Laundry Love Dates
January 26, 2019
February 23, 2019
March 23, 2019
April 27, 2019
Our Laundry Love ministry provides some economic relief by giving the individual or family the option to redirect funds they would normally spend on laundry toward food, medical, gas or transportation costs as well as school supplies and other basic, everyday necessities.
Laundry Love is also relational. Laundry Love “believes that through the neutral space of a laundromat, every guest and stranger can become a friend. This idea tears at the labeled constructs of “us” and “them” and erodes the societal, economic and cultural divides that separate people.” We see this ministry as a meaningful way to begin new friendships and partner with the neighborhoods near us.
Beginning a Laundry Love ministry is a good fit with Grace’s other ministries that seek the health and well-being of its neighbors. Unwashed clothes and bedding can become a storehouse for parasites, bacteria and viruses that can threaten the health of children, the elderly and people with low resistance due to poor nutrition and lack of proper healthcare. According to the Laundry Love organizers, “We hear from partner organizations about the emotional strain that unwashed clothing places on homeless or low income children and youths. The typical teasing that occurs in an elementary or junior high setting is heightened when a young person’s clothing emits an unpleasant odor. LL exists to help prevent the physical and emotional strain that poor health and hygiene places on the under resourced living in our neighborhoods, cities and world.”
Excerpts from the Laundry Love Guide available at http://laundrylove.org