The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Newaygo and Vera’s HousePosted Apr 8, 2020 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Vera’s House, the Health and Wellness Center of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newaygo, has been awarded a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) to address two current needs in Newaygo County: counseling for emotional health, and food for physical well-being.The grant, totaling more than $17,000, will enhance two program offerings that Vera’s House currently has in place: Project Illuminate and Justice Street Pantry.Project Illuminate is a program in partnership with Illuminate Counseling and Wellness, LLC, in Newaygo. This program, supported by the FACF, provides assistance to individuals and groups facing a barrage of stress factors (emotional, physical, financial, relational) who are not able to access the mental health treatment they need. The additional funding in this new grant allows us to increase the capacity of counseling services we are able to offer, including sessions conducted on the phone given the stay-at-home order in our state at this time.Justice Street Pantry (JSP) currently provides frozen soup and bread free of charge to community members twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The JSP freezer is located behind a red door on the north side of Vera’s House, just off the Justice St. driveway between our two buildings (Vera’s House and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church). The additional FACF funding allows us to also offer “Groceries to Go” through Justice Street Pantry. Each bag of groceries will contain dry and canned goods, protein, and a simple recipe that recipients can use to prepare a meal for their family. The “Groceries to Go” bags will be available for curbside pickup at the Vera’s House driveway (announcement of distribution dates and times forthcoming).The Rev. BJ Heyboer, Director of Vera’s House and Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, says, “We are so grateful to the Fremont Area Community Foundation for their generosity and vision in helping Vera’s House and other local organizations care for our community at this time when many are afraid, anxious, and struggling to maintain both emotional and physical health. We are grateful, too, for our ongoing partnership with the wonderful professionals at Illuminate Counseling. In these challenging days, we are reminded again and again that every breath we take is a gift from God, and our lives are knit together for good. We are thankful for opportunities to serve our neighbors.”More details on accessing the counseling services and “Groceries to Go” will be available to the community in the coming days.Vera’s House is the health and wellness center ofST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, P.O. 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Giving Back Pasadena Smoothie Start-Up Donates Healthy Food to People in Need From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 12:23 pm 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Now you can have your smoothie fix and give one too. FreshStax, an innovative Pasadena-based company, combines convenience, health and a socially conscious mission all in one convenient, recycleable package.The easier it is for you to do something in general you’re more likely to do it repeatedly. Our philosophy is that if people can have fresh food, fresh produce specifically already prepped and ready for them in their fridge and they just grab it and dump it in the blender that it’ll be easier for them to consume while on consistent basis,” said Skip Garrett, the co-founder and CEO of FreshStax.Not only does FreshStax take the prep work out of making healthy smoothies with fun names like the Hollywood Hills and Manhattan Beach, it has a dual mission to help people eat healthier regardless of their zip code.“The Hollywood Hills includes celery, spinach, pear and banana. The celery and spinach are really good for your skin. Asian pear is a really good source of energy and low in sugar, fat and calories. Then bananas are a natural energy source as well,” he said.The company is partnered with Groceryships, a South Central based non-profit, to distribute the fresh produce donations and work with Farm Fresh to You to source their fruits and veggies. FreshStax officially launched in August 2015 and since then has donated nearly 2,000 pounds of fresh produce, in addition to delivering over 900 smoothie kits.This month, they are hosting a crowdfunding campaign to grow their company and bring fresh smoothie kits to more people. Their Indiegogo campaign goal is $10,000 by April 9.In addition to benefiting the company and community, ten percent of the proceeds raised from a successful campaign will be go to the Dream Center, a community center in Los Angeles that was instrumental early on in helping FreshStax establish its business.“Thanks to our customers and thanks to our other friends. We really think that a successful campaign will continue the success of the business and not just benefit FreshStax – it will benefit the city of Pasadena. It’ll benefit the city of Los Angeles. It’ll benefit the state of California,” said Garrett.For more information and to support their campaign visit www.freshstax.com. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.