Southport Presbyterian Donates $7,000 toward BPH Challenge Grant

In keeping with a goal to continue to expand its Mission Ministry outreach as a “Matthew 25” congregation, Southport Presbyterian Church (SPC) contributed $7,000 this month toward a $25,000 challenge grant to retire the mortgage for the Brunswick Partnership for Housing (BPH) Felton-Russell House transitional housing facility on 11th St. in Southport.

Shown from left to right in the check presentation are BHP Executive Director Sally Learned, SPC Missions Ministry members, Laura Cacchione & Jane Henderson, and Ministry Chair Bob Lambert.  Other photos show one of the transitional housing units in the Felton-Russell House.

According to Bob Lambert, chair of the SPC Mission Ministry, a Matthew 25 church is a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation that has committed to living out the teachings of Jesus Christ as expressed in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, verses 31-46 in which Jesus says that those who feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned are doing it for him.

Over the past several years SPC has been working with individuals facing homelessness to provide funds to cover many nights of emergency respite shelter for clients at cooperating local motels.  In 2022, SPC donated $40,000 toward the initial renovations for the Felton-Russell House.

BPH completed renovations and opened the Felton-Russell House in July 2023. The house includes four transitional housing units, a laundry room, and office space for the organization. The grounds include parking, open space for residents and their children, and a vegetable garden. It provides transitional housing for homeless families with children and homeless hospital discharges.