Bethany Partners with the Stradch Church (Lviv region) to Provide

Direct Food Aid to War Refugees in Ukraine

 

Since February, The Stradch Church (The Greek Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary), has welcomed war refugee families to live in their retreat center, providing them with housing and all the basic necessities including three meals per day, medical and psychological care, etc. Currently they have 55 residents, 20 of whom are children between the ages of 5 months and 16 years. These families come from areas of Ukraine where there is heavy fighting. Many are traumatized. Some do not have homes to return.

 

For at least the remainder of 2022, Bethany will raise funds each month to feed these war refugees.  Currently it costs about $ 5,100 per month for food for the refugees (about $ 1.00 per person per meal). 

The Stradch Church (The Greek Catholic Church

of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Here is how you can help them:

Make your donation with PayPal

Memo box:  Please specify: Ukraine Appeal

 

Please note: All donations will go to feed the war refugees living at Stradch Church.

Make a monthly pledge

Send your name, email address, the amount you are pledging and the number of months you are making this pledge to finance@bethanyucc.org 

 

Make your donation by mailing a check

Send to: Bethany UCC Ukraine Appeal

                   1235 Broad Blvd.

                   Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

                   Check Ledger Line:  Ukraine Appeal


This year for Easter, many things had changed for the Stradch Church, as told here in a news story by Fox News.


For More Information: 

Contact Pastor Kim Mislin Cran (pastor@bethanyucc.org or Mission Committee Chair Carolyn B. Hofmann (cbhofmann53@gmail.com).  Both can be reached at 330.923.5277.

 

FAQs

 

How did Bethany Connect with the Stradch Church?

As Easter approached, Pastor Kim was looking for a video describing Ukrainian Easter customs that she could use during Story Time in Worship.  She found the perfect video of a young man, Taras Sabadash and his grandmother observing traditional Easter customs, including their trip to the Stradch Church.  Pastor Kim reached out to get permission to use the video in worship, and established a relationship with Taras.  He, in turn, told her how the Stradch Church had taken in the war refugees, and put her in touch with Pastor Ivan Koltun of the parish.  From there, they worked together so Bethany could partner with them in the care for the refugees.

Taras Sabadash and his Baba

What is the website for the Stradch Church?

Where are the refugees staying at the Stradch Church?

Due to the history of the area (much of it quite painful), the Stradch Church is a place of pilgrimage for Greek Catholics (known in the USA as Ukrainian Catholics).  Consequently the church had Pilgrim House, which is a retreat center.  This has been turned into housing for the refugees. Along with simple bedrooms, Pilgrim House has meeting rooms (where medical and psychological services are provided), and the basement has a kitchen and eating area the doubles as a bomb shelter.

Pilgrim House

Bedroom in Pilgrim House

How much has Bethany already sent to the Stradch Church?

In May Bethany sent a donation of $1,000 that was used to by kitchen supplies, including a much needed refrigerator.  In June we sent $ 1,200 that was used to buy food – the proceeds coming from our Cinco de Mayo fundraising dinner and donations.  As a small church, we know that we will be unable to raise  $5,100 per month alone, and hope that members of the community will partner with us in this outreach.

How else is Bethany Connecting with the Stradch Church?

Through weekly articles in the Connections Newsletter, congregants at Bethany are learning about life in Stradch, both for parishioners and for the refugees.  The Bethany Knitters group is knitting hats and peace dolls that will be sent to the refugees in the fall, and the Faith Formation (Sunday School) is developing ways for the young people at Bethany to connect with the young people who are now staying at the Stradch Church.

War refugees staying at the Stradch Church eating Easter Brunch together with the Stradch Church Clergy