Christian Hill Community Church
Christian Hill Community Church is receiving our Community Hero Award for creating a regional Red Cross shelter at their church and for their partnership with the Red Cross.
Dave Simas and Michelle Messier from Christian Hill Community Church had a strong desire to put together a disaster relief project in partnership with the American Red Cross. The church’s Disaster Relief Ministry was always able to offer some food and clothing to people in need and to give them a quiet space in the sanctuary where staff was available if they needed to talk, or pray. In partnering with the Red Cross, the Disaster Relief Ministry made it possible to help many more people when disaster strikes. The partnership provided the Red Cross with a space to register fire victims from the 38 condo units destroyed in a Warwick fire in 2016.
The church desired to do more, to create a Red Cross Regional Disaster Shelter to help the Rhode Island community. Led by the efforts of Dave and Michelle, the Church received a grant to transform part of their church into the shelter. Construction is already underway and they are looking forward to helping more people in the future.
When asked what it means for them to be a hero, Dave and Michelle said: “A hero is someone who puts others needs before their own, a person with a servant's heart.” And as a community they will always be serving: “We are always in operation in our Ministries and will continue to do so, as long as God gives us the ability and the resources. We do not have just one person to serve or one story to tell but many.”