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Ministry and Social Work in NYC

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Calli Thurlow is organizing this fundraiser.

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350,000 meals. 2,000 New Yorkers. 1 million pounds of food. God has been faithful to provide us the opportunity to serve this many families since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in New York City in March. 

My name is Calli Thurlow and I have been given the privilege to serve on the team at Dream Center NYC. What started as a temporary internship at the start of the year has now turned into taking on a full-time position of Social Worker and City Missions Admin. I moved to the city mid-January to fulfill the required field hours toward my social work degree at Liberty University. When COVID-19 hit our beloved city with unprecedented ferocity, the first death being only 5 minutes away from us in Brooklyn, the Lord put it on the hearts of our team to seek to help in any capacity we were able to. God allowing, Dream Center NYC was one of the first to immediately provide relief to the people of our city to meet immediate needs such as food insecurity, grocery shopping for the elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised, and setting up mobile pantries in all five boroughs. With CDC guidelines changing literally every day, we started with only our personal cars and bags of donated can goods and food items. Now our partnership organizations, churches, and volunteers, we are now able to serve thousands of families every week.

Before COVID, I worked alongside and under our City Missions Director and Corporate Relations Director assisting with weekly events that seek to give our neighbors the opportunity to come together and build authentic, healthy community, and ultimately show them the love of Christ, who desires a relationship with each individual. These events, such as our Community Dinners and Community Markets allow for a dignified setting in which anyone can come, sit down and enjoy a hot meal, and receive pantry goods, clothing, and hygiene items as they need. The Dream Center also offer a Visits program that connects volunteers to clients throughout the city and facilitates weekly visits to their homes, such as elderly or disabled individuals referred to us by their social worker or family members. I have been able to assist in numerous church and ministry opportunities for the church, as well.

In the midst of global chaos, God still allowed me to finish my degree from Liberty University, one year early, and on the Dean's List during my last semester of college. He also afforded me the opportunity to transition from being an intern to accepting a full-time position at the Dream Center. God gives big dreams to His children and is faithful to provide every step of the way - both in the big things and in the smallest of details. This position is unpaid and is treated to that of a missionary who is mainly self-funded through donors and sponsors, however, my housing and transportation would be provided and paid for respectively. 

I am seeking friends, families, and anyone interested in coming alongside to support me financially every month and partner with me in continuing to reach New Yorkers every day. This would cover my day to day living expenses as well as any bills that come up (choose "Monthly Subscription" option for monthly support). I believe God is faithful and am extremely grateful in advance for any donations that will allow me to continue in this ministry.

Thank you so much,
Calli Thurlow, BSW

"For His steadfast love endures forever" --Psalm 136


Anonymous

2020-07-14 22:18:55

I love you and know that God has great things in store for you. ?

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2020-07-15 23:47:55

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