The January 2018 Share the Plate recipient is the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network (SIHN). This is a group of churches who minister to homeless members of the greater Salem community. Each church hosts homeless families for one week, providing morning and evening meals, companionship to families and children in the evening, and a place to sleep in … Continued
The agency also educates the public about the issues surrounding victimization and violence, and provides 24-hour advocacy, safety planning and shelter screening. The center is open Monday-Friday for individuals to meet one-on-one with staff advocates.
Salem Rainbow Youth exists to serve the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in Marion and Polk counties. Activities include weekly groups with dinner, public meetings, workshops, gatherings, and social events. More information is available on the Salem Rainbow Youth website or Salem Rainbow Youth on Facebook.
The UUCS Microfinance project makes small loans to people living on the edge, so they can increase their earning power, escape poverty, and make a better living for their families. Often, poor people are not able to borrow money to buy small equipment items or materials necessary for their businesses. Banks are few in rural … Continued
The Minister’s Discretionary Fund provides invaluable assistance to UUCS members and friends who are financially hard pressed by adverse circumstances. Know that your generous donation to this fund is an act of compassion and will eventually help provide badly needed relief for someone in our beloved community. Given the great need of those suffering from … Continued
Again, this August we will continue our tradition of collecting needed items to send to our partners in Simenfalva, Transylvania. Our partner minister, Rev. Sandor Szen, suggests that easy-to-read books for beginning English students would be appreciated. The English teacher reported that some books we sent earlier were too difficult for the students, so let’s … Continued
Salem for Refugees is in place to help more than 100 local refugees fleeing persecution and conditions in war-torn countries such as Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Bhutan, Burma . These new residents get help with basic necessities, and with housing, healthcare, education, employment, and navigating English and a new culture. Funds go to fiscal sponsor, Salem … Continued
Our August Share the Plate recipient is Family Building Blocks. This agency’s mission is keeping children safe and families together in Marion and Polk counties. The agency focuses on families with the greatest needs. Services include home visits, child abuse prevention programs and early Head Start. Brandy O’Bannon, Senior Resource Development Director, will speak to … Continued
The mission of the Salem-based Mid-Valley Literacy Center is to empower adults with the literacy skills and other training to improve their economic stability. The center offers language classes, computer training and pre-CNA courses. UUCS has a history of supporting the center.
This is the important question that we’ve been considering in a series of meetings and services during April and May. The last Sanctuary Congregation Discernment discussion groups will be held this Sunday, May 14. On May 21, we will vote on the resolution at our May 21 Annual Congregational Meeting. To get more information: You … Continued