TRINITY LUTHERAN SOCIAL MINISTRY
Living in God’s amazing abundance, we invite you to share the gifts bestowed upon you with those less fortunate.
Laramie provides ample opportunities for Social Ministry, including several volunteer possibilities, donation centers, and food banks.
Please consider donating your time, resources, and gifts to some of the following organizations, who go above and beyond their call of duty to provide much needed resources to those in our community.
Interfaith-Good Samaritan is a charitable, community-based, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that cooperates with other agencies and organizations to assist women, men and children in emergency situations. Financial assistance is limited to families and individuals in Albany County, Wyoming. Interfaith is always looking for volunteers and food donations.
For more information, visit Interfaith-Good Samaritan’s website: www.laramieinterfaith.org
LARAMIE SOUP KITCHEN
Located in the lower-level of St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Laramie Soup Kitchen is a soup kitchen and small food pantry in Laramie, Wyoming. They provide hot lunches Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and their doors are open from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Though they are closed Saturdays and Sundays, they provide sack lunches on Friday for the weekend.
Food is free to all, no requirements needed or questions asked. Families Welcome.
On average they serve between 50 to 70 people for lunch. They believe hunger hits more than the stomach and they are committed to creating a community that feeds the stomach as well as the soul.
Trinity Lutheran Church has blue donation bins setup for Laramie Soup Kitchen in the South Lobby of the Sanctuary. The bins contain a list of all donations accepted by the Laramie Soup Kitchen.
For more information, visit Laramie Soup Kitchen’s website: www.laramiesoupkitchen.org
FAMILY PROMISE OF ALBANY COUNTY
A brand new organization getting started in Albany County of Wyoming is Family Promise. Family Promise’s mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
There are several opportunities to volunteer one’s time and resources with this established national organization that is new to Albany County.
Trinity Lutheran Church is a proud host church of Family Promise!
For more information, visit Family Promise’s website: http://www.familypromiseofalbanycounty.org/
TRINITY HOMELESS DAY CENTER
Trinity Lutheran Church Council is beginning the process of looking into establishing a Homeless Day Center in the church. The idea of a Day Center was shared at our annual meeting, January 2020. Before Covid-19 took over, a group of 15 Trinity members met to discuss this possible ministry in our own community. This Day Center would not only include a safe space to stay but would also include services such as showers, laundry, internet and computer access, and assistance with job/housing searches. During the COVID crisis, several homeless people have used the church as a shelter to get out of the elements during the day.
Several groups have been established to look into the logistics of setting such a ministry up including an operational group, a finance group and logistics group. We have also done benchmarking with other churches who are involved in such a ministry. We will reach out to UW to see if we can get interns in social work or physiology that could help day center clients. Trinity would work closely and in tandem with the director and social workers at Laramie Interfaith. In terms of finance, we would work with Interfaith to seek grants that would help us finance a Trinity Day Center.
As winter approaches this ministry takes on greater importance. Not only will our homeless need food, but they will also need shelter from the reality of nature. We have seen an uptick of young families using our Campus Cabinet to meet their food insecurities. Trinity continues to share God’s love in our worship, but also with our hands. The Day Center is another wonderful possibility for our faith community to share the compassion of Christ which is proclaimed through our lives. More information will be forthcoming over time.
THRIVENT FINANCIAL & ACTION TEAMS
THE THRIVENT WAY
Our mission statement guides us in all we do.
We are a membership organization of Christians, and our members are our owners.
Our purpose is to serve our members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.
We believe that all we have is a gift from God and that generosity is an expression of faith.
We succeed when our members, their families and their communities thrive.
We value our relationships, so we will: Be trustworthy in character and competence, and Act like owners and treat each other as owners, and Live balanced and generous lives.
Trinity Lutheran Church participates with Thrivent on several community endeavors throughout the year.
For more information, visit Thrivent’s website: https://www.thrivent.com/
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
Lutheran World Relief is a non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering.
Recent contributions from Trinity Lutheran were sent to Lutheran World Relief’s partner, Hope for Angola, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The shipment of School Kits donated by Trinity Lutheran will help children who have survived domestic abuse and who are particularly vulnerable in addition to being trapped in chronic poverty.
For more information, visit Lutheran World Relief’s website: http://lwr.org/