Lots of churches are quietly doing good things. And lots of good things are getting done beyond the scope of the religious community.
However, we are seeing a little trend this week in which some faith-based communities are reaching beyond their flock to help others in the Mid-Columbia.
It's refreshing to see groups taking on projects that help the community as a whole.
When Franklin County's deputy coroners wanted to find a motorized wheelchair for Maria Ramirez, they ended up contacting the Knights of Columbus.
That's the second time in recent months a Tri-City Herald story has featured the Catholic organization's medical equipment loaner program.
Ramirez's story is heartbreaking. And some events can't be undone, like her husband's death and her paralysis. But the freedom of being able to get around in a wheelchair, well, that's doable.
The Knights of Columbus loaner program provides standard hospital room equipment including, but not limited to, hospital beds, lift chairs and shower chairs for free.
They will set up the equipment in your home and even move your furniture to make space for it. They also will come pick it up when you don't need it anymore.
And although they are a faith-based organization, you don't have to belong to The Holy Spirit Parish to use their services.
We appreciate the women who made the donation of this wheelchair happen, and we're especially grateful for the loaner program that provides medical equipment to many in the Mid-Columbia.
Sure mom or dad can tell kids to do their homework. In many homes that's the case. In some homes, not so much.
But if you get a mentor --someone young and hip and possibly flirting with celebrity status -- to help with homework, it will definitely get done. Especially if the struggling student gets to play ball when the homework's finished.
If a couple of the Tri-Cities Fever players were willing to drop by an after-school program on occasion, we would be impressed. But the fact that the program at Eastgate Elementary was started by a couple of players, well, that takes cool to a whole new level.
Lionell Singleton and Brandon Wilson were smart about it. They got the Cathedral of Joy to bolster their idea. Once again, here is a faith-based program that reaches beyond its chapel doors.
This program makes us almost want to go back to elementary school just so we can rub shoulders with these guys ... almost.
Another faith-based service that is helping people one client at a time is the Teen Challenge. The name is a little deceptive because the organization works with people of all ages.
Teen Challenge has 200 residences worldwide, where counselors help people break the chains of addiction, whether they're bound by drugs, gambling or pornography.
The Tri-Cities' home can serve 10 men and is really a starting point for the recovery. They also operate a thrift store in Pasco to provide jobs skills and raise funds for the program.
Space is limited, otherwise we could create a long list of services provided by churches that reach out to the community at large.
In many cases they relieve the suffering poor and lift up the hands that hang down. Sometimes they fill in the cracks that people would otherwise slip through.