Evelyn T. Clifton Early Childhood Center
On January 30, 2013, Woodhaven and Clifton formed a Partnership in Education to improve the quality of life and learning for the students in Irving ISD—a meaningful way to make a significant contribution to Irving ISD youth! Spending time with a student who needs a caring adult and positive role model in their life is just as important as funds for programs. Before her death in 2010, Mrs. Clifton was a member and Ruling Elder of our church. Woodhaven sponsors school supply drives, faculty/staff recognitions, sponsors families for Christmas, and so much more. One of the newest programs Woodhaven participates in at Clifton is as Half Hour Heroes.
Half Hour Heroes / Reading Buddies
A reading buddy meets with a student 1/2 to an hour a week to help a child improve his/her reading ability. Elementary school aged children are one of the most strategic groups to reach. It’s at the youngest ages that students need to learn skills and be encouraged so that they can discover success as they move into middle and high school. If students don’t learn to read by third grade, then they may never catch up or move forward. Being a Reading Buddy can change the course of a child’s educational experience and therefore his/her life.
Don't Oppress God's People
Beginning in 2013, we initiated a committee “Don’t Oppress God’s People” for advocacy and fundraising for persecuted Christians around the world. We prepare newsletters and special reports every month, to inform, raise awareness, and stimulate prayer and support for those who suffer for their faith. We also include prayer for those of different faiths who suffer oppression. We plan an annual fundraiser to support refugees and victims of persecution. Our effort includes communication with the Synod of Syria and Lebanon. There is also the opportunity to write to Christians imprisoned for their faith.
Visit our new forum on Grace Presbytery’s website: “Supporting Persecuted Christians”
For more information: Email: Stephen Schlarb
Family Promise of Irving
Woodhaven became a host church for FPI in 2010 and hosted our first families in 2011. As a host church, Woodhaven provides overnight lodging and meals for three to five families (up to 14 persons) for one week each every two or three months on a rotating basis. The guests stay 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily in our Education Building in unique special living and sleeping areas specifically created for their particular needs.
Each morning our guests are taken to the day center where they meet with the Family Promise director, care for pre-school children, make phone calls, and seek housing and employment. Volunteers from Woodhaven and our Buddy Church, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, provide hot meals, arrange activities for the children, stay overnight as hosts.
Founded by a group of concerned citizens in 1957, Irving Cares is committed to providing essential services to Irving, Texas residents in need. It strives to meet those needs with caring volunteers and staff that guide our clients through their crises.
Services include financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, or prescriptions; a food pantry; an employment services program; transportation to medical appointments and information and referral. The programs are about more than paying the bills; they’re about impacting lives with a hand up, not a handout.
Woodhaven collects monetary contributions for Irving Cares monthly from the “Bucket” Sunday’s offering during worship and on Christmas Eve. A collection box is located in our Narthex and throughout the year donations of food are taken each month.
Irving Family Advocacy Center
Patty Schmidt School Supply Drive
Each year Woodhaven conducts a school supply drive in memory of Patty Schmidt, an educator, Woodhaven leader, and education advocate. Over the years the Clifton Early Childhood Center, Irving Family Advocacy Center, and Family Promise have received school supplies from this drive.
For more than five years (?) Woodhaven has served approximately 600-700 hot lunches once a month at The Stewpot. We serve on the 4th Wednesdays of the month. They meet at the church at 10:30 to ride as a group and return usually no later than 1:30pm. Established by First Presbyterian Church of Dallas in 1975, The Stewpot began serving food when church members realized no other resources were available for the homeless and hungry. By 1991, Stewpot programs included a wide range of social services. In May, 2008 The Stewpot became the partner agency for meal services at The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center, just three blocks south of The Stewpot. A collection box is also located in our Narthex & Hancock Hall and throughout the year donations of coats, clothes, and toiletries are delivered to The Stewpot.
Stockings for Soldiers
Starting in 2010, Woodhaven has sponsored this outreach ministry for our troops by collecting money for special Christmas stockings filled with personal items that were mailed directly to troops who normally do not receive mail from home. Funds for more than 150 stockings have been collected for this ministry.
Trunk or Treat
On Halloween church and community members decorate their vehicle trunks and handout candy/treats to our neighborhood children. So far, we have handed out more than 500 pieces of candy. This year we added games and entertainment to the candy/treats and popcorn.