Never underestimate the power of a committed team. Least of all, a team of women. Four days each week, 50 weeks a year, a team of women distribute 60 food parcels to the homeless. They might take a book or Bible too. Every year, this committed group distributes about 1,500 pairs of socks and handkerchiefs, as well as 700 beanies, scarves and gloves. And that’s just one part of the work of the Dorcas Committee.
They also supply women’s refuges and crisis centres with clothing and toiletries, and hospital chaplains with “Jesus Loves You” bears.
The Dorcas Committee is a committee of the Presbyterian Women’s Association, and works in partnership with Jericho Road by supporting the ministry of caring for people in need.
Each year, with the help of the Presbyterian Women’s Association, the Dorcas Committee, amongst other things:
• Supports Women’s/Children’s refuges and crisis centres with clothing and toiletries.
• Supplies food for the Jericho Road ministry to the needy
• Awards scholarships from the Dorcas Scholarship Fund for Clinical Pastoral Education.
• Provides funds to Presbyterian Chaplains to purchase materials and literature.
• Knits “Jesus Loves You” bears for the Chaplains to distribute at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
• Visits country Presbyterian Women’s Association members having treatment in Sydney Hospitals.
• Shares the Gospel message of love with homeless people of inner-city Sydney by providing food and clothing through the Park Patrol.
The Park Patrol
An opportunity to share the message of the Gospel with the least fortunate in the Community.
The Park Patrol is administered by the Dorcas Committee of the Presbyterian Women’s Association, and is an outreach to the homeless people who live in the parks and on the streets of inner-city Sydney.
The Park Patrol has been delivering food and clothing to the homeless for eighteen years at a yearly cost of approximately $16,000.
Each month 70 volunteers like those in this picture cut sandwiches and make deliveries. Hundreds more volunteers from city and country churches supply socks, handkerchiefs, beanies, scarves, gloves, and also funds.
Four days each week, 50 weeks a year, the delivery teams distribute 60 food parcels to the homeless. Bibles and books are offered, and it is estimated that 1,500 pairs of socks and handkerchiefs, as well as 700 beanies, scarves and gloves are distributed annually.