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 Lenten Special Giving

Los Pobres Center. The mission of Los Pobres is to serve the immigrant poor and local indigent citizens by providing those things necessary for survival. Between March 2 and April 10, if you are able, purchase a $25 Walmart gift card and mail it to Vista Grande UCC PO Box 26030 Colorado Springs, CO 80936-6030 or put these in the offering plate at VGUCC. These will be distributed to the families that Los Pobres serves in Pueblo.
 

Food Drive

From March 1 through April 30, One Nation Walking Together are hosting its Annual Food Drive, with the goal of collecting 10,000 pounds of food. Each box of cereal, each can of soup, each jar of baby food–each and every item of nonperishable food is very much needed and most appreciated.  No donation is too small to make a difference. Food items can be dropped off at Vista Grande on Sundays or deliver to Judy Druelinger at 5150 Windgate Ct.
 

Family Promise at NEW PROMISE

“We had a successful Hope, Hearts, and Home event at Boot Barn Concert Hall on Feb 27! It was fantastic to see our supporters and staff all come together and celebrate 25 years of serving Colorado Springs families!! Perhaps you can join us LIVE in 2023.”
 
Family Promise is still looking at the pros and cons of the old model of Interfaith Hospitality. The two years of COVID has brought new ideas of how to serve our families who are experiencing homelessness. The NEW PROMISE Center has been a God-send.
 
Our Family Promise supporters are still providing meals from Mon.—Fri.
Lately, Family Promise has provided special events (with food, of course.)
Family Promise also provides educational classes for the adults and crafty stuff for the kids. 16-20 families are served weekly. Your dollars help give these families a place to call “home.”
 

Spreading Sandwiches and Smiles (SS&S)

Every month (the 2nd Sunday at 1 p.m.) Jerima and her helpers go to Dorchester Park to greet the homeless community and offer them some water and a sandwich. They may have blankets and socks too. They collect donations all month long. So if you want to help out, call Jerima at 719-649-8684