Each September we shelter 12-18 homeless men and women who are working to achieve stable housing. We provide dinner each night, a safe space for sleeping, and showers.
In addition to the food and help that we give, we need milk, lunch supplies and other sundries, which we buy. The money raised in the Sunday offering helps provide for this. Hotel de Zink is a shelter program of InnVision, formerly The Urban Ministry. Twelve churches in Palo Alto rotate this shelter program.
Our Local Organizing Committee identified the need for tutors in our neighborhood. For ten years, our Ripples group, has provided trained tutors at the Bessie Bolton Kids Club. More children request tutors than we can supply. Can you help for an hour or two each week? Contact: Rae Bell
Each December we collect new underwear, socks, hats and mittens. These items are not available at the thrift stores where poor and homeless people shop.
The “Cool Deeds” mission is to give our children opportunities for hands-on social justice work. Events include an opportunity for action and an opportunity for learning and reflecting . Past activities have included making lunches for Hotel de Zink, collecting toiletries for Opportunity Center residents, and assembling school packs for "lost boys" from Sudan residing in our area.
UUCPA is organizing a group purchase of Fair Trade mini chocolate bars from Equal Exchange. The bars combine famous Swiss standards in chocolate making with cocoa from farmer co-operatives in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru, and Equador; fairly traded organic sugar from co-operatives in Paraguay; and fairly traded vanilla from Madagascar. When you give out fairly traded Equal Exchange chocolate at Halloween, you become part of a network of thousands of faith communities who are joining hands with small farmer co-operatives as they work to provide for their families, strengthen their communities and care for the environment.