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2023 Fall Happy Hour FUNraiser 


*Images courtesy of Victoria Heffline-Ritter (follow or contact on Instagram @urbanity_chic)

On October 5, 2023, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities and Pottstown area community gathered at the Rivet Canteen and Assembly  for food, friends, and fun. Guests enjoyed a “taste of our town” during an evening of food from a variety of our favorite local restaurants under one roof along with local seasonal beer and wine tastings, DJ entertainment, gift baskets, and prizes. 

Food and Drinks from:  

  • Corropolese | Italian Bakery & Deli
  • Valentino’s
  • Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches
  • Railroad Street Bar and Grill
  • El Limon Taqueria
  • Giovanni’s 724
  • Better on the Bone
  • JJ Ratigan Brewing
  • Stony Run Winery: Awarded Best Wine in the State —Philadelphia Sommelier Challenge 2021
  • Charlotte Street Coffee
  • And more! 

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities works to transform lives by offering basic need and self-sufficiency programs centered around food security, housing stability, and supportive services to improve people’s socio-economic stability in the greater Pottstown area. Proceeds from the event supported the mission of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities and their work with local individuals and families in need of food security, housing stability, and supportive services. Services help neighbors in need transition beyond crisis and towards stability and self-sufficiency. 

Annual Event Video 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2023  

 

POTTSTOWN CLUSTER OUTREACH CENTER CLOSES FOR EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE
Intentional vandalism causes a disruption in food services.

Pottstown, PA– Intentional vandalism of the Pottstown Cluster Outreach Center resulted in an infestation on Tuesday morning, August 15. The Pottstown Cluster immediately closed the Outreach Center for emergency facility maintenance, suspended food services, contacted the police, and consulted with several remediation providers.

The Pottstown Cluster food service programs are committed to safe and quality food procurement, storage, and distribution. The most effective and environmentally conscientious organization has been selected to provide emergency remediation services. Fumigation will take place on Thursday and Friday August 24 and 25.

“Safety is our top priority. The scheduled remediation presents no risk to our neighbors or the environment, though as a precaution, no one will be allowed on the property while these experts do their important work. Please know, we have notified the Health Department, the Borough, our neighbors, and our community partners,” said Jacqui Good, PCRC Executive Director.

In spite of these challenges, the Pottstown Cluster remains committed to food security and the community. Through their Supportive Services Center at Wainman House, they have been offering pantry patrons one-time special assistance through their Emergency Special Assistance Program and disbursing school backpacks.

Updates and reopening information will be available at pottstowncluster.org. Service recipients with questions can contact a temporary emergency number between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.: 267-649-2010.  Questions about this temporary disruption of operations, can be directed to Jacqui Good, Executive Director at 484-925-1660.

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities was founded in 1967 by a coalition of churches wanting to address hunger and now operates as an independent nonprofit. Today, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities provides Food Security, Housing Stability, and Supportive Services and Education to address basic needs as well as improve overall stability of persons within and beyond the greater Pottstown area. In 2022, the Cluster served 4,452 households from their food pantry and reviewed 2,979 requests for help to prevent eviction. The housing team works with over 400 landlords to establish stable tenants, making the Pottstown Cluster an important link in the long-term success of affordable housing property owners. The Pottstown Cluster is the only food redistribution organization (RDO) in Montgomery County, distributing more than 570,000 pounds of food to more than 2,800 households annually. For more information, visit pottstowncluster.org.

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UPDATED LOCATION! Meet us on the front porch of 61 North Franklin Street (right next door to our Outreach Center) to pick up a bookbag this Friday, August 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Bookbags available beginning August 18 and until supplies last. Days and hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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To better serve our community, we have enhanced our food services by adding Wednesday evening hours. For more information about planning your visit and receiving food, please visit: pottstowncluster.org/foodpantry.

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Join us for one of our monthly CareerLink events. This Thursday, July 13 all are welcome to attend for employment resources and career support! Register today for your PA CareerLink Montgomery County appointment at the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.

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Thanks to support from people like you, we are able to move individuals and families beyond crisis and toward stability. We invite you to join us in our mission by showcasing your support. Make a contribution of any amount and your name will be featured on the Beyond Crisis Page of Support on our website this summer. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to ending hunger and housing instability in our community and promoting self-sufficiency. Will you join us?

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On Thursday, April 30, 2023, The Pottstown of Religious Communities hosted the annual Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk at Riverfront Park in Pottstown. Participants joined the 1-mile walk as individual walkers and created walk teams walk to raise awareness about local and global food insecurity as well as raise funds. The annual Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk is the heart and “sole” of Pottstown. It is the only event that brings together all members of our community — young and old, all faiths and walks of life for a common goal — to end hunger, one step at a time.

The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk is a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk supports the mission of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities as twenty-five percent of funds raised will support local efforts to provide food security to those in need in the Pottstown area. The funds raised are administered by Church World Services and seventy-five percent is directed to international hunger.

More details and a full list of participants and teams can be found here: events.crophungerwalk.org/2023/event/pottstownpa

Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk raises money to provide food locally, internationally
Channel 69 News WFMZ Coverage

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POTTSTOWN, PA, March 15, 2023 – The board of directors appointed Jacqui Good, former director of development and communications, as the executive director of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. Good follows long-time executive director, Barbara Wilhelmy, under whose leadership the Cluster experienced significant growth. “We are sad to see Barbara go, but wish her well in retirement,” said Roberta Body, board president. “We are fortunate to be able to have a seamless transition with Jacqui, who is well-poised to face the challenges for the next phase of the Cluster.”

Good is a Pennsylvania native who has worked with nonprofits since 1992, in Philadelphia, Berks, and Montgomery Counties. Her career has included fundraising, project management, communication, and operations. Since coming to the Cluster in 2020, she has doubled revenue from non-government grants and gifts. She has also been a champion for the Cluster’s work in diversity and inclusion. “It is my strong belief that if I am effective in recognizing and supporting our dedicated staff, they will be able to do their best possible work for our clients and our community,” Good said. “Together we will work to see what needs remain unmet to help our neighbors move beyond crisis and into self-sufficiency.”

She has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Good currently lives in Lancaster County with her spouse and animal family in the 1932 home that was built for her grandmother. She is the primary caregiver for her 90-year-old father, who lives close by. She spends her commute devouring audiobooks.

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities was founded in 1967 by a coalition of churches wanting to address hunger and now operates as an independent nonprofit. In 2014, the Cluster began offering services to house the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless in Montgomery County. Education and support programs have been added to help clients transition to self-sufficiency. In 2022, the Cluster served 4,452 households from our food pantry and reviewed 2,979 requests for help to prevent eviction. Our housing team works with over 400 landlords to establish stable tenants, making the Cluster an important link in the long-term success of affordable housing property owners. If you have any questions about programs or offering support, you can reach Jacqui Good at info@pottstowncluster.org. She welcomes your feedback.

 

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Jacqui Good, executive director of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.

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HELP END HUNGER ONE STEP AT A TIME IN POTTSTOWN, PA ON THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2023!

Join the 1-mile walk as an individual walker, create your own team, or join an existing team!

HELP US END HUNGER ONE STEP AT A TIME IN POTTSTOWN
Together we can make a local and global difference!

The 2023 Pottstown CROP Hunger Details:

Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 5PM to 6PM at Riverfront Park for a 1-mile walk.
Registration is FREE! All participants who raise $25 or more will receive a t-shirt!

Why Join and Why Support? The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk is the heart and “sole” of Pottstown. It is the only event that brings together all members of our community — young and old, all faiths and walks of life for a common goal — to end hunger, one step at a time! We invite you to walk to help end hunger one step at a time both locally and globally. The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk supports the mission of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities and efforts to provide food security to those in need in the greater Pottstown area. A portion of the funds raised here in Pottstown will support the work of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.

About CROP Hunger Walk: The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk is a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk supports the mission of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities as twenty-five percent of funds raised will support local efforts to provide food security to those in need in the Pottstown area. The funds raised are administered by Church World Services and seventy-five percent is directed to international hunger.

Let’s get social!

Help spread the word by sharing: pottstowncluster.org/pottstowncrophungerwalk2023

Use #PottstownCROPHungerWalk2023 and tag us @Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities when sharing or talking about the Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk on social media!

Take the first step here!

Register as a walker or create your own team 

Can’t walk this year? You can support with a secure online donation!

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