According to a 2011 Food Research and Action Center study on Food Hardship in America, the Greensboro/High Point metro area ranked as the #17 most food insecure metro area in the country with 28.4% of households with children being food insecure! Persons who are food insecure do not know where their next meal will be. Because of this huge need in our local community Wesley Memorial is involved with a variety of hunger related programs in High Point.
These programs include:
- Open Door Ministries' Father's Table program
- Ward Street Mission's Thursday night dinners
- Mobile Meals of High Point
- Backpack Feeding Ministries
- CROP Hunger Walk
CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY
Wesley Memorial has a huge heart for children living in poverty. Over the years we have worked with the Macedonia Family Resource Center, West End Ministries, The Latino Family Center, Ward Street Mission, and Communities in Schools to serve children in our own community through camps, tutoring, special events and other youth programming. We have strong relationships with Fairview Elementary School, Ferndale Middle School and High Point Central High School.
ADULTS LIVING IN POVERTY
Wesley Memorial members work with many agencies in High Point that serve adults living in poverty. We work with Open Door Ministries, The Community Clinic, Mobile Meals of High Point, The Macedonia Family Resource Center, The Latino Family Center, Ward Street Mission, and Naaman's Recovery Village. Our members serve on agency boards or directors as well as in programs at many of these agencies.
HOUSING AND CONSTRUCTION
For many years Wesley Memorial has been involved in providing housing to persons in our community who would otherwise be unable to afford it. We have also been involved with Habitat for Humanity.
Wesley Memorial has a good deal of members who are health care professionals. These members volunteer their time and services at the Community Clinic of High Point on a regular basis. We also support the Community Clinic financially through our annual budget and annual Gifts That Transform Our World alternative Christmas gift program.
Many Wesley Memorial members are committed board members and volunteers at the High Point Jail Ministry which serves inmates in the High Point City Jail. These men and women volunteer to teach Bible studies, organize an annual Christmas party for families of inmates and “adopt" children of inmates for whom they will purchase Christmas gifts.
Collections are a great way to begin your involvement with missions. Throughout the year Wesley Memorial hosts many church-wide collections whereby the entire congregation works to collect one item or set of items for a specific agency or group of people.
Our annual collections are:
- June-August: School Supply Collections for Fairview and Oak Hill Elementary Schools
- November: Nonperishable food items for local food pantries
- December: Gift Bags for homeless children to be distributed at Community Homeless Memorial Dinner
- December: “White Christmas" gifts for clients at Open Door Ministries
- March/April: Lenten Book Drive for Fairview Elementary