We've been busy, and this page is here to highlight our major activities. Click on the item news-line title for details:
Our partner, Sharing the Love Foundation, has leased land from another partner, Hunger Relief Ministries, for a Community Garden. It is at the far end of the parking lot for the Forney ISD Administration Building, on 202 College St in Forney. FCM is proud to be involved in this completely organic garden. Read more on the methods being used here: Back to Eden garden design
We had a kick-off event on the Spring Solstice (March 20), with about 60 in attendance! Most of the harvest will be given to the elderly and others in need (for free, of course). But we hope to have enough to sell, also.
We held a thank you brunch for the folks who volunteered so much time and effort on the Cedar St house rejuvenation project.
Connect Church - Doug Moran Construction was given an award for leadership and service. Community Life Church (CLife) - Re:Build Team and Steve and Kim Taveau were given awards for their major role in the project (picture at left). Frank's Heating & Air was given an award for their outstanding contribution and service.
Sharing the Love Foundation, Hunger Relief Ministries, Fellowship Church, Forney Lions Club and several other contractors and vendors all helped with various aspects, including funding and hands-on volunteering.
THANK YOU to all who contributed!
RelyOn provides financial support and training classes for budgeting, saving, etc. Truly a community supporter, RelyOn is fairly new to Forney, but is already making a very positive impact..
We finally finished the house rejuvenation project in downtown Forney. We've leveled the foundation (10" low in one corner!), redone the kitchen, replaced siding…etc. It will need a new roof, major plumbing and electrical work and lots of interior fixes. This is the home of an elderly lady who keeps the house beautifully, but fights the leaking roof and rotting floors, and leaking pipes…
The budget for this project was finally about $35,000, and the work was extensive. This was truly a cooperative project, as all the partners of FCM pitched in with their respective talents and abilities. Many community members and businesses also donated supplies, services and/or funds.
Connect Church and the Community Life Church (CLife) - ReBuild Team took a major role in the project, while, Sharing the Love Foundation, Hunger Relief Ministries, Fellowship Church and the Forney Lions Club all helped with various aspects, including hands-on volunteering.
THANK YOU to everyone involved!!
Forney ISD honored FCM and its partners, along with members of several other organizations, for their roles in the Forney ISD organized events to help students and parents during the COVID-19 restrictions. We are very proud to be working with Forney ISD as a formal partner, and to be honored with this award.
Three new organizations joined Forney Community Ministries at our board meeting today. We are very excited about these additions, as our coalition continues to grow in its ability to impact the community through cooperation. These groups bring a multitude of abilities, energy and people…a great leap forward!
We have just begun a major rejuvenation project on a house in downtown Forney. We've leveled the foundation (10" low in one corner!). It will need a new roof, major plumbing and electrical work and lots of interior fixes. This is the home of an elderly lady who keeps the house beautifully, but fights the leaking roof and rotting floors, and leaking pipes…
The budget for this project is about $18,000, and the work is extensive. This is truly a cooperative project, as all the partners of FCM are pitching in with their respective talents and abilities.
Please join us if you want to help! You can Donate via the button on this page, or volunteer your time (just let us know when you're available!).
300 backpacks were purchased by FCM for the FISD resource fair, at a cost of about $10,000. Our partner, First Presbyterian Church of Forney purchased a like amount. But, FISD received requests for over 1,500 backpacks, so we need more!! Please consider a donation through the Donate button on this site to help us recoup this cost, and to buy more backpacks full of supplies, with items for the appropriate grades in school. A pack of supplies costs about $40 per student.
Infinity Texas Air is a very compassionate company, and Stiky Ribz furnishes food at so many events. We see them involved in almost every charitable activity in our community. THANK YOU to both Infinity Texas Air and Stiky Ribz BBQ for their generous $3,500 donation to the Student Backpacks program!
300 backpacks have been purchased. Please consider a donation through the Donate button on this site to help us recoup this cost, and give a student a backpack full of supplies, with items for the appropriate grades in school. A pack of supplies costs about $40 per student.
With all the unrest and stress in our society…let's LOVE ONE ANOTHER through our selfless acts of kindness and support.
After 3 months of leadership and cooperation by Forney ISD with the Resource Hubs, FCM is now working to continue this type of relief through the summer, in cooperation with churches and the Forney Food Pantry. Grocery deliveries will continue, along with construction projects and general transportation, rent and utilities assistance. Please join us in this service of long-term care to our community!!
Please consider donating to the Cornovirus Relief Fund by clicking the Donate button and selecting that from the list. This fund will help the FISD children with food and school supplies. Again, ALL funds donated go to the people who need the help!
Thanks to your donations:
School supplies and hygiene products are continually being purchased and handed out freely at the Forney ISD Resource Hubs every Friday morning.
FCM is purchasing groceries from Brookshire's every Friday since April 7th and making deliveries to seniors in the Forney area. Starting with 7, the number of deliveries is now more than 15 per week, at an average cost of $30 per person… and we expect this program to continue to grow rapidly as word gets out. THANK YOU for your help and support!
The partners of FCM, along with members of several other organizations gathered to receive a thank you from the Forney ISD.
FCM is currently assisting several ministries with deliveries of Angel Tree gifts, food baskets, toys for Christmas, clothing, etc., and adding whatever we can. Several organizations have done an amazing job of gathering for those who need it. We want to congratulate them on that achievement, and make sure that every family being served receives the blessing of these efforts. Merry Christmas!
In a heart-warming event, 20 year-old daughter Lexingten overcame disability and difficult circumstances to receive her high school diploma tonight (Monday, Dec 9) with many staff from Forney ISD and friends, in her mother's (Gwenivere) hospice room, where Gwenivere was in the late stages of cancer. Her mother has since passed away, leaving Lexingten responsible for raising her 7th grade brother, 3 year-old sister, dealing with the loss of her mother, and also helping her grandmother.
We have been assured that this familiy's needs are now being fully supported by a church in Dallas. At Lexingten's request, ALL of the funds received by FCM went directly to pay Gwenivere's funeral expenses of $2,595 which happens to be the exact amount raised (God knows what He is doing!). Lexingten passes along a huge Thank You and Merry Christmas. Your donations were greatly appreciated. Praise God.
This picture is courtesy of WFAA. For more background information, please visit the WFAA Link
Forney ISD had several thousand books available for distribution to children at the Resource Fair, of which most remained at the end of the event. Hunger Relief Ministries, an FCM partner, flew these books to The Lutheran Literacy Project in Alpine, Texas, where they will be distributed to underprivileged children and families in the rural deserts of southwest Texas (below). A second shipment was flown to Albany, Texas for a school library start-up project.
This is a good example of how the partnerships created by FCM better facilitate helping those in need.
The FISD Resource Fair was a great success, getting supplies and uniforms into the hands of those who need them. We estimate that well over 1,000 students received assistance!
Several other churches and organizations took advantage that day and had backpacks and uniforms and other services available at their sites, too. We hope to coordinate all of these activities better for next year, to give all those needing assistance the opportunity to be served more readily.
The First Presbyterian Church of Forney located at 12433 FM 1641 in Forney continues to have uniforms available. Please contact them directly.
"When I showed the kiddos their uniforms they were so happy, our 6 year old said 'and they don’t have holes!'. And they wanted to wear them then and now. So thank you all for your big hearts and being the light of God in this sometimes dark world! Today you have showed His love to 4 foster kiddos who really needed it." S.K., a Forney foster mom
A great time was had by all participating in taking down an old fence and putting up a new one in Forney over the weekend. The pictures at left are just a few of the participants in this worthwhile endeavor.
The Board unanimously approved the addition of First United Methodist Church as a Partner in Forney Community Ministries. We welcome this organization, which is one of the strongest in helping those in need in our community.
A major thank you to David Ivie, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church for organizing and managing this great event.
We sorted through and prepared 3,290 pieces of uniform clothing donated since May 2018. We had 51 volunteers for 113.75 hours organizing and washing 35 loads of laundry.
44 volunteers worked 69 shifts for 139 hours in the week-long kick-off drive! WAY TO GO VOLUNTEERS!!
100 Families with 246 Students received 2,131 Uniform Items and 256 Non-Uniform Items over the week.
The FCM Board today elected Dana Curry to the Board of Directors (from left): * David Ivie - Pastor of First Presbyterian Church * Marian Stewart - CEO of Sharing the Love Foundation * Warren Ketteman (back) - First Presbyterian Church * Amanda Lewis - CFO of Sharing the Love Foundation * Michael Lewis (back) - Managing Director of Hunger Relief Ministries * Dana Curry - Community Relations Coordinator for Forney ISD
FCM was asked to introduce itself to a gathering of Forney pastors, community leaders and Forney ISD principals on June 6, 2018. The concept of working together to meet the needs of our community was enthusiastically received.