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Around Cy-Fair, October 2017

| October 1, 2017

More than 200 people from Kinsmen Lutheran Church in northwest Houston got to work helping their community on Sunday, Sept. 3, as part of God’s Work. Our Hands.

More than 200 people from Kinsmen Lutheran Church in northwest Houston got to work helping their community on Sunday, Sept. 3, as part of God’s Work. Our Hands.

KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH PUTS LOVE FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS INTO ACTION

More than 200 volunteers from Kinsmen Lutheran Church put their hands to work over Labor Day weekend, giving time and energy to help neighbors hit hard by Hurricane Harvey as well as helping with community projects scheduled long before the storm.

Now in its fifth year, God’s Work. Our Hands. is a day of service when members of Kinsmen Lutheran Church put their faith into action. Already on the calendar for months, this year’s event fell just a week after Harvey devastated Houston. It didn’t take long for the church to find neighbors in their northwest community who needed help.

Some homes around the church took on more than four feet of water during the storm, including the home of Kinsmen’s pastor, Rev. Beth Warpmaeker and her family. Volunteers from Kinsmen partnered with project leaders in the Lakewood Cove, Enchanted Oaks and Forest Oaks neighborhoods. They removed flooded walls, flooring and belongings from two Kinsmen members’ homes, and moved another member’s belongings into storage.

Along with recovery efforts, other members of Kinsmen completed projects to benefit a variety of organizations. Projects included helping staff at Goodman Elementary in Aldine ISD reset the school, where every library book had been removed from shelves and teachers had prepared their rooms for potential flooding; leading worship at Wood Glen Court, an assisted living facility whose residents were evacuated during the storm; assisting Celebration Church in Cypress with landscaping and painting in preparation for their 10th anniversary; and more.

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(L-R): Volunteers Jennifer Schultz, Elizabeth Jones and Amy Terry.

(L-R): Volunteers Jennifer Schultz, Elizabeth Jones and Amy Terry.

NAM AND CYPRESS-WOODLANDS JUNIOR FORUM SERVE BRUNCH FOR SENIORS

Northwest Assistance Ministries was the place for fun in the sun recently as Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum served up a wonderful brunch for 57 seniors. Everyone enjoyed Jim Connor playing tunes like Take Me Out to The Ballgame. Jim, who played the organ at the Astrodome for the Astros until their final game on October 9, 1999, is now a popular entertainer at many of CWJF’s events. NAM 50 Plus is a program that meets six times throughout the year where CWJF serves seniors brunch and provides an entertainment program along with fellowship and an opportunity for socializing.

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum is an organization of women dedicated to providing volunteer services, leadership and philanthropy to enrich the communities in North Harris and South Montgomery Counties. CWJF partners with agencies, schools and corporations to fulfill identified needs in education, interaction with an aging population and support for people with disabilities. CWJF is a nonprofit assistance organization and a recognized chapter of Junior Forum, Inc. Call 281-379-1391 or visit cwjuniorforum.org for more information on joining CWJF or to make a donation.

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Cypress Springs High School Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry (blue top) poses with Sheba Halliburton (left), Kisha Logan, Venita Stratford, Erica Stone-Roy and Stacey Ross of DMV Cares.

Cypress Springs High School Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry (blue top) poses with Sheba Halliburton (left), Kisha Logan, Venita Stratford, Erica Stone-Roy and Stacey Ross of DMV Cares.

DMV CARES DRIVES TWO DAYS TO DELIVER SUPPLIES TO CYPRESS SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL

It started as a simple post on Facebook. It ended – at least its first chapter – with boxes upon boxes of supplies and donations filling up a hallway inside Cypress Springs High School for Panther students and their families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Stacey Ross didn’t want to just donate money to an organization or ship supplies across the country. She wanted to see those donations reach those who needed them the most.

So DMV Cares was born, getting its name from Washington “D.C., Maryland and Virginia” area, where Ross and four other long-time friends live and came together to turn this idea into action. And a two-day trip to the Houston soon followed, making its first stop in CFISD after Ross and Cypress Springs Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry were connected on social media. A friend of Dr. Henry’s from her time in California connected the two on Facebook. Once on board with the idea, Henry and her staff did a need assessment of the students, allowing them and their families to input exactly what they needed. The bulk of the needs were cleaning supplies and toiletries. Food was also a need, so gift cards were added to the list.

DMV Cares organized four drop-off locations to fill a moving truck, though a snag in the originally planning (no truck) nearly caused the group to push back its delivery. Dr. Henry said she would be perfectly fine if the supplies came at a later date, but that wasn’t good enough for Ross.

Two ladies made the two-day drive, while the other three flew. They arrived Sept. 13, reaching Cypress Springs in the afternoon where members of the football team were on hand to unload supplies while the girls soccer team arranged and organized donations in a hallway just outside the main gym. Doors officially opened at 3 p.m. and one by one, students, parents and families made their way down the long hallway, going table to table and filling large trash bags with anything they wanted and needed.

Ross and her crew were able to provide some of that help. Strangers just a few days ago, the drive ended with hugs all the way around between DMV Cares and the Cypress Springs staff effort.”


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