Love your neighbor social media campaign: 50 ways in 50 days

Harrisburg

Tuesday is Day 17 of a 50-day social media campaign to help homelessness and housing instability in Central PA.  

The nonprofit Christian Churches United is taking to social media with a campaign called “Love your neighbor: 50 ways in 50 days”. 

The campaign kicked off April 8th, 2018 and runs through May 27, 2018. During these 50 days, the nonprofit is taking Midstate residents on a journey of exploring what it means to “Love Your Neighbor”. 

Each day on CCU’s Facebook and Instagram, the nonprofit posts simple and creative ways to impact those around you. It also share stories of what it means to you to “Love Your Neighbor”.

It is also working to build a team of sponsors and walkers for the CCU Highmark Walk Saturday, May 19th. The walk will help give the “gift of home” to Midstate men, woman and families facing homelessness.

You can get involved with the campaign by sending your thoughts on what the phrase “Love Your Neighbor” means to you. The group can anonymously share your story of how someone simply or radically loved or impacted you.

Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area (a.k.a. Christian Churches United or CCU) is a nonprofit social service agency governed by an independent board of directors.

The group serves Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties. Some of the services are specific to residents of Dauphin County but others are available to anyone in the tri-county region.

This faith-based social service agency was founded by area churches in the 1970’s to help families in crisis. CCU rallied to help flood victims after Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and the group’s emergency fund evolved in 1977 to ‘Help Ministries’. The group just celebrated their 40th Anniversary

The nonprofit’s two biggest programs are homeless prevention and ‘Help Ministries’, a centralized emergency assistance office for Dauphin County. 

The group said it’s helping prevent homelessness by helping households in crisis keep the heat and lights on and resolve eviction situations. The nonprofit works to get the homeless rehoused into permanent housing as quickly as possible, with move-in and short-term financial rental assistance.

‘Help Ministries’ assists single moms and families get connected with emergency shelters. The group also sponsors the Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven. S.H.S.H. is a long-term residential program for chronically homeless men who were living on the street for over a year and who have a mental health issue. The nonprofit said this is a difficult population to get off the street due to their many challenges so it designed its program to be welcoming and low on initial demands. The nonprofit wants to get folks into housing first and then tackle their other issues. According to CCU, S.H.S.H. opened in 2009 as a partnership between the city of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, and area churches.

For more information on ’50 Days to Love Your Neighbor’ campaign go to www.50ways50days.org and for more info on the nonprofit organization go to www.ccuhbg.org 

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