Llanerch Hills Chapel is continuing their work with the homeless in a program called "Connect by Night. " The entire month of December, once again, Llanerch Hills Chapel will house 50 homeless men and women who are in need of a roof over their heads and a warm meal in their stomachs Pastor Joel Thompson stated "that this work is what community if all about." Since this article was published originally, the Chapel has been lucky enough to receive donations from several new companies who are joining in the Chapel's concern for our homeless population. Local companies that are participating this year are: Wawa of Upper Darby, Cocco's Pizza of Drexel Hill, Casey's Restaurant of Drexel Hill, Civera's Deli of Drexel Hill, SophistiCakes of Drexel Hill, Pat's Pizza of Upper Darby and major companies such as Herr's Potato Chips, Utz Snacks, Swiss Farms, Tastycakes, Bath and Body Works, Frito Lay, and Acme Markets of Upper Darby. One company in particular is donating the food and their services to bring Christmas dinner to those housed in the Chapel. That company Justine's Cuisine will cater this Christmas dinner. The Chapel is so grateful for these donations but there is still a need for food and paper products such as paper plates, plastic cutlery and napkins. The Chapel is also creating bags of toiletries for each man and woman who come to stay with the church, This church has seen a need that needed to be filled and they, a congregation of only 50 members, is working tirelessly to help those less fortunate. If you would like to contribute or share your time volunteering with preparation of meals please contact Llancerch Hills Chapel at (484) 452-6054. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Llanerch-Hills-Chapel. Below is a copy of the original article that was written about the work of this little church with a big heart.
Llanerch Hills Chapel, located on Myrtlewood Avenue, in Upper Darby, may be small in membership but what they lack in numbers they make up in their devotion to helping the less fortunate. The Chapel is led by Pastor Joel Thompson. This church, whose members are mainly seniors and only number about 50, take in for the entire month of December, homeless men and women. This church is involved in a project called "Connect by Night" The charity program enlists area churches to house those who are homeless for one month of nights. Mrs. Helen Koch has instrumental in bringing the Connect by Night program to LHC. The churches obtain donations to feed their guests dinner each night and then prepare bagged lunches for the next day. Llanerch Hills Chapel was so grateful for a few local businesses that contributed such as Civera's Deli, Arthur's Deli and National Soap Company, all in Upper Darby. Each day church members get together to prepare the bagged lunches, and with the gifts of area neighbors make up toiletry bags. Each night about 50 individuals are taken from a homeless shelter, that would not be able to house them due to overcrowding, and brought to the church. There they are met by smiling, dedicated members of the church, who listen to stories of need and offer a shoulder to lean on. What is amazing about this church is the membership has taken the time to see a need in the neighborhood and have come to the aid of so many.. These seniors fully commit themselves to helping those in need. It is truly amazing. You can’t help but feel their compassion and their great love of people. LHC, also, keeps a food bank for its members who need help stretching their dollars to cover the expense of food. Food bank items are accepted daily.
Llanerch Hills Chapel will be once again housing those in need in the month of December. Volunteers are welcome as are donations of food, clothing and toiletries.
The contact information is: Llanerch Hills Chapel 1216 Myrtlewood Ave Havertown PA 19083