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 for the 1st quarter.

Inside Out Youth Services

Nancy reported that she took 25 masks to Inside-Out. Linda, a friend of Maggie Jusell’s, donated these masks. Jerima is making Paracord Rainbow Bracelets for Inside-Out. https://www.insideoutys.org/youth/

One Nation Walking Together

by Judy Druelinger
Here is the list of things that One Nation Walking Together is requesting at this time. The 53 Foot semi-truck  will be going to The Lower Brule’ Indian Reservation to benefit the Lower Brule’ Lakota Tribe.

School Supplies see the flyer

Nonperishable Food: Canned meats, SPAM, tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage, corned beef hash, chili, broth (chicken, beef & vegetable), soups & stews, prepared boxed meals, coffee, tea, boxed & evaporated milk, cereals, pancake mix & syrup, pasta, pasta sauce, canned and packaged beans, rice, peanut butter, jelly & preserves, canned vegetables & fruits, sugar, flour, baby food & formula.

Household and Personal Care: Towels, Bedding-sheets, Small Spray Bottles, New Underwear, blankets & comforters, Liquid Hand Soap, New Bed Pillows, Children’s clothing, Hand Sanitizer Baby Diapers, Baby &  Adult Wipes, Paper Products, Gloves, Hygiene/Toiletries, Masks (disposable & fabric), Thermometers, Feminine Hygiene Products, Cleaning Products, Shoes (no high heels), Sewing Machines    

NO ADULT CLOTHING
                            
For more info: 719-329-0251. Monetary donations are also needed to help transport these essential items to those in need. To make your difference: https://www.onenationwt.org/
Drop off donations Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9am – 3pm.
Drop off or mail your donation to
ONWT
3150 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

ONWT receives a quarterly check from our mission budget.

Los Pobres

by Faye Gallegos
Los Pobres holds a clinic on Tuesdays in the morning and is open for rent and utilities assistance. It is open on Thursday afternoons for rice and beans.
Our Lenten Special Giving … Between Feb 17 and April 4, 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 Attn: John Tinsley. These will be distributed to the families that Los Pobres serves in Pueblo.
Los Pobres also receives a quarterly check from our mission budget.

Family Promise

by Donna Bristow
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN): Family Shelter (High Barrier – Families must qualify) Our Interfaith Hospitality Network was greatly impacted by COVID-19, with our congregational rotation being suspended on March 15th, 2020 to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and families. We originally anticipated this suspension lasting 8-12 weeks, and with COVID-19 continuing to spike and affect our community, the hosting rotation continues to be suspended through February 2021. During this same timeframe, our Day House closed to public and continues to have restricted access to ensure we are providing the safest accommodations possible to the four guest families in our IHN program. We are proud that while some similar programs around the nation suspended their services in response to COVID-19, we were agile and diligent in ensuring we were able to safely continue to serve families without reducing capacity, and in fact increased capacity for almost three months. From March 15th through May 12th, we had our four IHN families in “scatter site” accommodations, with two of our families utilizing transitional homes at Mount St. Francis, and two of our families staying in the basement at the New Promise Family Shelter. In the beginning of May, with no end of COVID-19 in sight, we made the decision to adjust our operations to sustain through the pandemic longer term. We moved our operational offices (CEO, Director of Development, Director of Operations, and Volunteer Manager) out of the IHN Day House and relocated them to the basement at the New Promise Family Shelter and moved our Bookkeeping workstation and IHN Family Services Manager’s offices to the combined offices upstairs. This freed up space to transition three of the offices and the quiet room into bedrooms for IHN Guest Families.
 
In May, we successfully reengaged our congregational partners (both host and support) in providing meals to our IHN families. From March 15th through mid-May, our congregational partners provided financial support, gift cards, and continued to support this program; however, we recognized the importance of continuing to engage our amazing volunteers, and that the costs of meals for our IHN families was not going to be sustainable long term. Currently, our congregational partners are following their designated Host weeks in providing three prepared dinners per week, and the supplies for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the full week. We have collaboratively scaled meal delivery back from seven nights a week in May to five nights a week in September, to the status quo of three nights a week. We found that this alleviated food waste, and food storage capacity issues. Congregations have also supported our guest families through provisions of grocery gift cards, cash donations, and restaurant gift cards in lieu of meal delivery when this worked better for the volunteers.
IHN Day House 519 North Tejon Street,
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
New Promise Family Shelter
1647 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
https://familypromise.org/
Family Promise also receives a quarterly check from our mission budget.

Spreading Smiles and Sandwiches

by Jerima King
In kind items for Smiles and Sandwiches 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: warm coats, blankets, individually wrapped snacks, toiletries. Check out the website for other items.

Spreading Smiles and Sandwiches continues to serve our homeless community at Dorchester Park on the second Sunday of each month at 1pm.  We have been delivering food, toiletries, and clothes for over three years.

We arrive about 1pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month to provide bagged lunches and more to those in need.  The time we leave depends on how many show up to get a meal.  Sometimes we are done by 2pm and other times we are there until 3pm.

We serve from the back of our vehicles.  We have several vehicles to keep the lines down and to help with social distancing.  
Please help with donations and/or help setting up and distribution of items for our unhoused neighbors, at Dorchester Park.

Needs list-

  • Coats, Warm clothes, Blankets, Tarps, Footwear
  • Canned food, Snacks (individual packs), Oranges and bananas
  • Small sized shampoo/bodywash, Toilet paper, Bottled water
  • Clean reclosable gallon and 1/2 gallon containers

Thanks for any and all your help🙏🙏

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jerima King; 719-649-8684