The Salem United Methodist Church Outreach Center in Council Bluffs hosts monthly Circles of Support meetings to help people cope creatively with financial, emotional, or physical challenges they face. Participants meet together at the Salem UMC Manna Campus near Lake Manawa for an informal meal to build friendships and share ideas to encourage one another.
“There are times in our lives,” they remind area residents, “when we face situations that are overwhelming.” Sometimes even everyday challenges can isolate us and keep us from realizing our potential. Circles of Support offers a way for people to overcome their problems and “Stop trying to do it alone!”
Circles of Support is one of several initiatives of Hope Net Ministries, Inc. Hope Net is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides families and individuals in Council Bluffs and the surrounding area with the tools and resources they need to break the cycles of addiction and poverty. Their mission is Helping Other People Experience hope through meeting needs and building healthy relationships.
The Southwest District provided grant assistance of $2400 in 2015 to Salem Church in support of Hope Net Ministries. These funds are made available with the apportionment gifts of United Methodist churches across the state of Iowa.