West Ohio Conference Advance Specials are select ministries that effectively serve the marginalized in our region, yet do not qualify as Board of Global Ministries Advance Specials and are not supported financially by the conference or denomination. By being designated a West Ohio Conference Advance Special, these ministries are able to request support from West Ohio congregations. Selection of these Conference Advance Specials and their respective ministries and programming was informed in part by their individual missions, visions, and core values. Simultaneously, each is called to be in ministry WITH the poor and marginalized within their respective services areas.
The Conference Advance Specials are as follows:
Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio: www.charitablepharmacy.org
The mission of the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio is to provide appropriate and patient-centered pharmacy services for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in Franklin County. Services are provided at no charge. Pharmacy staff and volunteers work to provide pharmacy services, and referrals to other health and social services, to the more than 1,750 patients that come to the Charitable Pharmacy each year by modeling Christ’s unconditional regard for all people and meeting their need for medicines and medication information. Contact Melanie Boyd at 614-227-0301 for more information. WOCAS #WOC004 Read more...
Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone: www.hilltopshalomzone.org
The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone (The Zone) is an energetic movement for justice, peacemaking and renewal of Columbus’ Hilltop Community. Grown out of the Communities of Shalom instituted by the 1992 General Conference, The Zone is committed to finding shalom within the community by focusing on its assets and needs. Through sustained partnerships they are impacting the community through our Mediation & Peacemaking Center, Freedom Schools, a year-round teen drop-in center, a brief legal advice clinic, produce giveaways and many others. The Zone is working toward systemic change, positive youth development, community well-being, and spiritual renewal so that God’s shalom can be experienced among all living in the neighborhood. WOCAS #WOC002
Gleaning Alert Mission: www.maumeewatershed.org
Of Ohio’s 11 million residents, the percentage of those with incomes at or below the federal poverty level has continued to climb dramatically in recent years. Ohioans are suffering from lack of jobs, housing, and health insurance. A growing number of people in our state are not only poorer but increasingly hungry. Admittedly hunger in the U.S. is not as widespread, severe, or dramatic as in other parts of the world, yet hunger is real to those experiencing it, wherever they live. The real question is, “Do we clearly see them and understand their depth of need?” WOCAS#WOC008
Horizon Prison Initiative: www.horizonprisoninitiative.org
Horizon Prison Initiative’s mission is to transform prisoners who transform prisons and communities. They provide a yearlong program for incarcerated men with the primary goal of helping them realize a life driven by criminal thoughts and behaviors—both inside and outside of prison walls—is no longer an option. Horizon specifically addresses the criminal mindset of the incarcerated that leads to cyclical incarceration and the impact it has on prisons and communities. WOCAS #WOC001 Read more...
Kindway's programs and services are designed to assist its members on their journey from incarceraton to independence. Their mission is to invest in the lives of those impacted by incarceration, uniting people, restoring hope and honoring Christ. EMBARK is an innovative offender reentry program that works with men and women retruning to Central Ohio. EQUIP provides Celebrate Recovery and Getting it Right programming for incarcerated men and women at Marion Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Complex and the Ohio Reformatory for Women. Storybooks for Kids provides incarcerated men the opportunity to read and record books for their children and grandchildren. Fresh Starts provides a "going home" outfit for women being released from the Ohio Reformatory for Women. WOCAS#WOC007
Monroe Street Neighborhood Center: www.monroesnc.org
The Monroe Street Neighborhood Center provides necessary food, clothing and transportation to community members, as well as a service coordinator to aid people in finding jobs and managing their finances. A computer lab and professional clothing for interviews aid in the job search process. Senior fitness programs help older community members improve their health. The Center also provides many services geared toward strengthening families and offering children a safe environment outside of the home. WOCCAS#WOC009
Stepping Stones Ranch: www.steppingstonesranch.org
Stepping Stones Ranch supports the opportunity for life change offering equine assisted learning, individualized academic programs and life skills to help students develop their potential for a brighter future. They are a residential youth ranch offering students and their family experiential opportunities to learn, grow and work together toward healing their relationships. They are focused on breaking the cycles of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors by replacing them with positive, healthy life skills. They also provide Equine Assisted Learning for non-residential youth, families and groups. WOCCAS#WOC010
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Dayton: www.stpauldayton.org
At St. Paul each year, with the help of over 30 partner churches, they provide about 20,000 nutritious meals, groceries to over 11,000 individuals, 9,000 pieces of good used clothing and household goods, English as a second language classes, free tax preparation to over 450 individuals, Christ-centered after-school program/meal four days per week to 45 children, summer camp experiences at Camp Wesley for children, back-to-school supplies, plus many other ministries and worship opportunities that improve the quality of life of the homeless and impoverished is their community. WOCAS #WOC003 Read more...
United Methodist Church and Community Development for All People: www.4allpeople.org
In 1999, the United Methodist Free Store opened on the urban South side of Columbus. Its atmosphere of unconditional love and hospitality fostered the dream of a church “for all people” that would be intentionally cross-class, multi-racial and diverse, with a new model of service and worship that was “with” the poor, not just “for” the poor. Community Development for All People was founded the same year. From housing to health to music, its programs provide a model and inspiration for urban ministry and community development across the world, working to improve the quality of life for residents of the South side. Contact Katelin Hansen for more information or at 614-445-7342, ext. 24. WOCAS #WOC005 Read more...
Wesley Chapel Mission Center: www.wcmconline.org
Wesley Chapel Mission Center, located in Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine community, is an extension ministry of the United Methodist Church, created from the assets, resources, efforts, dreams and love of the members of the former Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. We serve the Over-The-Rhine community through spiritual nourishment and love, educational programs, and social/moral development to empower children and families to make sound and moral decisions, to grow spiritually and to progress educationally. Wesley Chapel Mission Center is a guiding light and a trusted, loving, safe haven that empowers families in Over-The-Rhine, through their children, to demostrate Christ-like decisions and behaviors that will transform the community. WOCAS #WOC006
Wesley Foundation in Cincinnati www.wesleyuc.org
Started in 1925 as a gathering of interested college students, the Wesley Foundaiton has existed for over 90 years as the United Methodist presence on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. The Wesley Foundation is the official campus ministry of the UMC to UC. The Wesley Foundation's goal is to build community and create pathways for leadership development and discipleship with college students. WOCCAS#WOC012
Westside Free Store: www.WestSideFreeStore.org
The Westside Free Store Ministries (WSFM) is an ecumencial, faith-based, 501 (c)(3) charitable organization designed to share resources, build relationships and create community on Columbus' west side. Through the volunteer efforts and generosity of many people, churches and organizations, the WSFM serves thousands of people in need each year. The WSFM does in a variety of ways: Westside Free Store, Sarah's Kitchen, Prayer Fellowship, Community involvement. WOCCAS#WOC011
To support any of these Conference Advance Specials, give online here. Or, you may send a check to Conference Advance Specials, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085. To assure your church receives Advance Credit for any gifts to these Conference Advance Specials, please be sure to include the West Ohio Conference Advance Special number included with the description.