Esperanza Reaches Out to the Community

This week Esperanza cooks delivered a chili lunch to stressed Veterans Administration healthcare workers and donated 100 fabric hearts to be delivered to nurses, including 70 made by Jane Gisselquist! Would you like to help?

Meals for the VA
Chris Armfield has organized cooks to prepare homemade lunches for the medical staff at the Veterans Hospital in Phoenix, where caseloads are high and support services are skimpy. If you would like to help, drop Chris a line at [email protected]

Supporting Nurses: An Ongoing Need
Patients arriving in our hospitals with Covid are younger and sicker, and the nurses who care for them are discouraged. One way we can reach out to them is through the Arizona Nurses Association RNconnect 2 Well-being program. Esperanza has been participating in this program for months, coordinated by Linda Dickson. It’s a fun project that addresses a point of pain in our healthcare community. Contact Linda Dickson.

Newborn Needs

For many years our community has supported a newborn support group. The name has changed a few times, but the goal remains the same: helping newborns who need clothing, diapers etc. The Ahwatukee chapter has been meeting at Esperanza for just over 10 years.Kits which contain a hat and booties, a blanket, a nightgown or onesie, a washcloth and diapers are donated to Valleywise Hospital. Banner Health has requested receiving blankets. If you have any questions, please email Doris Dorwart and mention NEWBORNS in the subject line.

Scholl’s Helping Hands

Scholl’s Helping Hands collects small items such as socks, snacks, water bottles and personal care items needed by people living in rough conditions. Please help. Bring your donation to the Fellowship Hall. Contact Linda Dickson.

Kyrene Family Resource Center
Many families in the neighborhoods around us struggle to provide food and other essentials for their children. The Kyrene Family Resource Center helps fill that need through donations. You can help by donating non-perishables–especially good sources of protein, including but not limited to peanut butter (and jelly), beans, tuna, whole wheat pasta, flour, etc. Look for the collection box in the Fellowship Hall.  For more information contact Larry Hanson.

Shawl Ministry

Do you knit? For years Esperanza has been making prayer shawls for the sick, the elderly and the sad or lonely among us. Id this appeals to you, contact Linda Dickson.