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…a sanctuary for diversity, spiritual growth, and social justice
…nuestra misión es ser un santuario de diversidad, crecimiento espiritual y justicia social
News in Brief
November’s Share the Plate: Holiday Gift Drive for SafeHouse of the Desert
In what appears to have become a holiday tradition, our in November Share the Plate is a holiday gift drive for SafeHouse of the Desert. Your generous giving will be used to purchase Target e-gift cards from our Scrip program, then SafeHouse/Harrison House recipients will buy their own presents.
As you probably already know, Safehouse of the Desert, part of Operation SafeHouse, has been doing its important work in our county for more than three decades. It is a life-saving shelter for youth ages 11 to 17 who have run away from home or whose parents no longer want them there. Without SafeHouse, these youth are vulnerable to human trafficking and the myriad of other undesirable elements of life on the streets. SafeHouse operates two shelters, one in Riverside and the other here, that provide approximately 600 runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth with over 4,000 bed nights annually.
Harrison House is transitional housing for young adults 18 to 21 years of age, some who have “aged out” of the foster care system and have limited ability and resources to live on their own. Besides housing, it also provides on-site schooling, including GED classes, individual cognitive behavioral therapy, group counseling, financial education, employment assistance, and life skills. SafeHouse’s transitional living programs serve approximately 40 youth and their children annually. These youth are transitioning to adulthood under very challenging and undeserved circumstances.
We have been repeatedly told that, essentially, we are the only source of holiday gifts for these youth!
Your donation will provide a happier holiday for these young individuals who have literally nowhere to go and need almost everything. Please give as generously as you are able. For more information, please contact Bob Rancourt.
Huge progress! Our stunning Celebration Garden is really taking shape. The walkway is embossed with designs inspired by native plants and lizards, a ring of Encelia (brittlebush) circles the metal sculpture, and a new bladderpod hedge to screen off the parking lot is in place.
Desert Canyon Habitat
On October 23 we started planting the Desert Canyon Habitat with over a hundred native plants!
What’s Happening This Week
Food Basket and Toy Drive for the Migrant Education Program Christmas PartyYour Title Goes Here
Each year the Migrant Education Program of the Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) holds a Christmas Party for their students and families. This year’s party is on December 14. At the party, each student receives a gift and each family receives a food basket.
Currently, there are 1230 migrant children & youth in kindergarten through grade 12 within CVUSD. You can help our neighboring migrant families living in the East Valley have a more joyful Christmas by donating to our Toy and Food Drives.
Click to find out how you can participate in one of our most loved gift drives of the year!
Galilee Center Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution
Join your UUCOD friends and hand out Thanksgiving food baskets to low-income families in the East Valley. On Wednesday,November 22 we will carpool to Galilee Center in Mecca, arriving before 2pm. This is a no contact distribution – you will put food boxes in the trunks of cars in assembly line fashion. Must be able to lift up to 5 pounds.