In a time of crisis, we pivot to our basics, to what we know best. We see this in the rush to stock up on basic supplies, yes, including toilet paper. We see this in how we set up Zoom meals with family and friends, yes, even with family and friends we would never have seen if the crisis hadn’t come.
At The Philadelphia Project, we are also pivoting to our basics. We are rooted deeply within the local church. It is these roots we now cling to in the face of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. This enables us to retain clarity about why we serve and who we serve. We serve out of love for and obedience to Christ and his Kingdom. We serve, through church partnerships, our most vulnerable Philadelphia neighbors.
We are fortunate to be in a position to weather the immediate shock of the crisis. We have been able to deploy staff that would normally be running our service trips or our afterschool programs to come alongside our church partners. We hear the same from every pastor we’ve spoken with: the ministry of the local church is expanding and being stretched to new limits. More people and resources are needed to meet more needs in more difficult circumstances than ever before.
We now have a staff member who is helping her church run their online Zoom services and produce a new weekly newsletter to keep their congregation connected during this time of social distancing. We have also deployed staff to spend some of their week partnering with the local church to help facilitate a drive-thru food pantry as well as drop-off delivery service of food supplies.
We have been able to maintain our construction manager on staff, deploying him to finish up projects, work on emergency repairs, and get us ready to jump back into safe, socially-distant home repair as soon as the stay-at-home orders are relaxed. We have accomplished this while continuing to invest in our afterschool kids by hosting homework help via Zoom, which has been a welcome reprieve especially for single parent homes with less hands to handle the new role of teacher.
We are hopeful about our ability to continue to relevantly serve in the midst of this crisis. But we cannot do it without your help. A group of generous supporters have already come together to promise to match the first $25,000 that we raise. We would like you to consider partnering with us to meet this match challenge:
First, whether you are able to give in this time or not, we’d like to set up a team of prayer warriors who we update with bi-weekly prayer requests for The Philadelphia Project. Sign up here to be added to our list.
Second, we are prayerfully asking you to consider making a one-time donation to The Philadelphia Project, in response to this seismic need and vast opportunity. We were humbled to hear from a board member who will be donating their entire stimulus check as soon as it comes in. If you are able to give an additional gift at this time, we’d like some of you to consider donating some or all of your stimulus check to The Philadelphia Project.
Finally, we’d like you to consider joining in support of our ministry through a new monthly gift of $25 or more. The Federally-funded CARES Act allows for each taxpayer to deduct $300 from their gross income. This is not itemized and comes before the standard deduction! Monthly gifts provide the stability and predictability that calm the noise of crisis all around us. They allow us to focus more on who we are serving and why, rather than on how we will afford it and which materials we have to choose not to buy.
As we pivot in the midst of the crisis, will you move with us? Thank you for prayerfully considering ways you can support us. We are grateful that we can weather the immediate crisis and are hopeful that God will especially continue to work through TPP to share the good news of God’s great love and comfort to those around us who are suffering the most.
Ray Garcia, Executive Director
David Fuller, Deputy Director