2020 brought new challenges for many, and Great River Faith in Action was no exception. One positive outcome from a tough year is that Covid-19 has brought to light all the needs senior adults have that may have previously gone largely unnoticed by the vast majority. Seniors, and those caring for seniors, have had to adapt to extenuating circumstances and find new ways to meet these needs. The good news? Faith in Action has and continues to support senior adults and caretakers, even during these— I’m going to say it—unprecedented times.

Through the pandemic, volunteers have continued to serve while prioritizing the safety of themselves and their clients: providing rides to doctor’s appointments, purchasing and delivering groceries, and visiting over the phone. As time has passed and more and more of life resumes in 2021, we’ve been able to move towards a more “normal” pace for our volunteers and clients. This means more connections being made between volunteers and clients, and more needs being met every day.

Praise God we were able to have our Annual Gala in person this year. We missed all of you last year when we were in lockdown! Despite the Covid attendance cap, we had a great turnout and a wonderful time being together for a night of laughter and great food. We raised $37,000! Thank you to all who donated at this year’s Gala. Our volunteers and clients will be immensely blessed by your generosity. For those who like to plan ahead, Gala 2022 will be March 19th. We’re already looking forward to it!

Now that spring is here, we are excited to begin yard projects— a great way to serve while Covid restrictions are still around. If you or someone you know needs help with spring yard cleanup, or you would like to volunteer to rake leaves for a senior, reach out to Faith in Action at 763-263-4277 or info@grfia.org.

Furniture for Families has exploded in impact this last year! We are blessing individuals and families who are rebuilding their lives with new or like-new furniture and being blessed right back. We are making multiple pickups and deliveries every single week. Contact Faith in Action to find out how to get involved with this life-changing ministry.

God is doing big things in and through Faith in Action! Thanks for being a part of it.