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We hope by sharing personal stories it will give you a picture of the incredible impact being made in our community. More than just doing "good works", Compassion Network strives to build meaningful relationships with those we serve while continuing to make a difference in our city as a whole.
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Liaisons Welcome!

February 14, 2018

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We are still beaming about the outcome of our Compassion Network quarterly liaison training on Monday.  We always love gathering with liaisons to network and support each other on the journey of activating church volunteers into the community in meaningful ways. We talked about how we can, instead of a handout, model giving a hand up to those in need.  20 key leaders representing 13 diverse congregations shared stories, encouraged each other and committed to serve our volunteers well.
 
We feel very inspired by this group and can’t wait to see the outreaches that extend beyond the four walls as a result. If you want to join a team of vibrant volunteers who lead the way by serving our community please contact: christine@cityserve.org
 
Next Liaison meeting Monday, May 7th 6:30pm.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nate Glaze!

February 7, 2018

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For our Story of the Week we wanted to highlight another volunteer who is serving our clients in a unique and creative way.

Nate Glaze is a volunteer from Bridges Community Church who came to a realization that he wanted and needed to get outside the four walls of his church to really capture the heartbeat of the locals in the Tri-City area.  Initially, he would meet one on one to talk with homeless individuals. Often they would mention that it would be great if he could meet with a larger group of homeless individuals on a weekly basis. That is why Soup Talk Thursdays were started.

The weekly gathering began with just a few participants, but in the years that have ensued it has grown until we now consistently see twenty to thirty participants meeting weekly for a hot meal and spiritual conversation with Nate. Additionally, we have a number of food providers who have committed to provide a hot meal every week for the homeless participants.

Nate is a perfect example of a volunteer from one of our churches that saw a need and said YES to meeting that need!!!

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Volunteer Spotlight: JB!

January 31, 2018

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JB has been a volunteer at Compassion Network for many years.  His dedication to the well-being of our clients is unmatched!  JB prefers to work behind the scenes entering critical data and making sure our info base is accurate.  JB is a (former) marine who works two days a week.  When he’s here he always regales us with jokes and anecdotes!  JB likes to help people.  One of his passions is to donate blood in order to help save lives.

JB is a member of Cedars Church and a pillar of the community – praise the Lord!

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Tri-City Volunteers Serves Well!

January 24, 2018

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Tri-City Volunteers (TCV) Food Bank and Thrift Store is a non-profit organization that provides food assistance and low cost clothing and household items to the residents of Alameda County. They are the largest client-direct food bank in the area serving up to 16,000 individuals every month through their marketplace and bag lunch programs. 
 
Residents of Fremont, Newark and Union City are eligible to receive food from them. If you are without permanent shelter, you may come in once a day to receive a prepared bag lunch and on Fridays can receive a free outfit of clothing. 
 
TCV is run by only 6 staff and uses almost 40 volunteers daily. They are in need of your help by being one of those volunteers! This is a great opportunity for a group of students such as the group of Chinese students that volunteered this week. 
 
Students visiting the Bay Area from Beijing came and volunteered their time bagging produce, filling up food displays, helping clients in the Thrift Shop, organizing and cleaning. This is a great way to have Life groups work together or even families who want to involve their children. 

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Homeless Happenings in the Tri City Area

January 17, 2018

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The City of Fremont opens its doors to the homeless when it rains or when the temperature drops to near or below 40 degrees.  This is a free service wherein people can get a shower, a hot meal and stay the night in a warm and safe environment.  Compassion Network helps to provide volunteers and food donors as needed.  It is located at the Lake Elizabeth Senior Center; more information can be found here: https://fremont.gov/2864/Warming-Center.

Each day the needs of the homeless people in our community grows.  Bay Area Community Services/BACS (https://www.bayareacs.org/) is a wonderful organization that provides many services for those in need.  Such services include outreach on the streets and in hospitals, mental health services and housing assistance. Find more information here: http://everyonehome.org/.

If you know anyone who might benefit from such services please don’t hesitate to refer them.  Praise God that His generous spirit influences these organizations!

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4

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