Reaching Out with Compassion
While a unique aspect of Silverside is that its theology encompasses and accepts a wide variety of beliefs, from traditional to “progressive” to secular, a core principle of our Church is for each of us always to strive to follow the moral/ethical example of Jesus. Being committed to reaching out in non-judgmental, compassionate ways to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters who are struggling in life is an integral part of who we are as a church community. Whether it is as individuals or small groups of us working together or through financial assistance, we give our support to a number of local and worldwide organizations. While we feel good about what we are doing now, we are always concerned about those who need help, and we would like to do more; consider coming and helping us do this. We currently support:
Claymont Community Center Food Closet--Groceries are provided to individuals and families who do not have the resources to meet their basic nutritional needs.
Code Purple--Emergency evening sanctuary, simple meals and hot beverages are provided for displaced/homeless persons in the city of Wilmington when the night-time windchill temperature falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (rotational basis with other churches)
Doctors without Borders--Medical assistance is provided to populations in distress, victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict...independent, neutral and impartial.
Emmanuel Dining Room--We cook and serve a nutritious meal once a month in a clean, cheerful dining room to anyone who is hungry in the city of Wilmington.
Epiphany House--We provide dinner once a month for women who are recently released ex-offenders and/or graduates of residential treatment programs, and who are currently receiving short-term shelter and counseling in a transitional programs.
FINCA--Micro-loans are provided to the world’s lowest income entrepreneurs--mostly women--so they can improve the quality of life for their families, create jobs and help stabilize their communities.
Friendship House--A multitude of services are provided to displaced /homeless individuals and families: from walk-in day centers offering counseling and referral services along with job search and computer skills assistance; to transitional homes emphasizing life skills and personal empowerment; to job training at its Clothing Bank of Delaware; to winter Sunday breakfast in Wilmington and Code Purple sanctuary...and more.
Meals-on-Wheels--Our volunteer drivers deliver hot, nutritious meals one week each month to homebound senior or disabled persons.
Palestinian Refugee Projects--Items are collected periodically to be sent to horrifically displaced Palestinian Refugees. In recent months, we have been involved in collecting goods to help refugees of all ages deal with rugged winter weather and to help children with everything from clothing to learning supplies.
SEED--Scholarships are provided for teachers-in-training in Zambia who then return to their villages to teach young people.
Water.org--Self-sustaining, basic systems are developed and constructed to provide safe water and sanitation for poverty-stricken people in Africa, South Asia and Central America.