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John Knox Presbyterian Church supports several ministries of the Greater Canton area through financial gifts, material donations, and volunteer efforts by members of the congregation. A brief summary of each organization and a link to their website are listed below:

 

Canton Calvary Mission is located in NE Canton, one of the poorest areas in Stark County. Some of the folks have lived in generational poverty, others are finding themselves in a new situation. The Mission seeks to serve these folks in need through its programs. The programs and services offered by Canton Calvary Mission include a Food Pantry, Hot Meals twice a week, free haircuts, tutoring, a children’s art program and much more. John Knox members have prepared and served at one of these Saturday evening meals each fall for the past four years. Other members have been volunteer tutors, and members have participated in monthly food donations for several years, plus with financial support. For more information one can link to the website: www.cantoncalvarymission.net

Domestic Violence Project, Inc. provides emergency and supportive services, including drug and alcohol treatment, to victims of domestic violence and promotes increased public awareness of domestic violence issues. John Knox supports DVPI through financial support and the donation of used cell phones from the congregation. For more information one can link to the website: www.domesticviolenceproj.org

Habitat for Humanity International of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness in our communities and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety. Members of John Knox have financially supported and have supplied the manpower to assist with building at least three area homes with other local church congregations. Currently, we are financially supporting our local Habitat for Humanity and collecting tools for their tool drive. Also, members can make donations to the ReStore to benefit Habitat. For more information one can link to the website:www.habitatstark.org

Pathway Caring for Children offers foster care and adoption services for children of all ages. Pathway’s services are treatment-oriented as the organization specializes in caring for those who have suffered from abuse, neglect or abandonment. Complimentary services that support healthy family development include mental health services; respite care for foster families; and post-adoption support. John Knox supports Pathway financially within the annual mission budget. For more information one can link to the website: www.pathwaycfc.org

The Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County (PSC) is a medical, non-profit, faith-based pregnancy center, designed to provide practical support and factual information in a caring context to women and men who are involved in a crisis pregnancy (an unplanned, untimely or unwanted pregnancy). John Knox provides financial support within that annual mission budget and members contribute material donations for babies to the center. For more information one can link to the website: www.pscstark.com

Stark County Hunger Task Force: Since 1981, the Stark County Hunger Task Force has taken a positive role in battling the hunger needs of the community of Stark County. From what was founded as four food pantries feeding 3,000 people each month, we have grown to over two-dozen pantries, three Senior Pantry program sites, four Backpacks for Kids programs, and a Community Campus Pantry who, together, feed a total of 15,000 people every month. All of our services are free to clients who qualify by The Emergency Food Assistance Program income guidelines. John Knox supports the Stark County Hunger Task Force with an annual offering and many members make food donations to it. For more information one can link to the website:www.starkhunger.org

The Total Living Center Ministries Inc. was formed to fulfill the challenge of taking the message of healing to all the churches and interested individuals of our land and to as many other nations as possible. The activities will include teaching, seminars, preaching services, worship services, conferences, development of teaching tools such as audio and audio-visual cassettes, books, pamphlets, workbooks, etc. to help convey the message of healing. It also includes tangible expressions of healing to as many as our resources of time, money, and talents permit through a Soup Kitchen, distribution of groceries to the poor, financial assistance to the poor, FREE Dental Care, FREE Chiropractic Services, FREE Medical Clinic, and other forms of ministry to the poor, the needy, the homeless, the hungry, the ill, and any and all that are often society’s neglected ones. John Knox supports TLC financially through its mission budget and TLC is the recipient of the annual White Gift Service offering and food donations. Also, the youth group has participated in serving meals at TLC For more information one can link to the website: www.totallivingcenter.org

Young Life of Stark County: Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program WyldLife. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College.Young Life’s multicultural ministry, focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States. We refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum and to our work with teen moms as YoungLives. In a partnership with Military Community Youth Ministries, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond. The Small Towns initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people. John Knox supports the local chapter financially within its mission budget. Members of the congregation have been active as adult volunteers with Young Life. For more information one can link to the website: www.younglife.org

 
 

Other local ministries that John Knox has supported with mission offerings and some volunteer services are:

Refuge of Hope Ministries is an inner-city, faith-based organization to downtown Canton, Ohio. Our mission is to provide spiritual hope, food and shelter to individuals in crisis in the Greater Canton area. Refuge of Hope focuses on serving God by feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and teaching His Word. We exist to fight the overwhelming and often unnoticed onslaught of homelessness. Our goal is to help individuals return to societal living as assets and contributing community members. www.refugeofhope.com

Hammer & Nails, Inc. an ecumenical Christian outreach nonprofit organization based in Canton, Ohio, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged area homeowners through home and property improvements. www.hammerandnails.org