Partners in Ministry

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.

November 2021: Lutheran Family Services


Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is a faith based, non-profit human services agency providing adoption, foster care, older adult & caregiver, prevention, and refugee services since 1948. they provide help and support to children and families during their most challenging times regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or age. At LFSRM, we believe that all people, from the newborn to the most elderly, are valued members of our community.

 

They serve Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Las Cruces, Salt Lake City, and Colorado’s Western Slope. They partner with communities to meet the unmet needs affecting their most vulnerable populations. LFSRM strives to recognize areas in need and to find ways to serve those who have seemingly become invisible. Every day, hundreds of people turn to LFSRM for refuge, help and hope.

December 2021: Rise Against Suicide


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.

January 2022: Sister Carmen Food Bank


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.



Below are the organizations we have contributed to over the past few years through our designated PiM Offering.