Share the Plate - Local Charities Which We Help

Share the Plate is part of our service offering the 3rd Sunday of every month as part of our Economic Justice Ministry. We will share half the money collected - pledges excepted - with a local charity.


UUA/UUSC's Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund

On September 17, 2017, we will Share the Plate with UUA/UUSC's Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Half of the funds raised will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners and the other half of the funds will support Unitarian Universalist congregations and members of those congregations most affected by the storm. Those funds will be administered by a group of leaders in the UUA’s Southern Region, which includes the states across the southeast from Texas to South Carolina, and from most of Virginia to Florida. Using their eye-to-eye partnership model, UUSC will work with and support local grassroots community partners on the ground in Texas serving at-risk populations who may not be able to access relief services and who are traditionally left out of mainstream response efforts. UUSC and their partners will work to bolster locally led relief efforts that are serving immigrant families, in particular young mothers and their children. As the storm passes and recovery begins, UUSC will continue to get updates and work with partners to ensure their needs are met. Your donation to this fund is much appreciated. Thank you!

Mercy House

Mercy House operates the cold weather shelters (open in winter) and will operate the year round shelter in Anaheim that many of us lobbied to get approved.

Grandma's House of Hope

One of this local charity's programs is transitional housing for women, as explained on their website:

"In Orange County, to rent a one-bedroom apartment while earning minimum wage, you would need to work 131 hours per week. Coupled with the fact that the unemployment rate is at an all-time high, housing is a bigger issue than ever for Orange County residents. Add to this a unique challenge such as breast cancer, severe physical or mental illness, or being a victim of domestic violence or human trafficking. Few programs offer special services for these groups, including seniors living independently but beyond a working age. Grandma’s House of Hope emphasizes services for these uniquely challenged women. The women who come to us are given a safe place to rest their heads and heal their hearts. They are provided with case management; group and individual counseling; wardrobe assistance; referrals to specialized health services; access to our Hope Works! workforce development program; love, support, and community. The ultimate goal of GHH is to offer a loving environment to instill hope for a stable life and heal their original hurt to achieve self-sufficiency."