UBC Missions and Community Outreach Fair

Sunday, November 10, After Worship

This coming Sunday UBC will be hosting our first Missions/Community Outreach Fair after worship.  Representatives from eleven community agencies and organizations will be stationed in the Fellowship Hall to share information about their mission.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you, your family, and/or your small group to get involved with one these organizations to make a difference in our community.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the participating agencies click the accompanying link.
Alliance for Interfaith  Ministries (AIM)    aimcville.org
Advancing Native Missions (ANM)    advancingnativemissions.com
Big Brothers, Big Sisters    bbbsocbr.org
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank    blue-ridge-area-food-bank-thomas-jefferson-area-branch
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)    fca.org
Habitat for Humanity    cvillehabitat.org
Hope House    macaa.org/programs/hopehouse
Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ)    loveinccville.org
Meals on Wheels   cvillemeals.org
Ronald McDonald House     rmhcharlottesville.org
WorkSource   worksourceva.org

Soles4Souls

CBF of Virginia is sponsoring a special missions project in partner with Soles4Souls.

Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.  The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes, then distributing them by direct donations and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs (selling shoes!) in poor and disadvantaged communities.

The Faith & Justice Committee is sponsoring a collection of new and used shoes — all kinds and sizes. Look for the collection box in Fellowship Hall.

Click for more information.

IMPACT Annual Assembly

Monday, October 28, 6:30 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Church We will vote on an issue for IMPACT to address this year.
Childcare is provided.

UBC Hosts IMPACT Celebration

Last night, University Baptist hosted an IMPACT Justice Ministry Celebration. Around two hundred people from twenty-four different congregations gathered in our sanctuary to receive a report on the progress being made in youth unemployment and homelessness.

Of particular interest to me is the report from Rev. Al Horton of First United Methodist Church, who serves on the Homelessness Research Strategy Committee. One of the committee’s findings is that while there are many agencies that work on the challenge of homelessness, there is very little cooperation among these agencies to move over 200 homeless adults and 500 homeless children into permanent housing.

At the Nehemiah Action gathering last April, the City Manager and County Executive committed to gather leaders from these agencies to form a round-table to reduce homelessness. That roundtable convened a couple of weeks ago, and the group decided to make centralized intake and service referrals a top priority, so that agencies can share information to get their clients the services they need. Also, representatives from the City and County will be added to the board of Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH) to offer additional oversight and accountability. Lastly, both the City and County committed to providing funds that will support centralized intake and collaboration, which is something that IMPACT did not ask for.

IMPACT has become a catalyst for our government officials and our agencies to work together in coming up with a systemic solution to a systemic problem. It has the potential of making a long-term, positive contribution to the men we serve during PACEM.

I’m grateful for the work of IMPACT in this area, and for the involvement of our church members who give their time and money to this cause as an expression of their faith. If you have any questions about what IMPACT is doing in addressing homelessness, please feel free to contact me!

~ Michael

 

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