Greater Washington District Challenge
At his installation service on October 23, 2016, Rev. Dr. Gerry Green encouraged the Greater Washington District of the United Methodist Church to work together to create, fund and support the residents in as many units of affordable housing as possible through The Rev. Adrienne Terry Fund for Affordable Housing. The spontaneous offering that day symbolized the commitment to seeding this effort: $2,216.71 was collected!
Rev. Green issued two simple goals:
- 100% of Greater Washington District churches and faith communities participating in an automatic deduction (either credit card or automatic withdrawal).
- An average of 12 people per faith community giving $43 per month automatically for 3 years.
Why $43 per month? 70 congregations and faith communities that make up the Greater Washington District reside in 43 zip codes. Since we are all about claiming our zip codes for Christ, it seemed a fitting number! If an average of 12 people per faith community were to donate $43 per month (less than a cup of coffee a day) to The Rev. Adrienne Terry Fund for Affordable Housing that would provide cash flow of about $36,000 per month ($432,000 annually) and the opportunity to be in relationship with and bless many of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Leaders of these faith communities are praying about what their monthly monetary goal and/or number of housing units will be over the next few years. Once you have your goal, please communicate that to the district office (ogross (at) bwcumc.org) and begin paying it by the end of 2016 online or via automatic withdrawal. Click here to see progress and make your donation.
If DC was a state, it would be the sixth poorest state in the country. We welcome participation from anyone who feels called to end homelessness and increase affordable housing in our nation’s capitol and beyond.
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