Outreach to our community
North Congregational Church has a legacy of serving the community and addressing its needs. One of our many contributions is our support of Crossroads of Michigan. A group of North Church volunteers travels to Crossroads, a Detroit soup kitchen, to provide meals to the homeless and those struggling to find a means to feeding themselves. Two teams of volunteers serve 500-700 clients of Crossroads. The first team makes hundreds of sandwiches and gets the soup boiling. The second team serves the clients. But before the big day members of North Church are busy baking hundreds of cookies, collecting toiletries for hygiene kits and gathering clothing.
Many members and friends participate in the annual CROP Walk soliciting pledges to support the programs of Church World Service, internationally, nationally and locally. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger. In our community churches, mosques, and synagogues, as well as other organizations from Farmington, Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield work together. About 200 walkers from twenty organizations raise over $26,000 each year, with one-quarter of that amount staying in our local community. The CROP Walk is always held on first Sunday in May.
In March of 2021, our volunteers provided the food and served lunch to Crossroads clients! Crossroads Soup Kitchen is located at 2424 West Grand Blvd. in Detroit. They provide a hot, nutritious meal, to hungry, impoverished individuals and families every Sunday of the year.