At One House at a Time (OHAAT) our Mission is to help families establish (or reestablish) self-sufficient lives by providing them with the necessities of a functional home environment. OHAAT currently runs a program called Beds for Kids (BFK), which provides disadvantaged children living in the Philadelphia area with a basic, but overlooked, need. Every child in the program receives a twin bed, bedding, and supplementary items that encourage healthy bedtime habits, like books, toothbrushes and stuffed animals. OHAAT purchases the beds from various manufacturers, and bedding and supplementary items are donated, sorted, and packaged by individuals and partner organizations—churches, social groups, and businesses. Everything is delivered directly to the homes of children in need, thanks to OHAAT’s 15-foot box truck and 100+ volunteers.
Here at Jarrettown United Methodist Church, we help OHAAT throughout the year in one or more of the following ways: By Donating Funds: A donation of just $211 provides a child with a twin-size bed frame, box spring, mattress, mattress cover, sheet set, blanket, pillow, book pack, stuffed animal, and toothbrush. Checks should be addressed to “One House at a Time” and mailed to 411 Susquehanna Rd. Ambler, PA 19002. Donations can also be made by credit card on OHAAT’s website,www.ohaat.org/donate. By Donating Sheets and Blankets: Help collect new or like-new sheets and blankets (twin only). A collection bin for donations is located in the JUMC Mission Center. By Donating Gently Used Books appropriate for teen readers.
By Volunteering with Jarrettown the second Saturday of each month (meet in the church parking lot at 7 am): As a delivery volunteer, you’ll help transport beds from OHAAT’s storage facility in Huntingdon Valley to several homes of children living in and around Philadelphia. If you’re interested in helping, please contact the church office.
One House at a Time Sew-Haat – The group meets the first Saturday of each month from 9-11 am to make pillowcases (except December). Anyone is welcome to help – all skill levels. Meetings are held at Jarrettown Church in the Library. We invite you to come help us make pillowcases and no-sew blankets for children who are receiving a new bed through OHAAT. There are plenty of jobs for everybody, whether you have a sewing machine to bring or not.
In many cases, this bed is the first one a child has ever had! In other cases, illness has drained the family finances or domestic abuse has necessitated a quick escape with very few possessions. It is a joy to watch children’s faces light up when they realize that they can choose a special pillowcase for their very own. For information contact Nancy Larsen.