O.C.C.  Justice and Mercy “Survey Says”

 The Justice and Mercy Committee would like the congregation's input on how to donate this year's "help money".

We will be donating money to eight organizations that we are not already donating to regularly: Shelter Inc., Water 1st International, Friendly Manner (St. Mary's Center), Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Common Hope, BayC Youth, STAND!, and Faith Network of the East Bay.

Shelter Inc.

Non profit founded in 1986 to alleviate Contra Costa County’s homeless crisis

Our Vision: Rebuilding lives, one family at a time, by giving them a home, the skills and the resources to live the life they deserve.

Mission: To prevent and end homelessness for low-income, homeless and disadvantaged families and individuals by providing housing , services, support, and resources that lead to self-sufficiency.

Mission in Action: Prevent homelessness - keeping a family in their home means jobs are retained, families are fed and children are safe. Prevention services include rental assistance and financial goal setting with a case manager. Ending the Cycle of Homelessness - Homeless families and individuals are provided housing plus services including employment, education, counseling and household budgeting to help regain self-sufficiency and permanent homes. Providing Affordable Housing - Shelter Inc. owns or master leases over 200 units throughout the county, renting to low-income vulnerable residents, many whom have otherwise been unable to find housing such as disabled persons or veterans. [www.shelterinc.org]

 Water 1st International

Started in 2005 by a group of professionals with solid experience in the water and sanitation and fundraising sectors, to implement high-quality water and sanitation projects that provide solutions for the world’s poorest communities.  Worldwide, 35-50% of water projects fail within the first 5 years.  Water 1st has 2,178 projects completed. And not one has failed.

Our Vision: A world free of extreme poverty where everyone has access to a clean, permanent water supply and a toilet.

Mission: To enable the world’s poorest people to implement and sustain community-managed projects integrating clean water supply, toilets and hygiene education. Water 1st unites people to fight the global water and sanitation crisis. We believe this worldwide, silent catastrophe will be solved when people come together as a concerned community and take effective simple actions. [www.water1st.org]

 Friendly Manor (St. Mary’s Center) 

Opened in 1990 by three sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet as a drop in center and residence for homeless women.

The Drop-in Center: provides a safe haven for 60-70 women daily, providing breakfast and a simple lunch most days as well as laundry and shower facilities. We work to assist women in taking the “next step” however small, toward a better life.

Traditional Housing: is provided for 25 formerly homeless women as they work toward securing independent housing. Participants pay a portion of their income for housing and buy their own groceries. They learn how to live with others, share a kitchen space and common living area. [www.stmaryscenter.org/friendly-manor]

 Habitat for Humanity 

Since 1986, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley has served 8,000 individuals in Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties by providing affordable homeownership solutions to low-income families.

Mission:  We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and rehabilitate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. [www.habitatebsv.org]

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
(Debbie Lee’s organization)

Mission: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity works to achieve an equitable, inclusive and healthy society, culture and economy where the process of development to improve their lives through education health care, and housing.  We work to help the most vulnerable, disenfranchised and marginalized have equal opportunities and access to the resources and tools needed to achieve a dignified quality of life.

Our Core Values: Pursue Justice and Equality, Embrace Inclusivity, Honor Holistic approaches to Well Being, Cherish Peacebuilding Traditions, Uphold the Dignity and Sanctity of Every Human Person [www.im4humanintegrity.org]

 Common Hope

Established in 1986 by Dave and Betty Huebsh to help the people of Guatemala. When the people of Santiago Atitlan were asked what was needed, they expressed a yearning for the education of their children.

Mission: Common Hope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through education, health care, and housing. Common Hope serves more than 11,000 impoverished children and adults in 26 communities outside of Antigua and Guatemala City.



BayC Our Space

Our space provides support services for LGBTQ youth in Alameda County

Our Space: serves LGBTQ youth ages 12-22, many of whom live in poverty and are impacted by homelessness, the child welfare juvenile justice systems. Approximately 80 percent of Our Space members are youth of color. We served over 450 youth last year.

Prevailing Question: At the heart of everything we do we ask the question: “How do you show fierce love to yourself and your community?”

Services: LGBTQ community center programming, Monthly LGBTQ Intergenerational community potluck, Therapy for LGBTQ youth ages 14-21, East Bay Youth Pride celebration, Trainings for providers working with LGBTQ youth, School-based workshops on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, referrals for support services (housing, medical, legal, etc.), Curriculum for providers working with LGBTQ youth, Youth Acceptance Collaborative.  [www.baycyouth.org]



In the late 1970s, STAND! Against Domestic Violence and the Family Stress Center were independently founded, with similar commitments to the people of Contra Costa County.  Over the years, each agency grew and evolved, building services to help stop domestic violence and child abuse. Both agencies sought to approach the problem of family violence as effectively and comprehensively as possible. These two distinct agencies have now combined efforts, expertise, and skills toward one common purpose: addressing and decreasing violence in the home.

These two historic non-profits became one unified agency on July 1st, 2010. Together, they're providing services to help minimize the devastating impact of domestic violence and child abuse.

Mission: STAND! For Families Free of Violence is the sole provider of comprehensive domestic violence and child abuse services in Contra Costa County, offering prevention, intervention, and treatment programs. We're leading the community in building safe and strong families through early detection, enhanced support services, community prevention and education, and empowerment to help individuals rebuild their lives. [www.standffov.org]

Faith Network of the East Bay

Faith Network of the East Bay is an Oakland non-profit organization founded in 2001. Our focus is to build healthy families, schools and neighborhoods by rallying community support for under-resourced urban public schools.

Mission: Faith Network’s mission is to give hope to at-promise students in East Bay schools by surrounding them with a caring community, igniting their innate potential, and helping them to develop academic and life skills crucial to their growth and fulfillment. The goal is to prepare today’s youth for a life of serving others and contributing positively to their communities. [www.faith-network.com]