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 are celebrating the fact that we were able to meet ALL our financial commitments for 2020! We have maintained our relationships with our four local missions (Inside-Out Youth Services, Family Promise, Los Pobres and One Nation Walking Together) even during this pandemic. In 2021 we are adding two more local missions: Sandwiches and Smiles (a once a month distribution of emergency food and clothing for homeless people) and The Chinook Center (a safe place for racial/social justice groups to gather.

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
One Nation Walking Together like many non-profits has been impacted by the virus. still accepts donations and does give some things to Los Pobres. https://www.onenationwt.org/
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
Hope, Hearts and Home fundraising luncheon on Sunday, February 28th. Vista Grande has reserved a virtual table for 8. https://familypromise.org/
Family Promise also receives a quarterly check from our mission budget.

Spreading Smiles and Sandwiches

by Jerima King
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’ve changed the way we are doing things but are still doing as much as we can while keeping our volunteers safe.  We are no longer receiving donations at the park. Please take donations to Nancy Morlock-Hollins’ house drop box; 7649 Safari Cir., 80920 (in Briargate)

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