Each month the Church supports a Justice Partner (formerly called “Cause of the month”) by donating 10% of non-pledge offerings at the Sunday services. The UUCPA Action Council reviewed the current program, considered current and new causes advocated by members, evaluated and then presented a slate of organizations to the congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting on April 17, 2016.
Factors that were given priority in making the recommendations for fiscal year 2016-17 were our relationship with the group, including whether there is a related Task Force; who they serve; what is their funding base; and balance among social service, direct action, education, community organizing and advocacy causes.
There are two new Justice Partners selected for fiscal year 2016-17, Adolescent Counseling Service On-Campus Counseling and Ada’s Cafe, replacing the UUCPA Senior High service trip to Belize and the UU Justice Ministry of California.
If you have any questions or feedback on Justice Partners, please talk to one of the members of the Action Council: Edie Keating (chair), Karen Skold, Sally Ahnger, Litsie Indergand and Nancy Neff
Slate of 2016-2017 Justice Partners
Adolescent Counseling Service (ACS) On-Campus Counseling — May
Since its inception in 1980, the On-Campus Counseling Program has provided free counseling to youth and families during school hours at Gunn and Palo Alto High Schools, and JLS, Jordan and Terman Middle Schools, among others. Support services include one-on-one and group counseling with students and families, and crisis intervention services for emergency situations that may arise on campus
South Palo Alto Food Closet — June
The South Palo Alto Food Closet is a grocery program located at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. This food program is designed to help needy families with children or disabilities by assisting them in their weekly food needs.
California Clean Money Campaign — July
Their vision is achieving an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians. The short term goal is passing the California
DISCLOSE Act for improved disclosure on political ads. [website]
Day Worker Center of Mountain View — August
The Day Worker Center has two main areas of service. They serve hundreds of local homeowners and businesses by providing job–matching services to day labor, and (most important from the justice perspective) serve the immigrant community by matching them with those jobs. They are committed to providing tools to empower day workers (mostly immigrants from Mexico and Latin America) as members of this community. They seek to help workers enter more fully into the life of the community by offering classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), GED, computer and job skills, and sewing. (web site)
Hotel de Zink — September
Hotel de Zink, a rotating church shelter program run by InnVision, Hotel de Zink is hosted by UUCPA during September. We offer breakfast, bag lunch, dinner, and a place to sleep for 10–15 homeless community members. We need volunteers to provide dinner each night as well as funds to cover costs for breakfast and lunch food and supplies.
Opportunity Center — October
The Palo Alto Opportunity Center offers studio and 1–2 bedroom family apartments. The Center also provides light meals, clothing, a mail address, bus passes, case management, and emergency rent assistance to homeless and at–risk people.
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant — November
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant (SBSC) is an interfaith, non-partisan organization of churches and individuals in the Bay Area from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. The group is concerned with peace, justice and liberation for the people of Central America and for the refugees who have fled these areas.
Outlet — December
Outlet is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Youth organization based in Mountain View, California. As the Peninsula's only comprehensive LGBTQQ youth organization, it has provided services to LGBTQQ youth and adults who work with youth in the Bay Area. Bilingual Spanish services are also provided.
- Stevenson House — January
Stevenson House’s mission is to provide affordable housing where older, independent adults enjoy a safe and caring community. Stevenson House opened its doors in 1968. Built under the sponsorship of Palo Alto Senior Housing Project, Inc., Stevenson House has received ongoing support from the UUCPA and also from the greater community.
Ada's Cafe — February
Located in the Mitchell Park Community Center, Ada’s Cafe and Catering is dedicated to hiring, training, and empowering people with disabilities in a commercial food service business. Ada’s provides jobs for the disabled while creating numerous employment and internship opportunities for other local teens and college students as job buddies. Ada’s core values are Commercial Success, Community Values, and Compassionate Employment.
UUs Ending Modern Slavery — March
UUs Ending Modern Slavery (formerly UU Abolitionists) is a growing organization of Unitarian Universalists dedicated to ending human trafficking, led by members of the UU Fellowship of Santa Cruz County and UUCPA’s minister, Amy Zucker Morgenstern. Approximately 27 million people worldwide are enslaved, more than at any time in history. They are in every country, including the United States, and their stolen labor creates products we consume every day.Through education and action, the UUs Ending Modern Slavery rally today’s Unitarian Universalists to work for freedom for all.
Green Sanctuary Choice (currently The Climate Disobedience Center) — April