Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Cascades
Plan Ahead for the Spring Gathering
The Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Cascades will host a
April 23, 2016
at the Dallas Presbyterian Church
Watch this space for more details.
2016 Birthday Offering
Begun in 1922, the Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women celebrates our history of mission giving.
Giving to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the world. PW's Creative Ministries
Offering Committee met in August 2015 to choose the following recipients for the 2016 Birthday Offering.
1. Heartland 180, Overland Park, Kansas: this new program in the Kansas City, Kansas area serves
boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who have been a part of the criminal justice system.
Heartland 180 conducts intensive training sessions on character building, core values and life skills
for these at-risk youth. Funds from the Birthday Offering will allow Heartland 180 to purchase a
dedicated space and computers that will enable the program to maintain confidential information
about participants and donors. These investments will help Heartland 180 continue their important
work and increase the number of youth served.
2. Direct Action and Research Training (DART) Center, Miami, Florida: DART trains individuals to build
powerful local justice ministries. With funds from the Birthday Offering, DART will train clergy and
lay leaders in more than 20 communities on how to stop the flow of children into the school-to-prison
pipeline. High illiteracy rates and zero-tolerance discipline policies within school districts have led to
high numbers of youth being suspended or expelled. DART's training will help communities advocate
for restorative behavioral practices for these facilitating their development and education rather than
pushing them into the juvenile or criminal justice systems.
3. Habitat for Humanity, East Bay/Silicon Valley, Oakland, California: Housing costs in the East Bay
and Silicon Valley areas of California are among the highest in the country. Manufactured or mobile
homes are often the only affordable option for individuals and families with low-incomes, many of
whom are elderly or disabled. Nearly two-thirds of the manufactured homes in East Bay and Silicon
Valley were built before 1980 and need significant repairs. Your gift to the Birthday Offering will
allow Habitat for Humanity to partner with more than 100 individuals and families to repair their
manufactured homes, ensuring safety and stability for these households.
4. Building Minds in South Sudan, Pittsford, New York: Building Minds in South Sudan increases
access to education for girls in the Republic of South Sudan. The literacy rate in this country is
among the lowest in the world, and the rate for females is significantly lower than for males. Your
gift to the Birthday Offering will fund the construction of a girls' primary school, for levels one
through eight, in Majok-Keen, a village in Warrap State, South Sudan. With six classrooms, a
large multi-purpose building and two blocks of latrines, the school will serve approximately 600
girls. Investing in girls' education produces benefits for the girls, their community, their future
families and their country.
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