25-minute drive into New York City from 10 pm to 1 am on a Saturday night to deliver food and supplies to homeless neighbors at several stops throughout Manhattan. They are supported by the Midnight Run program leaders in the field, and back at the church by teams of Middle School youth and other adults who have prepared the sandwiches, heated the soup, and assembled clothing and other personal items donated by the congregation. The Midnight Run is an exciting, educational and rewarding way to build new relationships, show God's love and fight homelessness — one person at a time! To volunteer or to get more information, contact a member of PCUM's Mission and Service Team at .
M.E.S.H. — PCUM is an active member of a coalition of Montclair-area churches and synagogues called M.E.S.H (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) — working together to provide hospitality and assistance to adults living on the streets of our hometown. PCUM prepares and serves the evening meal to hungry and homeless neighbors right here in Montclair on the first and fourth Saturdays of the month. There are many opportunities to prepare food, serve meals, and sing and/or play music for MESH guests. You can sign up at http://soo.gd/meshcafe. Contact the Mission & Service Committee at with questions. For more information on M.E.S.H., you can visit their website at www.meshmontclair.org.
7th Street Bistro (currently closed until further notice due to Covid-19) - PCUM joins in partnership with several area Presbyterian congregations to serve at this Newark-based hunger ministry. Our volunteer-driven program enables us to provide and serve lunch to 50-75 neighbors on the 3rd Saturday of each month. To sign up to serve, contact the Mission & Service Committee at or visit: https://tinyurl.com/7thStreetBistro.
Georgia King Village in Newark: During this extended COVID-19 crisis, your congregation has continued its commitment to serving vulnerable children, families, and adults who are our neighbors in need.
Because the church that hosts PCUM's monthly food-program in Newark has gone on hiatus, your leaders-in-mission have re-directed your church's mission focus and resources to joining a Montclair-based effort to serve vulnerable families who live at Newark's Georgia King Village. Georgia King is a complex consisting of two high rise buildings and several town homes that is home to approximately 2000 children and adults. Many residents who live in this well-run residential complex in the heart of Newark are facing dire circumstances, especially these days.
Here is all the contact information and info regarding financial donations for this important mission effort by the PCUM family:
To support this effort financially, please Venmo Harriet Salem (@Harriet-Salem), chair of PCUM's Mission & Service ministry, or contact her to donate or ask questions at or 713-291-7031.
You are also welcome to support the Georgia King Village project financially by making a designated contribution to the church. Just indicate the purpose of your financial gift on your online donation or check to PCUM.
If you are able to donate any of the following much-needed items, they will be included in the weekly deliveries. Just drop them off at Harriet's house--36 Glenwood Avenue in Upper Montclair--before Friday morning. They include anything that any of us might need in these troubled times, such as:
* toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, disinfectant wipes, cleaning solution, hand sanitizer, etc.
* any shelf-stable food
* pasta sauce
* canned vegetables
* canned fruit
* apple sauce
* baby food
* canned tuna
* macaroni & cheese
Also - if anyone has furniture or beds that are in good shape, contact Harriet or PCUM. We'll find a pickup truck to get it delivered.