Please mark October 23 – 30 on your calendar in case you might like to volunteer! Think about how you can support this effort.
Thank you all for your amazing support of Family Promise when IUCC hosted a family without housing in June. Congregation members volunteered to bring evening meals, stayed overnight, loaned toys, and shopped for breakfast/lunch items. We couldn’t have done it without you!!
For those of you who do not know, Family Promise of Orange County is an amazing interfaith organization helping families experiencing homelessness achieve housing stability. They partner with local congregations to house and support families while they provide intensive case management to get them back on their feet. Through the amazing efforts of Bil Aulenbach, Family Promise was able to obtain a shower trailer that can be moved from church to church. Family Promise also works with donors to stabilize families, providing counseling, groceries, and gas gift cards. In addition to their work with current clients, they focus on maintaining their “graduates” who have moved to independent housing.
IUCC’s Mission & Service, with the support of the Ministries and Administrative Boards, will open Plumer Hall to Family Promise families for a week in October. We will once again have the support of Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation who will be providing meals for 2 nights out of the week. The Family Promise Shower Trailer will be on site!
You could sign up to:
- Provide a main dish, veggie or salad on a night of your choice. (Dropping off the food item is fine.) • Loan toys and games for the children.
- Shop for breakfast and lunch items.
- Be an overnight host. We need one or two people each night (sleeping on a blowup mattress in either the library or the youth room OR in your own RV in the parking lot). The overnight folks will arrive at 7:00 p.m. and leave the following morning at 7:00 a.m.
- Be a dinner host. Arrive at 5:30 p.m., make sure the tables are ready for our guests, set out the food items, put all leftovers away, and stay until the overnight person arrives at 7:00 p.m.
By the middle of October, we should know exactly how many adults and children will be staying with us. We expect 2 or 3 families.
Look for the Mission & Service information table after church. If you can’t help directly, donations to support Family Promise can be made through your church offering (memo: Family Promise). If you donate to IUCC online, you can indicate Family Promise as the recipient of any amount you choose.
We hope you will join with us to make our guests feel welcome and safe at IUCC. The Mission and Service Ministry is immensely thankful for your support of this important work to help homeless children and parents.