The Partners in Ministry Designated Offering Program at Grace is one of the ways that we are Reaching Out in Christ's Love. Each month, we pass the plate for an organization that aligns with our Mission, and about whose mission our members and friends feel passionately. Our impact is doubled thanks to the Grace Foundation, who match every gift dollar for dollar, up to $2,000/month.
Rise Against Suicide helps youth at risk of suicide by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment, enabling them to find hope and healing.
Rise Against Suicide funds therapy sessions for at-risk youth struggling with suicidal ideation in the geographic areas included in Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District. Young people up to the age of 19 who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and are uninsured or underinsured are eligible for funded counseling services through Rise. The organization receives referrals from private and public elementary, middle, and high schools, community social workers, psychologists and mental health professionals, hospitals, and mental health facilities. Within hours of receiving a request for help, at-risk youth can be connected with qualified, private therapists; this immediate response is unique to Rise Against Suicide.
Rise serves in the geographic areas serviced by Boulder Valley School District and Saint Vrain Valley School District.
Sister Carmen Community Center is here to help. Economic struggles affect us all from time to time—the loss of a job, an unexpected illness, divorce, and other life events. The many people we serve include the underemployed, newly unemployed, seniors, people with disabilities, young adults, families, and the largest group experiencing poverty—children.
As housing costs grow and wages and income stay stagnant, more and more families, many of whom have been here for generations, are being pushed to the brink of homelessness. They can’t afford childcare—the second largest household expense in Colorado—and many parents have to choose between working or staying home with their children. One illness, car repair, or loss of a job can be detrimental to a family.
Our origins stem from Sister Carmen Ptacnik [Puh-TASS-nik], a Catholic nun that was assigned to assess the needs of the people in Lafayette, Colorado in 1970. Sister Carmen became very well-known in the community for her efforts to support those in need, particularly those in monolingual communities, thanks to her Spanish-speaking abilities. The community embraced Sister Carmen and continued her humanitarian efforts by responding with donations of food, clothing, toys and household goods for her to distribute to people in need.
Grace Lutheran Church has a long history of helping refugees and asylum seekers, and the Asylum Ministry Fund sets aside resources for direct aid to individuals in and around Boulder on a case-by-case basis. At present, this fund is dedicated to providing support for Emmanuel Rusaka, who came to us at Grace in 2017 and is now in his 4th year as a pending asylee. Donations contribute to his legal fees and education, and enable Grace Lutheran Church to give his family in Congo stability during ongoing turmoil in that country. The hope is to raise enough funds for three more classes which would enable Emmanuel to graduate in June 2023.
Because of Emmanuel, we have an opportunity to live out what it means to be the family of God as we offer finances, prayer, and community to our brother from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Below are the organizations we have contributed to over the past few years through our designated PiM Offering.