Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), featured a generous gift they made to the Presbyterian Home for Children in a national publication they produced about their Annual Mission Fund. Presbyterian church members throughout the nation give to the Thank Offering and Birthday Offering, and Presbyterian Women distributes gifts from those funds to deserving organizations, including the Presbyterian Home for Children.
In 2022, the national organization awarded the Home a $50,000 Thank Offering grant toward funding one of six tiny cottages at Union Village. The Home has partnered with its neighbor Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind to offer Union Village, a permanent supportive housing community for individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind or multi-disabled.
PHFC has operated Union Village on a separate and secluded part of its campus for AIDB consumers since 2017. Six additional cottages opened in September 2023, thanks in part to the gift that The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women decided to fund after prayerful and careful consideration.
“In 2022, (Presbyterian Women) from all across the nation came together, pooled resources and provided a $50,000 Thank Offering grant to PHFC,” the article states. “The monies received and bestowed are making real accessible and affordable homes for adults with multiple disabilities through Union Village, partnership program between PHFC and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.”
PHFC President and CEO Doug Marshall thanked the Presbyterian Women for their gift and for shining a light on Union Village.
“It’s fitting that in this, our 156th year, Presbyterian Women once again show their love and dedication to Presbyterian Home for Children,” Marshall said. “It was the faith and hard work of Presbyterian Women that raised funds to build the Home 156 years ago, and their support continues to this day.”
Marshall said, “We also thank God for the help of the North Alabama Presbytery and PHFC Board Members and Presbyterian Women Carol Copeland, Joyce Pettis Temple, and Janis Williams for writing a recommendation letter and assisting in the grant application process to make sure the Home and the Union Village are here to serve some of our most vulnerable citizens.”