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Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

We work with different organizations from our community to extend our partnership to those in need and to help create a connection between our congregation and the community that surrounds us to better serve one another. If you hover over our Serve/Give tab and scroll down and hover over Community Partnerships you will find all the organizations that we are a part of, and how you can help maintain this partnership.

We thank you for all your efforts!

Grace Place

Grace Places offers Homeless prevention services to individuals and families in the St. Croix River Valley. Services rent, utility, transportation, medication and dental. Grace Place shelter in New Richmond provides shelter for up to 64 individuals. Ezekiel Lutheran Church offers a meal at the New Richmond facility 7 times per year. The dates for 2019 are October 22 and December 24. You can help by preparing a food item, and/or deliver and serve the meal. Food items should be at Ezekiel by 4 pm. For more information or questions call Lois Michaelson 715-425-6647. See the sign up sheet at the Welcome Center or sign up online:
https://ezekiel.ivolunteer.com/event_001

 

Wednesday Meals

We host a weekly meal and feed anywhere from 65-75 people each week. If you are interested in helping out with one of the meals you can sign up here:

Sign up for Wednesday Meals

The time commitment is on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 PM or until cleaned up. We ask that you wear a mask while helping.

 

 

 

Food Pantry

The River Falls Community Food Pantry
222 N. Main St – Suite C, River Falls, WI  54022 (old Mr. Movies location)
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 341, River Falls, WI  54022
Phone: (715) 425-6880

Website: www.rfcfp.org
Email address:  rfc.foodpantry@gmail.com

Hours of Operation:
Monday – 10am-12am & 6:30pm-8pm
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 1pm-5pm
Thursday – 6:30pm-8pm
Friday – 10am-12pm
Saturday – 10am-12pm
Sunday – Closed

You don’t need an appointment to use the food pantry, just come during the hours of operation and bring a photo id, and proof of residence in River Falls (i.e. electric bill, copy of lease, etc.).

Donations for the food shelf are always welcome. To make a donation, just drop it by the Food Shelf during their open hours.  All perishable items must be dropped off at the Food Shelf during their open hours.  Non-perishable items can be dropped off at one of several drop off locations throughout the city including:

St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ, or here at Ezekiel.

If you wish to make a monetary donation, you can drop it by the Food Shelf during their open hours or mail it to: P.O. Box 341, River Falls, WI  54022

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ARC-Assistance & Resource Center, Inc.

Do you need additional help or financial assistance?
ARC – Assistance & Resource Center, Inc. – Serving individuals and families living within the River Falls School District – www.arcriverfalls.org
ARC is available to provide short-term financial assistance to members of the community to help meet their basic needs and provide access to additional resources.
Phone: 715-338-0755
Phone Hours: Phones will be answered by volunteers who confidentially gather intake information and provide referral numbers.
Monday    10:00am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday     7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday    10:00am – 12:00 pm
Thursday    10:00am – 12:00 pm
Friday    10:00am – 12:00 pm
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 223, River Falls, WI  54022
What you should know about ARC. Click here for information sheet.

Donate your Family Fresh Receipts
River Falls Assistance & Resource Center (ARC) is an agency whose sole purpose is to help people in need.  They provide help with rent, utilities, food, gas, laundry, auto repair, transportation, and clothing.  They are funded by several churches in River Falls and by applying for grants.  One of these is offered through Family Fresh of River Falls, by collecting cash receipts.

Simply donate your receipts at Ezekiel!  There is a small plastic container on the name tag table to put your receipts in.  Thank you for your help!

Free Clinic – Pierce & St. Croix Counties

The Free Clinic serves both Pierce and St. Croix counties.  Their mission is to provide primary health care and preventative health education for the residents of Pierce and St. Croix counties who have no health care alternative.  Services are provided to those who are uninsured and have a household income of 185% or less of the Federal Poverty Level.  Services are provided according to need.

Registration begins at 4:15pm on Tuesday evenings.  No appointments.  Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Up to 25 patients can be seen each week.

Address: Unit 2 of the River Falls Medical Clinic (1687 Division St., River Falls, WI  54022)

Website:  www.freeclinicpiercestcroix.org

Phone: 715-426-9000

To help donate to the clinic and help individuals in need click here

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrew 6:10

Turningpoint

Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Inc. is a 24-hour, 7 days a week Crisis Line and Shelter that serves Pierce and St. Croix County. If you or anyone you know needs help please call 715-425-6751 or toll free at1-800-345-5104.

Volunteer Opportunities: Turningpoint has a variety of volunteer opportunities with flexible scheduling available! We currently need volunteers to help at Second Chances, donations pickups, special projects, and much more. To apply, visit our website, stop in at Second Chances, or contact Javin for more information: javin@turningpoint-wi.org or call 715-425-6751 ext. 107.

Turningpoint Mailing Address: P.O. Box 304, River Falls, WI 54022

Second Chances: 119 North Main St., River Falls, 54022 715-426-5463

Store Hours:
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Website: www.turningpoint-wi.org

Haiti

Helping Haiti

There are many needs in Haiti, more than anyone in America can imagine. We are truly blessed and are in a position to help our much less fortunate neighbors to the south. With 70% unemployment, the people of Haiti don’t need volunteer labor from us. What they need from us is help in funding projects to improve their access to very basic human needs. We feel that Christ has called us in this endeavor, and we welcome you to join us. Together we can make a difference!

Ezekiel Lutheran’s Haiti project began in 2002, when five members of Ezekiel went on a Food For the Poor (FFP) pilgrimage to Haiti. After seeing the destitution there and consulting with FFP staff, they decided to embark on a project to build twenty-five, two-room houses and the necessary toilet facilities.

Thinking that this might make a wonderful ecumenical project, they approached the River Falls Ministerium, a coalition of the pastors of the churches in River Falls.  The idea was well received and Ezekiel (ELCA) was joined in the project by St. Bridget (Catholic), Church of the Covenant, United Church of Christ, Luther Memorial (LCMS), The Assembly of God, and United Methodist churches.  The twenty five houses and associated sanitation blocks were completed by a Haitian contractor under FFP supervision.

The village dedication in Haiti in 2004 was attended by ten River Falls people representing four of the churches involved, FFP staff, the contractor, and the villagers.  Following the dedication ceremony, a meeting was held with the villagers to discuss their most pressing needs.  They decided their two most urgent needs were a health clinic and an elementary school.  Initially the health clinic was chosen as the next project.  Then two and a half years of turmoil erupted in Haiti and FFP clinics were being robbed of medicine and drugs for sale on the black market.  The remote countryside location of the village caused FFP personnel to be concerned about the safety of a nurse working in a place where medicine and drugs would be stored.

Then an important meeting took place.  Since FFP didn’t think it was safe for us to go to Haiti, they flew Fr. Emmanuel Sainteliat, the priest from the area of our village, to Florida so we could meet with him.  His first comment to us was “What we really need is a school.”  We had seen their school building and knew that what he said was true.  A Haitian engineer, hired by FFP, studied the building and deemed it not worth fixing.  We realized that we needed to change our project.  Pencils and paper have no value on the black market, there wouldn’t be a nurse in isolation, and the school already had six teachers.  We could simply give them a decent, safe, building.

The two story school was completed and dedicated on November 9, 2010. The completed school includes 12 classrooms, an administrative office, a teachers’ room, a cistern water system, a playground and toilet facilities. It serves 650 students from first through ninth grades. In addition, pre-school and kindergarten are held in a refurbished portion of the old school. The school is solidly built with steel reinforced concrete and survived the disastrous earthquake of 2010 without a crack. It is a blessing to the people of Ganthier Village.

There are also other needs related to this project.  The average current salary paid to teachers and staff is about $130 per month, and a staff of 34 is needed to run the school. It costs about $300 per year for a student to go to school, a prohibitive cost for many.  Of course, tuition costs can be reduced if other funds are available to support the teachers. We are currently sending $2500 per month to the school to help with teacher salaries.

This money is raised through: the annual ecumenical “It Takes a Village” valentine concert held at Ezekiel, member support through Ezekiel’s Starfish Program, and through generous support of other members of the River Falls community at large. Eventually, we hope to add a small health center to the school, which would allow a nurse to be part of a larger staff, where isolation and safety wouldn’t be such an issue.

 

Our Neighbors’ Place, Inc.

Our Neighbors’ Place will provide shelter and support services to families and individuals of Pierce & St. Croix Counties to help people move toward independence and self sufficiency.

Website: www.ourneighborsplace.org
Email: ourneighborsplace@gmail.com
Telephone: 715-426-9000
Address: 122 West Johnson, River Falls, WI  54022

Our Neighbors’ Place Day Center is open:
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Kinnickinnic Backpack Program

The Kinnickinnic Backpack Program is a new program between Ezekiel, Our Neighbors’ Place and the River Falls Food Pantry.  It is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources, such as free or reduced-price school lunches, are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.

Backpacks are filled with food that children take home during those times.  The food is child-friendly, non-perishable and vitamin-fortified.  The backpacks are then discreetly distributed to children on the last day of school before the weekend or holiday.  The backpacks will be returned on Mondays and filled for the next week.

Help is Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help pack and deliver backpacks.  Food and backpack donations are also needed.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteers, please contact Shelly Smith at Our Neighbors’ Place (715-426-9000).

Address:

Our Neighbors’ Place Day Center
122 West Johnson St.
River Falls, WI 54022

Check out the Web-site Kinnickinnic Backback Program

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