"...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 Manhatten. 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 Kyle Howland at or Associate Pastor Lauren Scharstein at .
Habitat for Humanity — Members and friends spend several Saturdays each year as part of the nationwide network of volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. Whether you're an expert carpenter or an enthusiastic learner, there is a place for you among the PCUM-ers who turn out to help build an affordable home that will belong to a family making the transition from homelessness to home ownership.
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. If you would like to help provide a meal for approximately twenty on a Saturday night and/or volunteer to sleep overnight when the outside temperature drops below safe levels, please contact Elizabeth Riggs at or/and Pastor Greg Horn at . For more information on M.E.S.H., you can visit their website at www.meshmontclair.org.
The BRIDGES RUN — Much like the Midnight Run, the Bridges Run gives PCUMers the opportunity to serve breakfast/lunch to our homeless neighbors in need, this time closer by in Newark. On specified Saturday mornings, volunteers work together to assemble approximately 300 sandwiches and individual bags with much-needed personal items — and then deliver them to homeless neighbors at several stops in dowtown Newark, just a few miles from the church.