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History of Chapin We Care Center

Chapin We Care Center was established in 1986 to work with families and individuals in the Chapin community facing emergencies in their basic living needs. We serve as an outreach ministry for churches in the Chapin, Little Mountain, Prosperity, Pomaria, Peak, and White Rock communities. Through the support of generous churches, local businesses, schools, and individuals we are making a difference in people's lives.

Mission

Mission

We are a Christian organization that provides food and warmth to those in need, within the greater Chapin Community.

Vision

Vision

The Chapin We Care Center envisions a community where those facing emergencies are provided the help they need, are empowered to become self-sufficient, and are integrated into the social fabric of our community.

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Chapin We Care Center embodies Christian values. As stewards of people, we will be forgiving, respectful, loving, and compassionate. As a steward of resources, we will operate with integrity, trust, and accountability.

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...I tell you the truth, anything you did even for the least of my people here, you also did for Me.

Matthew 25:40

The Kind will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'.

Matthew 25:40

So whatever you wish that other would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:12

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  • May 19

    A Whale of a ... God

    God is so much bigger - so much kinder - than we know. His grace is so much deeper. His love so much broader.

    Often, we feel like we are floating along, adrift, longing to feel the warmth of the breeze His movement. But the gentle winds don't come and we feel stagnant in the wide open aloneness of life.

    I think we have all felt this way at one time or another, but in seasons of great struggle, it can be a daily battle to stay afloat emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Our clients know this daily ebb and flow, and I feel a consistent burden to communicate to them the truth of the consistent and mighty presence of God.

    Asking for help is incredibly difficult. Humbling. Depending on the circumstances, it can even be degrading at times. How I long for every precious one who enters the doors of We Care to know, to experience, nothing but dignity and warm affection. I am convicted that it is our job to represent Jesus in this place, and I want nothing more than to communicate His heart for those He so loves. And how He loves the poor!

    "If anyone has material possession and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?" 1 John 3:17

    The way we treat the poor matters. Hundreds of verses attest to the truth that it matters - matters deeply - to God. Many of the harshest rebukes come to those who do not see to the needs of the poor; it's even one of God's chief complaints against Sodom. Over and over, we read promises of blessing for our love and reproof for our inattention to the vulnerable.

    In addition to the act of giving, we are also bound to the act of loving. The two are often steady companions, but it is possible to give without love. It is near impossible to love without giving.

    Loving is the much more difficult task - it requires us to suspend judgment, reproof, even advice at times. God meets us right we are and loves us there, and we are compelled to do the same. He does this so very well! Coasting under us, buoying us up, propelling us along, whether we know it is Him or not. God is ever present, and we are called to mirror the same for others in need.

    We need to know that for those in need, feeling adrift is not the worst of it. Isolation is. History attests that humans can withstand almost anything but introduce isolation, and capacity severely shrinks. The beautiful in that truth is that God draws close to us and never allows us to truly be alone. But that is hard to feel, hard to experience, harder still to trust. What if we could mirror His presence and thereby mirror Him to a hurting world? Isn't that really what we're here for?

    The next time you feel like you're floating, out of touch, searching, worst of all alone, remember that you have a strong presence beneath you. He is there not to harm but to help. And perhaps the more we know this truth for ourselves, the more we will communicate it those around us in need. May it be, Lord, may it ever be.

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  • May 05

    Hanging In: We Care Director's Notes

    It's tough to "hang in there." Life is hard, and to keep holding on when the fierce winds blow can be quite trying.

    Our clients know this all too well. Often, dominoes of potential struggle arrange themselves around them in a circle, one precariously close to the next. When one falls, they all do. Case in point: we had a precious client this week for whom the dominoes have fallen in a messy heap. He is 79 years old, and just in recent days has lost his bride after nursing her through severe illness for years. She had no insurance, and now her Social Security check is gone. His check and hers was all they had. It took $12,000 to bury her, and now he has nothing left. His electricity bill has stacked up to over $1,300 and will be cut off soon. Housing is a problem when living on half of your income overnight. He knew he would be in grief but is now surprised by instant and overwhelming poverty.

    How do we tell him to "hang in there?"

    It isn't easy. He came looking for help, and while we did what we can, there are limits on what one place can do for mountains of need this high. He received great attention, kindness and love. He was prayed over. He was wept over. He is now carried by those who had the honor of his presence, and we beg the Lord to meet his needs in all the ways we could not.

    The need we see is completely overwhelming. There are not enough answers, not enough dollars, not enough capacity to meet it all. We know that. And yet, we give the hope we know in Christ. We have that in abundance and give it to all who enter our doors. We know that the Lord sees every need, and He is working His will and His way to meet them. We pray that every client leaves our doors knowing more of His great love.

    Chapin is a very giving community. We see it all the time. Food comes when we need it. Every time. Right on time. And we could not be more grateful because it allows us the opportunity to minister to clients like this sweet grieving man this week. We have the divine privilege of being God's hands and feet to a hurting world. We all have that honor through every interaction, every conversation, every touch with the wounded world.

    May we move gently, tenderly and lovingly in His name, perhaps giving others even a little tighter grip as they hold on - as we hold on together.

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  • Mar 02

    Director's Notes - March

     

    resizeSt. Patrick’s Day. We think of so many fun and celebratory traditions encircling this day, images of shamrocks and everything green. But the real story of Patrick reveals such deep and abiding truths. Profound truths.

    Kidnapped and imprisoned, Patrick had to find a way to hold onto a God he barely knew when his long journey began. But held on, he did. Held on so tight that after being freed, he sought out his captors to share the truth of salvation, grace, and love. Quite a grip he had.

    St. Patrick’s Day in elementary school was all about avoiding the pinch. But oh how Patrick knew the pinch! He lived in a perpetual painfully squeezed place as he sought to honor the God who sought him. We avoid the pinch; he pursued it for the sake of living the gospel.

    Perhaps this month would be a good time to look around and see those living in a pinch. Economic restraint feels so tight to our friends and neighbors that they feel suffocated. Emotional pressure also constricts the heart, numbs the mind, and even slows the body. We are surrounded by those living in the pinch, in a crushing state of strain. We are enveloped by a wounded world’s ever-increasing desire to be free from all that binds.

    What do we do? How are we to respond to need? God gave us such a great example in Patrick. Long before he was a saint, he was a guy. Just a guy, a teenager in fact, who was scared and confused and in need himself. God met him there and infused his heart with all he needed to go and do what he was called to. He walked Jesus’ path of love, and in so doing, left behind some lovely shamrock-shaped footsteps for us to follow. Under the three-leaved clover lies the footprint of the Master. May we follow it into fields of green, fields of harvest, fields of life.

     

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