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Churches United facing financial challenges as it continues to meet the service demand. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:48

Churches United is a Christian Organization who in part helps feed the hungry and shelter women and children in the Quad City Area.  To date this year they have served 45,531 individuals by way of emergency food pantries, served over 12,000 people at 3 meals sites, and sheltered 1527 lodging to a total of 128 women and children.  Winnie’s Place stands for Women In Need Nurtured Into Excellence. The program is designed to not only provide shelter, but to help women to survive on their own once out of shelter.

Thank you Quad Cities for your many years of financial and volunteer support as Churches United has worked to meet the rising needs of hunger and shelter in the Quad Cities communities.  As you can imagine, it takes significant financial resources to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.  The community has been generous through donations to the various programs to address human need in the area.  Yet with a decrease in grant income has placed a decided pressure on other areas of income.  We are asking our communities for assistance to assure that families are able to continue to find food when they need it; that women with or without children can find a safe place to re-start their lives in a safe environment. Currently Churches United is facing a $30,000 short-fall in important income areas so the question arises:  Will you, the community help Churches United provide the food and the shelter that is so desperately needed?

Here are some thoughts about the importance of Winnie’s Place, the Women’s Shelter of Churches United, from someone who found hope within its walls.

I was invited to come back to Winnie’s so I could get my kids back.  Well, I moved back in on a Tuesday and by Friday, I got my first weekend with 3 of my children.  Then I got to keep the youngest forever!  The twins came only on weekends for the next three weeks – now they are with me forever as well.  As for my oldest, he is back in town and is staying with my mother.  I’m not allowed to keep him overnight yet but soon I hope.  I also found a 3 bedroom, 2 baths plus a garage for ‘low’ through section 8.  YEAH!  We move on the 4th, which is today.  I thank God and Winnie’s Place so much because without their belief in me I couldn’t have done it!  I remember when I first came here – I was so unsure.  Ya’ll made it possible for me to start getting’ my babies back.  Thank you.  I am forever grateful and couldn’t have done all this without your support, through all my yelling, and crying to you.

Will you, the community, help Winnie’s Place continue the ability to provide the hope that is so desperately needed in this community and the world?  Will you, the community, provide the resources to see that those who are hungry find the food that is needed?  We invite you to consider helping us meet the needs for the next 50 years and beyond.  It is easy to donate simply go to the Churches United website – – and utilize the “donate” button.  A Donation can also be made by mailing a check to:

Churches United

2535 Tech Drive

Suite 205

Bettendorf, IA 52722



Rev. Ronald C. Quay, Executive Director


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Christian Care Announces Award First Congregational Church, UCC Supports Christian Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:03
Rock Island, IL – First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ has awarded a grant to
lend financial support for technology upgrades at Christian Care’s rescue mission and domestic
violence shelter. “We are thankful that First Congregational Church in Moline has made it
possible for Christian Care to upgrade its software,” said Dr. Elaine Winter, the organization’s
executive director. “Men and women who come to Christian Care need our help. One way we
do this is by providing a computer for job searches, and software for these men and women to
complete their GED or college coursework. First Congregational Church’s financial support will
enable us to upgrade our software needs for both clients and staff.”

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two facilities—a domestic violence
shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. It serves homeless
individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and
those with mental illnesses.

For all those who need a meal, Christian Care's Community Meal Site is located at its Rescue
Mission, 2209 3rd Avenue, Rock Island. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays
Monday through Friday, and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is
served at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you know of someone in
need, call the Christian Care Crisis Hotline any hour of the day at (309) 788-2273 or visit online

Charities Help Fight Tide of Human Rights Violations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:52
Scholar Says They Empower a World of Bystanders

Despite the international outrage they provoke, genocides have flourished since World War II, when the term was first coined.

“Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Sudan offer contemporary examples of a practice that is one of the most aberrant examples of human behavior,” says Renata Reinhart, author of In the Course of My Life (, a fact-based novel that recounts the little-known Soviet genocide of 2 million Eastern Germans in 1945.

“Many of these ethnic cleansings, including the slaughter in East Germany, don’t come to the public’s attention because they’re kept secret or denied,” she says. “In the case of East Germany, both England and the United States were complicit, so it’s not a story they’re eager to tell.

“But if history is written by the victors, then we have an obligation to get it right -- the best predictor of future genocide is denial of a past genocide.”

One phenomenon that helps perpetuate the practice is psychic numbing – a person’s inability to feel compassion for large numbers of people, Reinhart says.

“In a recent experiment, psychologists asked Americans to contribute money to a starving African orphan, and about half were willing. But when two orphans were presented, far fewer Americans were willing to contribute,” she says.

Neuroscientific research has found evidence of psychic numbing, says Reinhart, who thinks it may be the response of an overwhelmed brain.

“We can easily conceive of helping one person, but any more than that and real help can seem implausible,” she says.

However, she adds, when people are aware of trustworthy organizations making a positive impact, they’re more likely to offer their own help. She recommends these:

• Genocide Watch: Dr. Gregory Stanton, president of the charity organization aimed at preventing genocide, recently published a two-pronged approach to turn the tide of mass murder, which is occurring in several hot spots throughout the world today. One prong includes compassion and awareness from the global community, and the other is an institution or institutions to track and prevent genocide, or at least hold leaders responsible.

• Women for Women International: “The cure for poverty has a name: The empowerment of women,” said by the late world-renowned journalist and public intellect Christopher Hitchens. This charity is a humanitarian organization that provides emotional and financial support to women survivors of war. Job training and business development are just a few of the programs that assist impoverished populations, a preemptive measure against vulnerability, war and mass murder.

• CARE: This is another international group focused on women because, as its mission statement reads, “equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.” The organization’s efforts includes the prevention of spreading disease, improved basic education, increased access to clean water and sanitation, and increased economic opportunity.

• Africare: The oldest and largest African-American led organization in the interest of aiding the continent; the group’s initiatives include agriculture, micro enterprise, health, environment and women’s empowerment.

• International Peace Institute: IPI is an independent, not-for-profit think tank with qualified staff representing 20 different nationalities, located near the United Nations in New York City.

“There are plenty of impactful charities that can be easily reviewed online,” Reinhart says. “The events of genocide tend to begin from a chain of prior states, especially poverty and ignorance. My message is an educational effort, and I hope I contribute to the solution.”

About Renata Reinhart

Renata Reinhart is the pen name of the author, a scholar of World War II history who spent years researching the Red Army’s march across Eastern Europe in 1945. While the book is fictionalized as a memoir, the historical elements are accurate and based on numerous documented sources.

Riverside Theatre to Hold Wine Tasting Fundraiser Saturday, July 14 at Vesta PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:26

Iowa City, Iowa – Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre invites area residents to a wine tasting party Saturday, July 14 from 6-9 p.m. at Vesta, 849 Quarry Road, Suite 100, in Coralville. Vesta is located on the round­about of the Coralville Mar­riott, near 1st. Ave. and Inter­state 80.

The event will feature samplings of a variety of wines from Vesta’s wine menu. Vesta will also be serving appetizers, to complement the wine selections.

Tasting tickets are $40 and include wine tasting and two full pours. Non-tasting ticket are $25 and include non-alcoholic beverages.

$20 of every ticket is tax-deductible and includes food.  To order tickets call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Riverside Theatre.

For more information visit


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Written by Paul Willar   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:24

DAVENPORT, IA – The 25th Journey of Hope team will arrive in Davenport on Thursday, July 12. The team will arrive around 1:00 p.m., please contact Ricky Rascon to confirm time and location. The team will have lunch at Happy Joe’s at 2:00 p.m. That evening at 6:00 p.m., the team will have dinner and a Friendship Visit with the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation.

What: The Journey of Hope, organized by Push America, is a cycling trek that raises funds and awareness on behalf of people with disabilities in hopes to enhance the quality of their lives. Every cyclist commits to raising at least $5,500 on behalf of people with disabilities before the trip begins. Combine their individual efforts with corporate sponsorships and the Journey of Hope 2012 teams have raised more than $650,000 for people with disabilities.


When: Thursday, July 12th 1:00 p.m. (arrival) and 6 p.m. (dinner & Friendship Visit)


Where: Lunch:

Happy Joe’s                         

201 W 50th Street

Arrival & Dinner/Friendship:

Please contact Ricky Rascon


Who: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members from across the country.

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