Christians are called to serve the needy of the world; this is a calling that we take very seriously at Fredsville. We work with many organizations across Iowa, the US, and the world as we reach out to those who are hungry, poor, sick, or afraid. On the webpages here we have listed a number of organizations that hold a special place in our hearts. We invite you to take a few minutes and see if there is an organization listed here that you would like to serve. If you have a passion for a particular ministry that is not listed, please let us know so we can talk about including them among those we serve.
Fredsville Lutheran Church has had a strong connection to Bremwood (Lutheran Social Services) in Waverly for several years. Each Christmas, Fredsville has an Angel Tree in the Fellowship Hall. On the tree are paper angels with a suggested gift item for the 90+ residents at Bremwood. Members of Fredsville have donated school supplies ranging from pencils to backpacks. Many women from Fredsville attend Bremwood’s salad lunches and donate toiletry items for the residents.
Bremwood is located in Waverly, Iowa. The teenagers at Bremwood range in age from 13 (8th grade) to 18 (12th grade) years old. Some of these boys and girls are referred to Bremwood by the Juvenile Court System for getting in trouble with the law. Some are referred to Bremwood by the Department of Human Services to work on behavioral/emotional problems related to past life traumas. These life traumas could include abuse, neglect or other difffficult family situations. The average stay is six-months to one year.
The State of Iowa pays for most of the teenager’s care at Bremwood. However, there is a gap between what the government pays and the actual cost of the care. This gap is filled through the support of individuals and congregations across Iowa. While Bremwood has the capacity to house 108 teenagers, they currently have 90+ due to lack of funding from the State of Iowa.
The members of Fredsville Lutheran Church regularly donate their old magazines and books for the reception areas at People’s Clinic. We also have received a number of special offerings on certain Sundays to financially aid this wonderful clinic.
Peoples Community Health Clinic, Inc. (PCHC) is a private, non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary health and dental care to over 19,000 active patients in the Cedar Valley area of Iowa. We provide quality medical and dental care to anyone, regardless of age, race, nationality, employment, health insurance, income or location of residence. While Peoples Clinicis owned and operated by people living in our community, grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration makes it possible to offer financial assistance in the form of sliding fee discounts to low income individuals.
Peoples Clinic was first organized as a free, walk-in clinic in 1976. In 1978, the clinic received an urban health initiative grant. The project grew from two part-time physicians and one nurse, housed on the fifth floor of a renovated convent, to a mid-sized community Health center. Currently, Peoples Clinic is a 40,000 square foot facility located at 905 Franklin Street in Waterloo. It has been at it’s current location since 1999.
Salvation Army Women’s Shelter
Fredsville collects women’s and children’s clothing, along with kitchen supplies and toys for the residents at the Salvation Army’s Women’s Shelter. Fredsville became involved with the Women’s Shelter several years ago when fifty members of our congregation volunteered on a Saturday to paint, clean, and cut down a tree at their old facility.
The purpose of the Salvation Army’s Womens’ Shelter is to provide emergency shelter for women and their children who do not have a place to live. They may be homeless due to being evicted from their apartment, being new to town, or being a victime of domestic violence. There are eight bedrooms, each with two sets of bunk beds. Each family stays in a bedroom. It is a secure facility.
The maximum stay is normally 21 days. While the women are staying at the shelter, they have to meet the weekly goals of 5 apartment searches and 5 job applications. They also take classes on exercise, nutrition and money-management skills. The Salvation Army’s Woman’s Shelter can be reached at (319) 232-0397 for more information.
Quilting for Lutheran World Relief
Thursday mornings from 9:00 am until 11:00 am the quilters meet in the fellowship hall to put together quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Used material that has been donated is turned into warm quilts that are sent all over the world, where ever there is a need. Anyone is welcome to join this group, no quilting or sewing experience necessary.
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:34-40 NRSV).