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Gratitude!

On a daily basis, our neighbors in need are weighed down by the heavy burdens of economic segregation, geographic inequality, and lack of adequate resources. As Christians, we believe that we are one people, one human family, and that we must live our faith in contact with those in need. We know that we must hear the cry of the poor, stretch out our hands, and embrace the marginalized whom the Lord loves. When we embrace the poor, we embrace the spirit of the Gospel.

 So we are compelled to act, we are compelled to lift up our neighbors in need.

With this mission in our hearts, the governing board of the Bishop Griffin Resource Center, Father David Schalk of Christ the King Catholic Church, and all of the pastors of the Eastside Deanery are embarking on an ambitious campaign to build a new Bishop Griffin Resource Center.

 With the construction of a new 15,000 square foot facility, we will not only meet the basic needs of the people we serve, but we will also endeavor to elevate them out of poverty. We currently supply food, clothing, and household goods, but with the new building, we will also be installing the wraparound supportive services that determine whether a family barely survives or whether a family prospers.

All Christians are on a pilgrimage, a journey. But the journey of the elderly, the journey of the sick, and the journey of the poor receive particular love and care from our Blessed Mother and her son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 As Catholics, we know that this means that our futures and destinies are inextricably bound to our poor and marginalized brothers and sisters. We know that when we lift up our neighbor, we are lifting up our own hearts, because we will be truly fulfilling God’s commandment that we love one another as He has loved us.

 So please, from all of us at the Bishop Griffin Resource Center, we humbly request that you join our capital campaign, and help us lift up our neighbor to full restoration and participation in our community, and then, together, we will build the kingdom of God.

 

Learn about Bishop Griffin Resource Center and the Lift Up Your Neighbor Capital Campaign; 26 min audio

The Plans

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Our brand new state-of-the-art facility will:

  • Double the number of clients we currently serve.

  • Increase space for food storage.

  • Increase space for clothing storage.

  • Offer classes in food preparation and nutrition in a teaching kitchen.

  • Provide ESL and GED classes, other educational offerings, and job placement assistance.

  • Host health screenings and counseling services.

Questions?

Questions about our capital campaign can be directed to:

Desmond Webster | 614-332-8566 desmond.b.webster@gmail.com

 

 YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 Yes, you can help create the kind of community where compassion, the common good, and human dignity thrive. You can make a difference, and here’s how:

 Pledges - Pledges enable a donor to plan a personal giving program that is both convenient and tax-wise. A pledge may enable a donor to consider a more significant gift than would have otherwise been possible. Terms for payment on pledges are flexible and at the option of the donor. We are suggesting a 3–5 year pledge period and payments can be set up in the most convenient timeframe for the donor: monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.

 Matching Gifts - Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. We are happy to assist you to see if your company matches gifts.

 Endowments - Once established, an endowed fund is a dependable and perpetual source of support, since the principal is invested and only a portion of the earnings is spent annually. A minimum gift of $10,000 is needed to establish an endowment. Please indicate via email if you would like to talk with a representative to discuss.

 Planned Gifts - In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial, and tax planning perspective to consider long-term gift planning as the best way to make a gift. This can be accomplished through various gift instruments, such as charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and bequests.

 Gifts in Memoriam/Gifts in Honor of - Honoring a family member, friend, or colleague with a gift is a touching way to pay tribute to that loved one. Please let us know if we can assist in setting up your gift for the person(s) being remembered or honored.

 Securities - Securities may be made as outright gifts or as a payment on a pledge. Stock certificates may be re-assigned directly to The Bishop Griffin Resource Center or may be transferred through the donor's broker. The mean market value on the date of the transfer will determine the value of the gift for tax purposes. It is best to consult with BGRC before a transaction is made.

 “Blessed are the poor, theirs is the kingdom of God.” — Luke 6:20–23