Donation to Freedom House

Freedom HouseAt the October 18th Quarterly Business Meeting, the congregation approved the Mission Team’s recommendation to donate $2,500 to Freedom House. This money comes from the remaining $5,000 of the mission designated monies from the Annex sale.

Freedom House is a non-profit organization with a mission “to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human-trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare.” They operate The Monarch in San Mateo County for women and The Nest in Santa Clara County for minors. We requested that our donation be directed to support The Nest as it is located in our county and serves girls from ages 12 – 17.

The impact that our donation can provide is as follows:

  • $145 provides basic clothing and shoes to meet a new survivor’s immediate needs
  • $264 provides eight survivors with basic school supplies
  • $570 provides counseling for one survivor for a month
  • $1,280 provides food for six survivors for one month
  • $2,500 provides housing for six survivors for one month.

Human trafficking is a real problem here in our own “neighborhood.” The issue is being addressed with local businesses as preparations are being made for the Super Bowl. The arrest of 8 pimps and 52 johns in the Bay Area occurred just a few weeks ago as part of a national investigation. We hope to bring Charlotte Jackson, who attended an 8-hour training last spring, to speak with us in order to educate us further about the issue. Thanks go to Susan Bradley and Charlotte Jackson for helping the Mission Team make this recommendation.

Carolyn Shepard

September Mission Offering Update: Opportunity Center (9/30/15)

Opportunity CenterOur special offering for September is for the Opportunity Center of Palo Alto. The Center functions as a service to the wider community by providing a creative response to homeless related problems and offering opportunities for the community to respond to those needs. Its highest concern is to provide a positive and caring environment that respects the dignity of every person. The Opportunity Center itself has 88 units of housing for both single adults and families. It provides a wide variety of services to assist with basic needs and to enable people to find stability in their lives and housing.

To date we have raised $353 toward our goal of $600

September Mission Offering Update: Opportunity Center (9/23/15)

Opportunity CenterOur special offering for September is for the Opportunity Center of Palo Alto. The Center functions as a service to the wider community by providing a creative response to homeless related problems and offering opportunities for the community to respond to those needs. Its highest concern is to provide a positive and caring environment that respects the dignity of every person. The Opportunity Center itself has 88 units of housing for both single adults and families. It provides a wide variety of services to assist with basic needs and to enable people to find stability in their lives and housing.

To date we have raised $258 toward our goal of $600

September Mission Offering Update: Opportunity Center (9/16/15)

Opportunity CenterOur special offering for September is for the Opportunity Center of Palo Alto. The Center functions as a service to the wider community by providing a creative response to homeless related problems and offering opportunities for the community to respond to those needs. Its highest concern is to provide a positive and caring environment that respects the dignity of every person. The Opportunity Center itself has 88 units of housing for both single adults and families. It provides a wide variety of services to assist with basic needs and to enable people to find stability in their lives and housing.

To date we have raised $158 toward our goal of $600

September Mission Offering: Opportunity Services Center

Opportunity CenterOur special offering for September supports the Opportunity Services Center, our local center of InnVision Shelter Network, which addresses the needs of the homeless in our area. The Opportunity Services Center is located at 33 Encina Avenue in Palo Alto, between Town and Country Village and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. It functions as a service to the wider community by providing a creative response to homeless-related problems and offering opportunities for the community to respond to those needs. Its highest concern is to provide a positive and caring environment that respects the dignity of every person.

The Opportunity Center itself has 88 units of housing for both single adults and families. It provides a wide variety of services to assist with basic needs and to enable people to find stability in their lives and housing.

The first step towards helping community members find their way out of homelessness, or to help them avoid it, is to provide for their basic needs, such as a hot cup of coffee, somewhere to perform personal hygiene, a place to pick up mail or return a phone call, assistance in finding food and shelter, and a supportive sense of community. Once they’re in the door with some basic needs met, people need access to a wide variety of social, rehabilitative, and educational services.

The Opportunity Center is a place that is organized and set up to address a wide range of those needs that go beyond the basics.

This September offering gives us the opportunity to impact those in need right here at home. Our goal for this offering is $600. Please give generously to help meet this goal.

Carolyn Shepard

August Mission Offering Update: Habitat (8/26/2015)

Habitat for Humanity, Greater San FranciscoOur August Special Mission Offering is for Habitat For Humanity Greater San Francisco. The mission of the Greater San Francisco Habitat for Humanity is to make the dream of home ownership a reality for low‐income families ‐ a virtually unattainable dream for the majority of residents in San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula. We urge you to give generously to this offering.   Thank you so much on behalf of the Habitat families.

We have received $755 toward our goal of $600

August Mission Offering Update: Habitat (8/19/2015)

Habitat for Humanity, Greater San FranciscoOur August Special Mission Offering is for Habitat For Humanity Greater San Francisco. The mission of the Greater San Francisco Habitat for Humanity is to make the dream of home ownership a reality for low‐income families ‐ a virtually unattainable dream for the majority of residents in San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula. We urge you to give generously to this offering.   Thank you so much on behalf of the Habitat families.

We have received $240toward our goal of $600