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Past Activites

Our church has been actively involved in serving the community for the past few years.
1. Aug 2009:

A group of our youth from our church helped to clean up the woods near the Raritan River as part of the New Jersey states first annual statewide summer river cleanup activity. This activity made our youth feel more united; they were tremendously satisfied knowing that they made a difference in this world. The thank you note received from the organizer made them energized, wanting to do more volunteer work. 

2. Oct 2009
A group of 11 people from our church visited the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, located in Peapack, NJ. This is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. We were assigned to help about 40 noticeably disabled residents. When we arrived, we didn’t know how we can help those with such extreme disability. But within minutes, by the grace of God, we were able to help them to draw, play games, paint, write stories and sing in their own way. Our companionship helped them to escape from their loneliness and made them feel important.

The experience at The Matheny hit us hard mentally. We were dazed for few days; to know that a world like that existed. Among those disabled was a great story teller who needed someone to write the stories for her and a great drawing artist who needed someone to hold the paper and pencil for him, one teenager who needed a friend to talk about the all the recent electronic gadgets, one gentleman who loved us whispering to him… We couldn’t forget the faces of those angels; we couldn’t forget their innocent smiles and how helpless they are. We felt they need us more… so we decided to go back there again…

This experience made us realize the true meaning of our life here on earth… we experienced the joy in knowing the true value of our time; reward is priceless when we help the less fortunate. 

3. Nov 2009
A group of 9 people from our church painted the home of the disabled residents of the "The Arc of Somerset County", located in Hillsborough, NJ. This is a group that serves over one thousand individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our activity was to paint 4 rooms of a group home of seven residents.

The residents and the management were very appreciative of us helping to beautify their home. Most of all, they were amazed to know the existence of a Christianity community among the people of Indian origin. We left the place exceptionally satisfied, making a small difference in their lives. Although this seems as a small activity for us, for them it is great as these residents are confined inside their home most of their time. Beautiful smile bloomed on the faces of the residents gave us a lot to be happy about, one great reward for us!

Thank you letter from Arc

Hi Saly,
A great big THANK YOU to your group of volunteers that painted at the Ardsley Group Home on Saturday!! You did a fantastic job, and the residents and staff are so appreciative. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves, and The Arc would welcome St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church back anytime!!
With warm regards,

Tara
Tara Abbott
Assistant Director of Development
The Arc of Somerset County
141 S Main Street,
Manville, NJ 08835
P: 908.725.8544 x610 F: 908.704.0850
www.thearcofsomerset.org
* Where people with developmental disabilities learn to live their dreams. *

4. Mar 13, 2010
A group of 12 of our youth will provided companionship to the residents of Matheny Medical and Educational Center.

5. Mar 27, 2010
A group of 15 members from our church enjoyed more fun time with the residents of the "The Arc of Somerset County".

6. Feb 26, 2011
Location: Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, 18 Nielson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Activity: Serve Dinner
Volunteers: Robin, Danny K., Varsha, Antony, Keith, Tomy, Cyriac, Saly

7. Mar 05, 2011
Location: Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, 18 Nielson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Activity: Serve Dinner
Volunteers: Abraham, Shilpa, Nishitha, Kevin, Neethu, Thomson, Thomas Nirappel, Shali, Saly

8. Apr 02, 2011
Location: The Arc of Somerset County, 1 Ardsley road, Hillsborough , NJ 08844
Activity: Painting the interior of a group home of the disabled.
Volunteers: Thomas Cherian, Jose Joseph (Vijayan), Sally Vijayan, James Joseph, Jose James, Nikitha, Sunny Joseph, Alex Crispin, Cyriac and Saly.

https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/HousePaintingAtTheArc?authkey=Gv1sRgCMrgnYyIkdSxIA&feat=email

9. Apr 21, 2011
Location: The People Care Center (Adult Day Center) of Somerset County, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Activity: Help the residents to enjoy and participate in an Easter Party.
Volunteers: Mariya, Ranjeet, Luke, Abraham, Leia, Divya, Saumya, Tommy, Antony, Varsha, Jojo, Femina and Saly.
Thankyou letter: AdultDayCare.pdf

https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/CommunityServiceAdultDaycareCente...

10. Aug 30, 2011

Location: Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, 18 Nielson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Activity: Serve Dinner
Volunteers: Brandon, Brittany, Brianna, Sneha, Sophia, Visak, Luke, Thomas Karimatton Uncle, Suja Perumpail & Saly.

11. Nov 19, 2011
A group of children and adults provided companionship to the residents of Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ
Volunteers: Joshua, Luke, Neethu, Ranjeet, Varsha, Sneha, Saumya, Danny, Mercy, Shali, Cyriac and Saly.

12. Dec 17, 2011
Location: Bridgeway Care Nursing Home (Bridgewater, NJ)
Activity: Carol Singing
Volunteers: Shawn Menachery, Augustine George, Peter Joseph, Crystal Joseph, Varsha Cyriac, Antony Cyriac, Jojo Pulikeyil, Sophie Cherayil, Maryann Cherayil, Julia John, Amy Kuriakose, Danny Kuriakose, Mariya George, Ranjeet George, Sophia Chirayil, Joseph Chirayil, Thomas James, Keith Thadikkaran, Kenny Thadikkaran, Priya Pasricha, Abu Thomas, Julia Chakkupurackal, John Chakkupurackal, Joshua Payyapilly, Jason Payyappilly, Leia Abraham, Jovlin Jose, Jovial Jose, Saumya Thudiyil, Rose Martin, Merin Kalapurackal, John Kalapurackal, Robin George, Sini Kalapurackal, Roy Thadikkaran, Jolly Thadikkaran, Saly Cyriac, Cyriac Antony and George Varkey

https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/ChristmasCarolBridgewayCare2011?a...

13. Dec 27, 2011

Location: Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, 18 Nielson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Activity: Serve Dinner
Volunteers: Brittany, Varsha, Neethu, Danny P., Luke, Sneha, Jojo P., Cyriac and Saly.

14. Jan 07, 2012 
A group of 12 of our youth provided companionship to the residents of Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ.
Volunteers: Vileena, Veslyne, Reshma, James, Jose, Joyal, Nilu, Crystal, Tara and Mariya

15. Jan 14, 2012
A group of 6 youth and 4 adults painted the group home of the disabled of the ARC of Somerset county located in Bridgewater, NJ. Volunteers: Vileena, Veslyne, Reshma, Sumi, Tara, Chris, Vijayan (Jose), Salimma, Cyriac and Saly

https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/PaintingAtTheARC14Jan2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCK7z7uSF7KmmbA&feat=email


16. Mar 31, 2012
A group of 18 adults from our church cooked and served meal for about 100 people at the Elijah's promise Soup Kitchen.
Location: Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, 18 Nielson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Activity: Cook and Serve Dinner
Volunteers: Shali John, Reeya George, Robin George, Mariamma Karimattom, Bindhu Sojimon, Manju Lego, Dennis Renny, Cyriac Antony, Saly Cyriac, Shine Stephen, Glory Varghese, Remy Chirayil, Mercy James, Paulose Kannai, Nisha Jose, Smitha Jose, Shince and Leena.

https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/SoupKitchenMar312012?authkey=Gv1s...

17. Apr 05, 2012 
Location: The People Care Center (Adult Day Center) of Somerset County, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 
Activity: Help the residents to enjoy and participate in an Easter Party.
Volunteers: Danny P., Danny K., Brittany, Brianna, Brandon, Antony, Varsha, Sophia, Jovlin, Joshua, Jojo Pulikeyil, Suja Perumpail and Saly.
https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/ADCApr2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCKShvLHD...


18. Apr 28, 2012 
Location: Arc of Somerset County, Hillsborough, NJ
Paint the work area of the disabled.
Volunteers: Thomas Padavil, Omana Padavil, Jerry Kuriakose, Joy Chettan (Cherian Alexander), Mariamma Chechy, Alex Crispin, James Mathew, Jose Antony, Beena Jose, Saly Cyriac.

https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/ArcPaintingApr28?authkey=Gv1sRgCO...

19. Nov 17, 2012
Location: Arc of Somerset County, Bridgewater, NJ
Activity: Paint the work area of the disabled.
Volunteers: Thomson Thomas, Ani Thomas, James George, Saly Cyriac

https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/November172012?authkey=Gv1sRgCI_v...

20. Dec 15, 2012
Location: Bridgeway Care Nursing Home (Bridgewater, NJ)
Activity: Carol Singing Grace Alexander, Isaac Alexander, Leona Anithanam, Gracious Anithanam, George Benoy, Jasmine Chennattu, Sophie Cherayil, Maryann Cherayil, Joseph Chirayil, Antony Cyriac, Varsha Cyriac, Augustine George, Jerine George, Jovlin Jose, Jovial Jose, Peter Joseph, Amy Kuriakose, Danny Kuriakose, Elizabeth Kuriakose, Rose Martin, Hannah Manjooran, Shawn Menachery, Sangeeth Menachery, Namitha Nixon, Priya Pasricha, Joshua Payyapilly, Jaison Payyappilly, Brianna Perumpail, Brittany Perumpail, Abel Stephen, Kevin Stephen, Ryan Stephen, Kenny Thadikkaran, Abu Thomas, Remy Chirayil, Deepa George, Martin George, Shine Stephen, Gigi Jose, Roy Thadikkaran, Jolly Thadikkaran, Saly Cyriac

https://picasaweb.google.com/emailsaly/NursingHomeCarol2012_2?authkey=Gv... https://plus.google.com/photos/114588827519641138095/albums/582349490062...


21. Jan 2013 Our parishioners provided companionship to the residents of Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ. https://plus.google.com/photos/117495062290161759932/albums/583941253378... https://plus.google.com/photos/117495062290161759932/albums/583275589841...

22. Apr 2013 Our parishioners provided companionship to the residents of Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ. https://plus.google.com/photos/117495062290161759932/albums/597296241550...

23. Dec 2013
Location: Bridgeway Care Nursing Home (Bridgewater, NJ)
Our Children singing carol at the Nursing home.
https://plus.google.com/photos/117495062290161759932/albums/595736781049...

24. Jan 2014
Our Marian Mothers served at the Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, 18 Nielson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 https://plus.google.com/photos/117495062290161759932/albums/597292244824...