Living out Acts 1:8 to be witnesses for Christ in all the world, through local, national and international missions to meet both physical and spiritual needs. The River partners with local, domestic and foreign organizations to help accomplish those goals. Below is a list of organizations we support.
American Heritage Girls
A non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. A local chapter is sponsored by The River Church and lead by Andi Martin. You can find out more information about American Heritage Girls on the troop’s website: http://www.ahg-oh0412.com
EDGE Teen Center
EDGE has a vision to empower students to impact the world. They do this by providing high school students with a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to creating life-on-life mentoring relationships with caring adults through community service opportunities, social activities, tutoring, counseling and life skills courses. http://www.edgeteencenter.com
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Interfaith is a national organization that assists families with obtaining housing and employment. Area host churches have up to 5 families stay at their church for a week and rotate to area churches, and provide the evening meal, and spend the night with them. The homeless families rotate to different churches until Interfaith obtains their housing voucher. Monthly our church provides hygiene supplies, and our church serves dinner and spends the night 4 times per year at a host church in Monroe. http://www.ihnwc.org
Serve City is a food pantry in Hamilton, Ohio, dedicated to serving the needs of Butler County’s low-income and homeless individuals and families. The River Church serves there on the 4th Saturday of every month. http://www.servecitychosen.org
One in 78 adults in America is involved in our criminal justice system on any given day! We can help within our very own community, so The River has chosen to become a “Station of Hope” for the Healing Communities initiative. We began already by sending an initial River team to receive special training from Healing Communities.
When a church congregation becomes a Station of Hope, they become a place where the stigma and shame of the crime are eased. The congregation offers a place of love, forgiveness, redemption, and reconciliation.
The Healing Communities initiative is a resource for families who are impacted by incarcerated family members. The initiative helps them build relationships of healing, redemption, and reconciliation. The vision of Healing Communities is that Christians and their churches will reach out and support individuals and families in their own congregations that are affected by the criminal justice system. These individuals and families affected include those victimized by crime, those arrested, those in jail or prison, those reintegrating, and the family members of each.
If you or a loved one have been impacted by our criminal justice system and are seeking support or have questions, please reach out to the Station of Hope Leadership Team. If you are a River congregation member and would like to become involved with the team, please reach out as well.
Stations of Hope Leadership Team: Ministry Leader – Jillane Holland, Kim Smith, Joe Ethier, Jody Vash, Christy Bucher, Phil Wolf, or Amanda Havlin.
Build Your Marriage
Build Your Marriage is an organization started by our lead pastor and his wife to help bring building blocks for you and your spouse through their blog, tweets and speaking. More information can be found at http://www.buildyourmarriage.org.
In eastern Kentucky, The Happy Church is a Christ-centered ministry in the most impoverished area in the U.S. Not only do they feed the hungry, clothe the ill-clad, and visit the imprisoned and hurting, they teach the young in music, drama, life skills, and more to build their confidence and abilities to break harmful patterns. http://www.thehappychurch.org