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 continue to support our four local missions: Family Promise, Inside-Out Youth Services, Los Pobres, and One Nation Walking Together. All these missions are relational and we support them financially as well as with in-kind gifts and by volunteering our time. During this pandemic we have also kept in touch by way of ZOOM. Additionally, we collect aluminum cans to support our youth, sell fair trade coffee to support our brothers and sisters across the border, and during May and the first week of June we have collected items to fill 52 bags with supplies for our local homeless sisters and brothers.

Family Promise is still working to provide for the homeless families in our community. The program looks a little different as our church facilities aren’t open for the church rotation system that has been in place for over 20 years. Luckily, the new facility, New Promise, opened up before COVID-19 hit with a vengeance. The staff had to be flexible to meet the present needs. Currently, they have 4 families living at the Day House who were in the former rotational program which is stationary at the time; 2 families in transitional housing; and 16 families in the New Promise facility. Each stage has different needs; however, the main purpose is to provide for our homeless families and get them off the street and out of their cars.
New Promise operates in a remodeled motel-style building and the church rotation program is on pause during COVID-19.
 
Luckily, New Promise received some grant funding to help with the staffing of this NEW program and I believe there are only 2 in the whole nation. However, they still need donations to make it easier on the families. Because of the restrictions put on by COVID-19, it is difficult to provide ready-made meals. The best way to support is to provide $25 gift cards to Safeway (as that is their neighborhood grocer).
New Promise can also use donations of cleaning supplies. They can use hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Inside-Out Youth Services – Things are going well as far as the adults (and volunteers) are concerned. They stay in touch with the kids who have access to computers in a myriad of creative ways. At least two of the paid staff work to keep non-wired kids in the loop. In June Nancy will be attending a ZOOM training for trusted adults dealing with vaping.

El Centro de Los Pobres (immigrants & low income) Faye will be meeting with Sister Nancy to deliver the King Soopers cards that have been collected. This totaled $1175. Even though Los Pobres hasn’t opened back up, Sister Nancy is still in social distancing contact with many who count on Los Pobres.

One Nation Walking Together -Judy reported that they need canned goods and will run a food drive when we are back in the facility. In the meantime, if you wish you may make a canned food donation directly; 3150 N Nevada Dr.

Homeless Bags – Thank you to folks who donated items to Jerima’s mission of Sandwiches and Smiles. These items are distributed once a month in Memorial Park.

We are proudly a United Church of Christ “5 for 5” congregation! The Christmas Fund – Neighbors in Need – Our Church’s Wider Mission – One Great Hour of Sharing – Strengthen the Church.

Budget – We have met all nine of our quarterly financial commitments. Thanks to the folks who pledge to our Mission budget.