Public Service & Outreach Programs

We have a variety of agencies for humanitarian efforts, disaster relief work, and voluntary service.

Christian Disaster Relief, Inc.

Scope of work: Immediate assistance after tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes, and similar disasters in Canada and United States. No permanent projects are operated; all operations are short-term for immediate needs.

Workers: Volunteers who go for several days or longer, seldom exceeding a duration of several weeks. Funding: Membership dues; donations; grants, including Schowalter Foundation funding. Additional comments: Representatives are elected in each congregation in Canada and United States. Local disaster relief representatives serve under the denominational CDR committee. This system allows for rapid mobilization of volunteers with structure and leadership in place. Christian Disaster Relief, Inc., is a non-profit corporation with 501 (c) 3 status.

Christian Public Service Canada

Scope of work: Voluntary service units for young men and units for young women. Young men’s units include units at Corner Brook, Newfoundland; St. Léonard, Quebéc. The work performed is community service such as assistance for elderly, volunteer work in facilities for handicapped residents, and helping in food preparation and serving to homeless. Young women’s units include units at East Gate Children’s Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Edmonton, Alberta; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. East Gate Children’s Home is a temporary emergency shelter for young children who are brought to the home by the police or social services. The work in the units in Edmonton and Halifax includes volunteer work in large medical facilities and other forms of community service.

Workers: Youth volunteers who go for terms of three or six months, depending on the unit. Each unit consists of several youth and the unit house parents.

Funding: Membership dues, donations, and special offerings when additional funding is needed. Additional comments: The emphasis is on a time of voluntary service for youth, which promotes personal growth, maturity, consecration, and leadership abilities. Also, this is considered an important venue for peace witness and service to the nation.

Christian Public Service USA

Scope of work: Voluntary service units for young men and units for young women. Young men’s units include units at Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the volunteer workers help elderly residents with maintenance and repair projects, community service to other handicapped or homeless populations; and units for reconstruction after large disasters such as hurricanes. Young women’s units include units at Window Rock, Arizona; and Gallup, New Mexico, where CPS operates homes for children in need of shelter or emergency care; the children are brought to the homes by the police or social services workers. An additional three units for young women are at Rochester, Minnesota; Columbia, Missouri; and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The work performed in these units includes volunteer work in large medical facilities and other kinds of community service.

Workers: Youth volunteers who go for terms of three or six months, depending on the unit. Each unit consists of several youth and the unit house parents.

Funding: Membership dues, donations, and special offerings when additional funding is needed.

Additional comments: The emphasis is on a time of voluntary service for youth, which promotes personal growth, maturity, consecration, and leadership abilities. Also, this is considered an important venue for peace witness and service to the nation.