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One House At A Time

By collecting castoff goods from Philadelphia's upscale neighborhoods, a congregation furnishes ...

One typical trash day in 1998, Faith Fenderson noticed her neighbors had put their old, but still useable, dining-room chairs alongside the garbage. "I bet someone can use them," she thought. And she had some idea of exactly who.

Fenderson's social-ministry-minded congregation, Upper Dublin Evangelical Lutheran, Ambler, Pa., enjoys a fruitful partnership with Iglesia Luterano Nueva Creacion, Philadelphia, which serves many low-income families.

Two weeks after she saw the chairs, Fenderson was driving past a moving sale and felt compelled to stop. When she mentioned the needs of Nueva Creacion families for household items, the woman holding the sale donated all her unsold goods to the cause.


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