For nearly seven decades, Clifton Park Baptist Church (CPBC) has stood as a proven member of the Silver Spring, Maryland Community. As a neighbor, it is our desire to be a conduit of love, encouragement and support to our most hurting families. It’s been a delight to form collaborative efforts toward this end. The following is a list of our current community partnerships:
SHOOL AND MENTORING PROGRAMS
NEW HAMPSHIRE ESTATES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SCHOOL-BASED LITERACY PROGRAM
CPBC serves as a partner to New Hampshire Estates Elementary. In 2013, the church developed an exciting reading and literacy program that places volunteers directly into classrooms and in partnership with teachers. Volunteers read to and assist students with literacy and language arts development.
AFRICAN IMMIGRANT REFUGEE FOUNDATION
CPBC partnered IN 2013 with African Immigrant Refugee Foundation to create and facilitate a group mentoring program for the elementary through high school students living in the surrounding community. Young adult professionals from CPBC volunteer as mentors and engage a host of youth in a series of group mentoring sessions. Young professionals connect with youth through meaningful conversations that promote their college-preparatory, life skills knowledge and overall professional and personal growth.
PROJECT NEIGHBOR CARE - FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK
The Capital Area Food Bank distributes nearly 30 million pounds of food annually to more than 478,000 people through a network of partner agencies. CPBC has served as a partner agency since 2010, distributing several pounds of fresh produce and other food items to approximately 250 families monthly. The initiative has been termed Project Neighbor Care (PNC) and it provided food to some 2,400 households in 2013 alone!
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES
The Baptist Collegiate Ministries is a recognized on-campus group at the University of Maryland (UMD). Their mission is to make disciples who love sacrificially and serve passionately while growing deeper in their relationship with Christ. CPBC’s Project Neighbor Care has become one of the arms of the group, providing a place for UMD students to touch and serve the neighboring community.
A WIDER CIRCLE
Each day, A Wider Circle provides basic need items to families transitioning out of shelters or simply living without life’s necessities. CPBC has been pleased to reserve fresh produce remaining from our Project Neighbor Care initiative for clients served through A Wider Circle.
CLIFTON PARK BAPTIST CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
TAKOMA EAST SILVER SPRING (TESS) CENTER
The TESS Center is an office of the Montgomery County Health and Human Services. TESS provides immediate response to crisis situations for county residents, offering goal-oriented crisis intervention, brief crisis stabilization and help in securing resources –including food, housing and counseling. TESS works as a referral agency for the CPBC Food Pantry. The pantry is open specifically to TESS clients on fourth Saturdays of the month.
COMMUNITY NETWORK AND RESOURCES
IMPACT SILVER SPRING
IMPACT Silver Spring was founded in 1999 with the mission to build community-based networks that sustain local social, economic, and civic momentum for a vibrant community. IMPACT and CPBC have partnered together to conduct door-knockings (door-to-door conversations with neighbors), community meals and women circles. In addition, CPBC’s PNC program has served as a platform to IMPACT in sharing information and resources with the community.
HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL RESOURCE PROGRAMS
HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL
FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE NETWORK
CPBC partners with Holy Cross Hospital through their Faith Community Nurse Network. The partnership affords training for the church’s Health Ministry, educational resources for the congregation and community and speakers for CPBC’s health events and seminars. Additionally, the partnership offers CPBC’s Health Ministry a direct link to accessing care for church member’s within the hospital’s system. Lastly, Holy Cross has utilized CPBC’s PNC program as an outreach arm to share health resources with the surrounding community.
WASHINGTON ADVENTIST HOSPITAL
HEALTH MINISTRY NETWORK
CPBC partners with Washington Adventist Hospital as a member of their Health Ministry Network. The partnership brings training, speakers and educational resources to the church’s Health Ministry. The hospital has been a tremendous resource to the ministry in the execution of community health fairs. Conversely, CPBC has served as a host for the hospital’s Health Ministry Network trainings and gatherings.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT PROGRAM
In addition to educational materials and health related give aways, the church partners with Kaiser Permanente to offer blood pressure checks and health screenings to church and community members attending CPBC’s Project Neighbor Care initiative.
SILVER SPRING VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
LIFE SAFETY UNIT
CPBC collaborates with the Life Safety Unit of the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department to offer free CPR and first Aide classes to the church and community. The local volunteer fire department has been an integral part of the church’s community health fairs and senior care initiatives. The partnership provides literature, pill boxes, safety night lights, smoke detector installations and home safety checks for seniors and other members of the community.
Founded in 1988, Bethesda Cares is a community outreach program with a mission to respond with compassion and creativity to the problem of homelessness. They assist persons in order to prevent impending homelessness in Montgomery County. CPBC is partnering with Bethesda Cares to offer assistance with transitional housing, meals, clothing, and psychiatry/counseling services to homeless men and women in the Long Branch community.