COVID-19 RESPONSE

Staying Connected

Your participation sustains the work of the living church alongside several partners and friends in the city. In partnership with you (as one community), W242 has distributed covid relief supplies alongside Ashley Park PreK-8, Changed Choices, QC Family Tree, Mountain Island Lake Academy, and individual families – including over 8,000 bottles of juice, as well as cleaning supplies, household items, family food boxes, and snacks for children to sustain life between CMS meals. And in the process, God is changing us..

ASHLEY PARK

Ashley Park PreK-8 remains our primary focus as a long-term partner not far from W242’s building. We’re grateful to share that W242 is dreaming alongside the school counselors to re-focus for 2020-2021, especially in response to the ways the school is attempting to stand as a support with families during this unique time. Please pray for each teacher and staff person, as well as for the students and families. Pray for God’s surrounding love and care, for strength and protection, for provision and good news to permeate our relationships. Pray for wholeness and healing from the trauma people are feeling in the wake of our nation’s cry for racial justice

If you feel compelled to contribute to the Donation Station once more or even monthly, we invite you to keep tabs on our updated Amazon Wish List. W242 is also open to receive donations on Thursday afternoons between 3:00-5:00 pm, or on Friday mornings between 9:00-11:00 am. Please also feel free to leave items on the dock near the blue dumpster. We check the dock daily. For questions, please feel free to reach out to Jess Fischli.

Thanks to those of you who have already dropped off or ordered donations through the Amazon wish list, all of which is assisting students and their families at Ashley Park school. To help point you and others in a helpful direction, we have compiled a list of Community Resources and organizations who are offering free or reduced cost for essential services.

Note: W242 remains focused alongside Ashley Park PreK-8, while remaining attentive to wherever supplies are needed most across the city. W242 is making other deliveries where possible to continue to assist neighbors in quiet ways, and your donations continue to make a difference in the lives of local children and families.

BENEVOLENCE REQUESTS

We affirm that all of God’s children, regardless of their current circumstance, have been equipped with gifts and personal assets by which they can contribute value and beauty to their communities. We all have received from God, and we all have something unique and important to offer God’s world and God’s people.

Our team is available to assist with general budgeting questions, pastoral care, and referrals to other resources across the city of Charlotte, NC. Once you complete our benevolence request form, someone will be back in touch with you within five days or less. Those who submit the necessary forms will be treated with confidentiality, sensitivity and dignity by the Benevolence Team and Pastors.

Who can request benevolence?
[W242 participating members (PMs), attendees, family of PMs, neighbors]

What kind of help can I receive?
People have all kinds of needs, and W242’s Benevolence Fund is set aside to assist those with the following:
Food
Transportation
Housing + Utilities (disaster + emergency relief)
Counselling
Other

What is the process after I complete a request?
Someone from the W242 Benevolence Team will contact you to discuss your request within 5 business days or less of receiving your form. Benevolence is not a loan or given in exchange for services. Cash payments are not given to applicants, so you may be asked for documentation that will help us make direct payments to others on your behalf [utility company, landlord, etc.]. For questions, please write to [email protected]

COMMUNITY-WIDE RESOURCES

As coronavirus cases escalate and needs increase, questions are surfacing related to essentials like food, job training, housing, health care, therapy, and more. To help point you and others in a helpful direction, we have compiled a list of Community Resources and organizations who are offering free or reduced cost for essential services.

COMMUNITY-LED RESOURCE MAP – details here.

SCREENING CENTER LOCATIONS – Dedicated coronavirus screening services are now located outside several of Novant Health medical centers, including a drive-up option at certain screening locations. These sites are designed to be convenient for individuals who have symptoms and want prompt screening. The centers will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Novant Health Screening Center − Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, 3149 Freedom Drive Charlotte, NC 28208
  • Novant Health Screening Center − Highland Oaks, 600 Highland Oaks Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
  • Novant Health Screening Center − Matthews, 3330 Siskey Parkway, Matthews, NC 28105
  • Novant Health Screening Center − Kernersville, 111 Gateway Center Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284
  • Novant Health Screening Center − Huntersville, 16525 Holly Crest Lane, Suite 120, Huntersville, NC 28078

People who have no symptoms will not be screened at these locations. Visiting a screening center when you have no symptoms could increase your risk of exposure and put a strain on resources for those who need them most.

For information on screening centers or coronavirus, please call 877-9NOVANT.

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL NOW AVAILABLE – Novant Health has launched a self-guided assessment tool to help patients determine if they should seek care. The self-guided assessment tool can be found here.

GUIDE TO HALLOWEEN, TRICK-OR-TREATING & COVID 19 – Click here for tips.

SWANNANOA CORRECTIONAL CENTER

The Warehouse community has been invited to write notes of support and encouragement to women at the Swannanoa Correctional Center. During lockdown, these women are not allowed interaction with any visitors, volunteers, or groups, and the chaplain has invited our church to fill the walls of their prison chapel with our notes. Art and messages from all ages, including children, would be wonderful, and the more colorful the better! One idea is to write out phrases from 1 Thessalonians or Mark that are standing out to you as we study these passages together, but any creative expression of love is welcome. Please scan your notes and email them to Steph Vander Lugt, who is coordinating this effort on behalf of our church and Changed Choices, one of our core justice partners.