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Local Outreach

Days for Girls Ministry

Volunteers at GSLC gather to sew and assemble feminine hygiene kits for girls and women in third world countries.  These items empower the recipients by allowing them to continue to participate in school, work, and everyday life during times that they would otherwise be indisposed. 

Dr. Summer Nguyen and Nurse, Fabienne Goutier explain how Days for Girls kits work to a group of Haitian Nurses:  

You do not need to know how to use a sewing machine in order to help with the “Days for Girls” kits.   For more information about the Irvine Chapter of Days for Girls, or to be placed on the e-mail list of this ministry, please contact Alicia Zubiri at irvineca@daysforgirls.org.  For more information about the Days for Girls ministry please go to: www.daysforgirls.org

Isaiah House, Santa Ana

The Isaiah House is a homeless shelter that provides a safe, sober place to sleep, eat, and shower to about 100 homeless women and children.  Volunteers are always needed to cook meals at the shelter and interact with the residents. Families and young children are welcome as volunteers, but arrangements should be made in advance.  This is also a great small group activity. Donations of clothes, toilet paper, blankets, etc. are gratefully accepted.

The Isaiah House also provides meals to the homeless who live on the streets and gather on the grounds of the Santa Ana Civic Center court complex. Meals are provided every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Volunteers are always needed to pick up the food at the Isaiah House, transport it to the Civic Center about 10 minutes away from the house, and serve it to approximately 150+ homeless people. 

GSLC has two regularly scheduled service activities with the Isaiah House:

  1. Homeless Street Ministry: every Wednesday volunteers carpool from the South church campus and/or a member’s home at 4:30-4:45 p.m.. We finish by 6:30 p.m. Teenagers are welcome to participate. This is also a great small group activity. For more information, contact David Dupre
  2. Monthly Dinners at the Isaiah House: on the third Sunday of every month, volunteers provide and serve dinner to the women who reside at the house. This is a wonderful service opportunity for families with young children (seven or over) and teenagers. For more information, contact, Terry Fee at tdfee@cox.net.

Note: Our GSLC Vacation Bible School (VBS) kids raised $5,000 in the summer of 2008 to help fund the activities of the shelter. In addition, the GSLC-Thrivent “Nourish the Needy” fundraising effort last summer helped stock the shelter’s freezers and pantry.

“If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness.” Isaiah 58:10

Sandwiches for the Homeless Ministry

GSLC’s Sandwiches for the Homeless Ministry is an ongoing service project that has served the homeless for years. Volunteers meet the second Friday of each month in the church kitchen to make and bag sunbutter and jelly sandwiches. Hygiene kits are also created from donated items. The sandwiches and kits (and homemade cookies, when available) are delivered to the Salvation Army Home and to the Street Ministry both located in Santa Ana.

You can contribute to this ministry by joining other volunteers on designated Fridays, baking cookies and dropping them off at church, and donating travel size toiletries to be used in the hygiene kits.

***Families and young children are welcome (one of our 3-year old members participated by standing on a stool!). This is also an excellent “teen” and small group service opportunity.

For more information, contact Bill or Tina Cordes at tmcordes@cox.net or 949-294-2456.

Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to some of the poorest populations in Orange County. GSLC has supported the local Garden Grove chapter by conducting food drives, providing Christmas gifts and infant necessities through our “Shepherd’s Tree” program, donating gift cards for perishable food and prescription medications, and stocking the freezers of the emergency food pantry.  LSS was a recipient of the GSLC-Thrivent “Nourish the Needy” food donations in August of 2008.

“Your care for others is the measure of your greatness.” Luke 9:48

Families Forward

Families Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving low-income and homeless families in Orange County. It helps families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other support services. Families Forward distributes donated food on a weekly basis from their food pantry warehouse. It also stores donated furniture for delivery as necessary.

GSLC has supported Families Forward for years through food drives and gifts from our “Shepherd’s Tree.” In 2007, GSLC members and our VBS children raised almost $10,000 to furnish a condominium donated to a family.

“The one who refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 22:25

For more information contact Teckla Morini at tjmorini@gmail.com.

Back Pack and School Supplies Drive for Franklin Elementary School

Franklin Elementary School in Santa Ana educates many children who start their school year without paper, pens, back packs, and other school supplies. GSLC has informally “adopted” this school to make sure its students have a better chance at succeeding. Every August, GSLC members donate supplies that are distributed to students by the school’s staff.  

For more information, contact Terry Fee at tdfee@cox.net.

Horizon Pregnancy ClinicHorizon Pregnancy Center

The Horizon Pregnancy Clinic in Huntington Beach (www.horizonpc.org)  is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides support to women facing unplanned pregnancies. It provides counseling and education, abortion alternatives, childbirth classes and emotional support.

GSLC supports Horizon Pregnancy Clinic through financial gifts and special baby care drives. The baby items are used for their on-site baby store which allows new moms to earn points for attending weekly classes and redeem the points in the Baby Store.  

For more information, contact Jennie Samstag at dsamstag@aol.com.

Shepherd’s Tree

GSLC “Shepherd’s Tree” provides an opportunity for members of all ages to give “something extra” at Christmas to the needy in our community. Before Thanksgiving, a Christmas Tree is put in the church narthex decorated with paper ornaments that contain gift suggestions for the many community organizations GSLC serves. Our members select an ornament (or two or three!!) and return the gifts to the Shepherd’s Tree before Christmas. The Outreach Ministry gets to share the joy of Christmas with the recipients by delivering the gift items.

For more information, contact Terry Fee at tdfee@cox.net or Teckla Morini at tjmorini@gmail.com.

“Whoever is kind to the needy honor God.” Proverbs 14:31