Mission and Social Justice

Our Mission Statement

Mission/Outreach is an integral part of VGUCC ministries. We will pursue opportunities that are reflective of Justice and Peace, denominational and ecumenical, local and global, participatory and financial. Our mission and outreach will make a difference – empowering recipients and inspiring givers to act in the spirit of Christ; exemplifying the 3 Great Loves: Love of Neighbor; Love of Children; Love of Creation.

We have maintained our relationships with our six local missions (The Chinook Center, Inside-Out Youth Services, Family Promise, Los Pobres, One Nation Walking Together and Smiles and Sandwiches) even during this pandemic. During Lent we contributed 46 Walmart gift cards for Los Pobres. For the second Sunday of each month, we collect water, toilet paper, snacks etc. to fill the bags for unhoused folks through Smiles and Sandwiches. We are celebrating the fact that once again, we were able to meet ALL our financial commitments.

Our 2021 Holiday Mission Fest

What was traditionally our “Warmth Tree” has been re-named this year to be our Holiday Mission Fest Tree.
Gifts can go on the tree or under the tree.
We are collecting:

  • For Chinook, The People’s Grocery: non-perishable
    Holiday and everyday food items.
  • For Family Promise: Gift cards $20 – $25 for Dominoes Pizza, Burger King, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, or 5 Guys.
    (These Fast-Food places are walking distance from Family Promise.)
  • For Inside Out Youth Services: TBA
  • For Los Pobres: Children’s socks for girls and boys; small toys for girls and boys (stocking size toys)
  • For One Nation Walking Together: Shoe Box Gifts (items that fit in one shoe box) as suggested in the separate ONWT article.

The tree will be up by Nov 28 and we would like the items by December 12.
However, we will still receive items for Chinook and Family Promise until Dec 19.
Thank you!!
 

Inside Out Youth Services

Ally Up is the major fundraiser for Inside Out. The theme for this year’s Ally Up was, Access, Equity, Power. It was a marvelous evening of learning about the need for safe/brave space for LGBTQIA2+ youth like Marshall(he/him) and celebrating 31 years of Inside Out’s impact with great performances and testimony from youth, community leaders and partners, staff, and allies. Together, we raised over $75,000 toward our goal of $100,000! This year was our second virtual Ally Up. There were over 200 viewers online and in person, over 300 unique site visits the night of the event, and 30 Ally Up watch parties hosted across the state by Inside Out’s allies and partners! Because of Ally Up, the LGBTQIA2+ youth of El Paso and Teller counties are able to access a necessary safe space through Inside Out’s evidence-backed programs. Every 100% tax-deductible contribution helps us in the fight for equity among all people, no matter their identity. We joined in building power with the LGBTQIA2+ young people of the Pikes Peak region.

Research shows that when these youth have a safe space and caring, supportive allies, they are half as likely to engage in risky behaviors. As human beings, we long for community and connectedness, and by building strong interpersonal relationships, youth are empowered, develop life skills, and grow in confidence and competence. Inside Out has been here for LGBTQIA2+  and allied youth for 31 years, and we keep expanding our capacity and community impact through adult education, outreach, and activism, all building access, equity and power for youth. 

https://www.insideoutys.org/

One Nation Walking Together

Once again Vista Grande will be supporting One Nation Walking Together’s Elder Box Program. This is a shoebox wrapped in Christmas paper, filled with a variety of useful items. Please label on the top of the box if it is for an elder man or an elder woman. Please keep the contents to $20.00 total, so that each gift is equal in value. This ensures that each recipient receives the same value of gift. Below is a list of suggested items. The dollar store is a wonderful place to get a big variety at a reasonable price.

  • Shampoo, Notepad, pens, pencils, paper, envelopes, Mittens, Lotions, Soap, Wet wipes, sanitizing wipes,
  • Comb/brush, Toothpaste & toothbrush, Nail clipper/file,
  • Thread, scissors, sewing needles,
  • Coffee, tea, mug, Pocket knife (man or woman),Greeting cards,
  • Protective masks, Postage stamps,
  • Chapstick, deodorant, Hat, gloves,
  • Tissues, handkerchief, Playing cards, Washcloth, towel, Band-aids, Warm socks, slippers, Antiseptic ointment, Small bottles of sanitizer
  • Something you feel might make it more personal & special, such as a gift card or a handmade item.

Thank you very much for supporting this mission. Please have all item to the church by Dec. 5th. You can also drop wrapped boxes off at the Druelinger’s by Dec. 5th. Our address is 5150 Windgate Court that is in the Old Farm area off of Austin Bluff. We will put a bin outside on the porch so you can leave boxes in a safe place out of the weather. We will see that these all get delivered to One Nation.
https://www.onenationwt.org/

Los Pobres

by Faye Gallegos
Los Pobres is definitely in need of BACKPACKS!

We are having better luck with school supplies, but the backpacks are in short supply.

IF you want to furnish the much needed items ( BACKPACKS, TOWELS, POTS AND PANS)….. please call Faye (717-596-3507 or email alicefaye4@hotmail.com) .

I will be most happy to arrange for pickup or leave off when you are ready. THANK YOU to all who support Los Pobres with your donations of physical items and always appreciated prayers.
Los Pobres also receives a quarterly check from our mission budget.

Family Promise

Thank you for supporting The Family Promise Walk. They surpassed their goal of $10,000 by raising over $14,000. Your donations go directly to supporting families with children under the age of 18 experiencing homelessness.
The folks at Family Promise appreciated your generous gifts toward their fundraising walk in October. Vista Grande raised $385. Thank you!
https://familypromise.org/
An update on the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) program of Family Promise.
This is the program that houses and feeds families in churches on a rotational schedule. Due to Covid, there were many changes made and a lot of juggling to support the families with housing. The meals were still provided by the host churches.
Vista Grande prepared the meal on November 1 for the folks in the IHN programs. We are still following COVID protocol.
We are optimistic that the churches will be able to host in their buildings by Spring 2022. In the meantime, Family Promise continues to provide the assistance needed to provide housing for these families.

Spreading Smiles and Sandwiches

In kind items for Sandwiches and Smiles are being collected by Nancy Morlock-Hollins.
There is a collection box on her porch at 7649 Safari Cir.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920. These items include: individually wrapped snacks, toiletries. Check out the website for other items.

http://vgcc.org/mission-and-social-justice/