Founded in 1988, our Plumb Line ministry today is one of our congregation's primary ministries. It is administered by volunteers and funded by the cathedral's Mission Endowment Fund and the Outreach Committee. Volunteers work out of a cathedral office to help people who are facing eviction from their homes or who are in need of a gift from our food pantry. Fifteen social service agencies refer people to the Plumb Line. We serve more than 300 people a year. In 2010, we contributed over $90,000 to the work of the Plumb Line.
About the Ministry
The name of the ministry comes from Scripture. Just as God used a plumb line to the help the Hebrews live righteous lives, the Plumb Line volunteers strive to "straighten the walls" within Cincinnati by giving rental assistance to those at risk of being evicted.
For more information, contact Toni Grate.
It's in the Bag: Plumb Line Meals
Members of the congregation help support the ministry by contributing non-perishable food and personal care items to the Plumb Line cupboard for distribution to those seeking help. Your contributions to the food pantry are most welcome. While any non-perishable food donation is welcome at any time, Plumb Line volunteers have come up with a new twist to this donation effort -- Meals in a Bag. Beginning November 9, members and friends of the congregation will find bags in the large collection box in the narthex. The bags will contain a list of items that together create a family meal. The cost of the recommend items will average between $5 and $10.
The suggested meals will generally include a meat, vegetable, fruit and type of dessert. (See below for possible meal ideas.) However, the planned meals are only a suggestion. Members are encouraged to be creative, putting together different combinations of food items to make hearty meals for those in need. (Only donate items that come in cans, boxes or packages -- no jars please.) It's a fun way to make a contribution. It's in the bag.
Sample Meals in a Bag
Canned Beef Stew
Canned green beans
Box of cookies
Cream of mushroom soup
Bag of noodles
Canned black-eyed peas
Box of corn bread
Box of chocolate pudding mix
Also, the Plumb Line ministry is also accepting donations of family size personal care items for holiday gift bags. Read more.