Sparrow Fund Provides a Lifeline

If you have ever joined us for Christmas Eve services, you will recall that our collection on that most holy night goes toward the Sparrow Fund. The Sparrow Fund is a discretionary fund established by Hyde Park United Methodist to meet emergency needs of individuals and families. The name of the Sparrow Fund comes from Matthew 10:29-31, which reminds us that God cares for all of us, even the smallest sparrow. The Outreach Department of Hyde Park administers the fund for church members in need and Outreach and Prevention Services at Metropolitan Ministries serves those in our wider community. Hyde Park sends funds to Metropolitan Ministries each month so their qualified staff can help Tampa residents on our behalf.

James Dunbar, Metropolitan Ministries Senior Director of Outreach and Prevention services had this to say about Hyde Park’s support. Metropolitan Ministries has been very blessed to call Hyde Park a foundational partner and a financial community partner since our inception now crossing 50 years. Through the generous gifts from Hyde Park, we are able to alleviate stress and trauma for families struggling in our community with the mission of preventing them from entering into homelessness. The gifts of Hyde Park are used for the very tough cases where families normally don’t qualify for stringent grants or fall through the traditional cracks. The flexibility provided with the tremendous gift allows us to offer assistance to alleviate suffering and guide towards self-sufficiency. The families we serve and the organization are incredibly thankful of our amazing partnership and continued community impacts.

Here is what some of the community members that received help said:

I always feel blessed and happy when I come to Metropolitan Ministries for help because the people who work there are very caring and treat my husband and me with respect and kindness. The items we received helped us make it through the month.Loralee

I believe that the Ministries help promote dignity and self-sufficiency by helping a person any way they can. It gave me hope that I can make it on my own after my husband passed away. I felt lost without him, not knowing what to do. Linda helped.Catherine

Your help came into my life and helped with utilities. I thank them from the bottom of my heart because I needed help the most at this time.William

Your gifts are provide a most-needed lifeline. Thank you, Hyde Park faithful, for making God’s love real in such a tangible way in Tampa Bay!

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