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COMMUNITY IMPACT – JUNE

 

Church Volunteers Clear Neighbours’ Yards

Volunteers from City Impact Church transformed the gardens of two Narrow Neck residents. Colleen Johnston, 70, and Mustapha Harrat, 62, both moved to Narrow Neck from Takapuna six months ago, where they had been neighbours for six years. The gardens at their new addresses both needed work and neither of them was strong enough to do it alone. So a social worker from Te Puna put them in touch with City Impact Church and, a few weeks later, teams of church volunteers arrived to help.

The teams took down trees and cleared weeds and debris, opening up much needed space and light at both properties.

“I’m just so thrilled with the work that’s been done today,” said Colleen. “I can’t believe all these people have come here for me!”

Originally from Algeria, Mustapha managed hotel restaurants in New Zealand before suffering a stroke in 2000. He now has chronic ITP, and his heart is only operating at 25 percent capacity.

“Now I’ll be able to sit in my garden in the warmer months and soak up some vitamin D,” said Mustapha.

Colleen started caring for Mustapha while they were neighbours and still goes over to check on him most days to help him with daily tasks.

“Colleen is one of our community’s unsung heroes,” says City Impact Church’s Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita. “She has so willingly helped and cared for her neighbour and friend all these years. It’s a privilege to be able to come and do something for them both.”

The volunteers were part of City Impact Church’s latest Community Impact Day, an event the church runs four times a year. Over 500 volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to do gardening, cleaning and maintenance for people in the community.

“We love being able to get out into our community and make a difference in people’s lives,” say City Impact Church Senior Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock. “It’s all about showing God’s love to people in a practical way.”

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Church Helps Single Dad

Volunteers from City Impact Church came to the aid of a single dad from Manukau .

Hunter has been living with a gland disorder and raising his eleven-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son on his own. He had to take antibiotics for two years while waiting for surgery to remove a gland from under arm. When he finally had the operation, the doctors said it was the worst case they had ever seen.

Still recovering from the surgery, and now requiring similar surgery on his other arm, daily life is a challenge for Hunter. An advocate for the family put him in touch with City Impact Church who arranged a team of church volunteers to help out.

The team transformed his yard, making space for the children to play. They also made way for a vegetable garden – something Hunter has wanted to do for his kids.

“I want them to experience what I had as a child – learning to grow and eat their own vegetables,” says Hunter.

“Things got a bit out of hand after the operation,” he says. “I certainly couldn’t have done all this on my own,” he says.

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CHURCH HELPS FAMILY OF EIGHT

Volunteers from City Impact Church helped out at the home of Weymouth residents Ross and Tangi and their six children. The team gave their home a spring clean, cleared their yard and trimmed trees.

With four children aged between ten and seventeen, as well as thirteen month old twins, Ross and Tangi have had little time for property maintenance recently.

“As a family we really appreciate what the church has done,” says Ross. “With working six days a week I don’t have a lot of energy for the garden. We’ve had two lawn mowers break down on us too. But having the team come in has really inspired us to stay on top of some of these jobs ourselves.”

 

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For more information on other upcoming City Impact Church events go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or contact the office on (09) 477 0300.

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COMMUNITY IMPACT – MARCH

 

CHURCH HELPS DAD OF FOUR

City Impact Church volunteers have helped a Manurewa father of four to transform his home and his life. Four months ago, the church team cleaned his whole house, cleared rubbish and painted the walls. Before their visit, the Housing New Zealand resident was dealing with major health issues and unable to maintain his property. Since the church’s help, Bert has recovered from gout and things are looking up.

“Life was hard before the church group came,” says Bert. “We didn’t have the motivation to clean up. Now we love keeping our home nice.”

The church team returned on Saturday to complete painting and clear the yard.

“These guys don’t know us from a bar of soap but they came and helped us do the whare,” says Bert. “It’s awesome. We’ve seen a big difference in our lives. The kids see it in us and have more respect for the house now too.”

The team was just one of many from City Impact Church who visited homes in the community to carry out cleaning, gardening and maintenance.

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CHURCH HELPS SINGLE MUM

Cooler nights and darker mornings are a reminder that autumn is here. Many across Auckland are facing a cold winter in homes without adequate heating and insulation.

City Impact Church volunteers came to the aid of one such family. The Birkenhead single mum and her children are living in a poorly insulated 1930s rental. The church team chopped firewood for them and also cleared their yard and mowed their lawns with a ride on mower.

The North Shore mum first heard about City Impact Church three years ago when they helped her adult daughter to clear her yard and do some repair work at her home. Later, a team from the church also helped her sister by tidying up her garden.

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CHURCH HELPS DIABETES SUFFERER

City Impact Church volunteers helped out at the home of a Flat Bush resident with diabetes and a skin condition. The single dad has been sick at home for two years and unable to get around. Keeping up with daily chores has been a challenge. The church group cleaned his home inside and out from top to bottom.

“The work the church has done has helped me tremendously,” he said. “This will help me to get my life back on track.”

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CHURCH HELPS IN COMMUNITY

City Impact Church volunteers made a difference for one Mt Wellington resident. Leanne is living with a damaged lung and no sternum, making it hard for her to breathe and carry out normal daily tasks.  A team of helpers from the church spent the morning clearing her yard and mowing her lawns for her.

Now she will be able to get a regular lawn mower for $15 a fortnight instead of paying the $500 she had been quoted for the work.

It was the second time we have helped Leanne out. Last year we spring cleaned her home inside and out.

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Click here to watch our Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on other upcoming City Impact Church events go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or contact the office on (09) 477 0300.

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Community Impact – November

 

Church Brings Christmas to Mum of Six

Christmas is looking brighter for one Manurewa mum of six, thanks to volunteers from City Impact Church members who gave Christmas gift boxes to her and each of her children. Earlier in the year, a team from the church came to her home to clean, garden, cut down trees, and fix cupboards. They also donated brand new bikes for all the children, and a trampoline.

With a new baby, and her eldest son recovering from concussion, Julianna had been finding life a struggle.

“City Impact Church has given us strength to carry on. They have shown me and my kids that there is hope – that there are people out there who care.”

Julianna and her children were just some of over 1000 people who received Christmas gift boxes from City Impact Church.

Each year, church members choose tags from a Christmas tree, representing people referred by community organisations. Then they take away a box to fill up with gifts for that person.

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Church Makes Season Bright      

City Impact Church gave away over 1000 Christmas gift boxes to people in the community. Over 500 church volunteers turned out on the day to help bring Christmas to people needing a little extra help to make the season bright.

While many helped deliver the boxes, others put up Christmas decorations at North Shore Hospital. Another team revisited the home of a Birkdale resident with cancer who is bringing up five children through family adoption. They continued the painting job they started earlier in the year and also brought Christmas boxes for her and each of her children.

“Each year, church members choose tags from our Christmas trees, representing people referred to us by community organisations,” says City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita. “They take away a box to fill up with gifts for that person.”

Recipients range from elderly community members, to those with disabilities, to single parents, to children and infants. The gifts are individually wrapped, placed in the gift boxes and tied with ribbon.

“We love having the chance to show God’s love to people in a practical way,” says Mary-Kath.

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Church Decorates Waitakere Hospital               

Volunteers from City Impact Church put up Christmas decorations at Waitakere Hospital. A large tree went up at the entranceway, and the hospital reception areas were decorated with another tree and wreathes of ivy.

“We have been decorating Waitakere Hospital at Christmas for eight years now,” says City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita. “Hospitals can be a tough place to be, especially at Christmas time. We want to do what we can to bring some joy to people’s lives and let them know that we care.”

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Click here to watch our Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on other upcoming City Impact Church events go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or contact the office on (09) 477 0300.

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Community Impact – September

 

Church helps mum of six

Volunteers from City Impact Church helped Manurewa mum of 6, Julianna. With a newborn baby, and her eldest son recovering from concussion, Julianna was finding home and garden maintenance a struggle.

“Jeremiah was hospitalised with concussion the same week that I gave birth to my son Benjamin,” says Julianna. “We used to have cleaning days where the children and I would do the gardening and clean up the house. But we haven’t been able to do that since my son’s accident,” she says.

Julianna recently met City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita who arranged for a team to clean her house, weed her vegetable garden, cut down trees, and fix cupboards.

Julianna was hoping the team might also be able to fix her children’s bikes. Instead, they surprised the family by donating new bikes for each child, and a brand new trampoline for the whole family.

“My kids don’t ask for much,” says Julianna. “They’ve never had their own new bikes. City Impact Church has given us strength to carry on. This has shown me and my kids that there is hope, that there are people out there who care.”

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CHURCH HELPS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY

Birkdale resident Diana has been battling cancer since 1998 as well as bringing up five children through family adoption. The team from City Impact Church gave her kitchen a spring clean and painted her lounge and hallway.

“I didn’t realise that there was help like that around,” says Diana. “It’s been a real blessing.”

A team of twenty also visited council flats in Milford to weed gardens, clean ovens, scrub showers and wash windows for pensioners living alone. Teams also delivered beds to three families and a washing machine to a family that they had helped previously.

The event was one of four Community Impact Days the church runs every year.

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CHURCH helps single dad

Over 500 volunteers from City Impact Church dedicated their Saturday morning to helping out in their community. Church members visited more than 105 homes.

Among those helped was Hibiscus Coast single dad, Bevan Robinson. A team of volunteers was able to give his home a complete spring clean as well as tidying up his grounds.

“We just want to make a difference in our community and let them know that we are here for them,” says Mary-Kath. “We always set out to help others, but it’s the volunteers who come away feeling blessed.”

“These days have been so successful that some church volunteers end up bringing friends and family members who want to help out as well,” she says.

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CHURCH PAINTS SCHOOL PLAY AREA

Bailey Road School got a makeover as a team of fifteen from City Impact worked to build and paint a special, educational play area for the Year 1 and 2 students. Other church volunteers painted the school’s play house and painted colourful artwork onto the school walls.

Previously there was only one play area for the whole school of 200. With bigger students wanting to run and play ball, it was a daunting place for younger children to play. Now they have their own quieter area, full of fun and colour.

“We were very fortunate to have City Impact Church come in and make our grounds so much brighter and more attractive for our kids,” says Bailey Road School Principal Jim Stafford-Bush. “We really appreciated the manpower coming in.”

The work completed by the church has helped the school in its vision to provide a positive learning environment for all students.

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Click here to watch our Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on other upcoming City Impact Church events go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or contact the office on (09) 477 0300.

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