How We Give - and you can too!
We believe that an important purpose of faith is to give. We collect contributions for organizations and community groups every Sunday - our Compassion in Action offering. Each month the mission and ministry of a different group is highlighted. They receive all loose cash and any designated checks in the offering plate. In 2018, this has added up to over $25,000. But the impact of all our giving beyond the church totalled nearly $78,000.
September Mission Partner
El Centro Humanitario
El Centro Humanitario works with immigrant and undocumented low wage and day laborers in Metro Denver. They are currently providing relief funds to workers in their network.
From El Centro:
El Centro closed its home base in March. They immediately began reaching out to workers who had participated in their programs. It became apparent that disaster relief funds were what workers needed most. Many shared they were not working because of challenges related to COVID 19 or that they had lost more than 20 hours of work a week.
El Centro's "Hire a Worker" program also had a drastic reduction in job requests with approximately 70% fewer requests for workers than last year at this time.
Since that time El Centro has leveraged community support to connect more than 1,400 workers. In the meantime, El Centro is helping their participants sharpen their technological skills and looks forward to building its infrastructures and capacity. It remains as strong as ever in supporting workers to engage and become leaders in demanding justice, dignity and fair wages for a workforce that is essential to the economy and whose wellbeing is often overlooked.
For more, contact Sarah: email@example.com
Other Mission Partners include:
Founded in 1999, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system and advance community health and safety.
Senior Support Services is Denver's only day center for hungry and homeless seniors. The day center is a safe place to spend time, socialize with others, and participate in activities.
Denver Justice Project
Denver Justice Project focuses on transforming violent practices of law-enforcement, seeking racial justice, and working to and mass incarceration. DJP has gone through the trenches to educate community members on knowing their rights when interacting with law-enforcement, and navigating interactions to the best possible outcome. Also what to do if things don’t go well and you sustained injuries and or are jailed.
St. Francis Center
St. Francis Center is a day shelter and refuge for men and women who are homeless in Denver and where our Women’s Homelessness Initiative participants gather. SFC has also developed housing solutions. At SFC, guests have the opportunity to work with a variety of specialists, depending on their individual needs—often the first step toward transformation and ultimately self-sufficiency.
In 2019 we delivered over 22,000 items, in 25 countries. Over 10,000 of these items were given to people in our Colorado partnering groups, such as the Women’s Homelessness Initiative and the NICU at UC Hospital. Hundreds of volunteers across the US and Canada and two part-time staff at our Denver offices at PHCC carry forward our programs and services with creativity, care and generosity. Thank you to everyone in the PHCC community who has been involved in supporting our work over the years! With your help, together we continue to relieve pain and offer support, one stitch at a time.
Colorado Ceasefire began in the 2000 election cycle. After the Colorado General Assembly failed to pass significant gun violence prevention laws following the Columbine High School shooting, a small group of committed individuals formed a political actioncommittee to remove from office legislators who were a block to progress. That year six
critical races turned hands, and we felt that we had made a significant contribution to those changes. We then realized “We have a voice at the capitol; we can’t stop now!” …..and so an organization was born.
An orphanage in Ethiopia started by one of our members. Members also provide monthly support to 20 children. Through the collection of pennies, we also provide Saturday meals.
Eco Justice Ministries
Justice advocacy for the earth. Eco-Justice Ministries is an ecumenical organization, led by the UCC, that helps churches answer the call to care for all of God's creation, and develop ministries that are faithful, relevant and effective in working toward social justice and environmental sustainability.
The mission of the Florence Project is to provide free legal and social services to detained adults and children facing immigration removal proceedings.
Serving people struggling with persistent and severe mental health issues, including some of our family members and friends.
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Their Mission: The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado promotes justice, religious liberty and interfaith understanding through building relationships in order to educate, advocate, and catalyze social change.
These are some of the over 20 groups and organizations that benefit from our financial participation, and we benefit from the organizations work to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Other Groups include:
Greater Park Hill Community Food Pantry
Denver Inner City Parish
Re-Member (Pine Ridge)
Women's Homelessness Initiative
*UCC One Great Hour of Sharing
*UCC Strengthen the Church Offering
*UCC Neighbors in Need Offering
*UCC Christmas Fund
*UCC Our Churches Wider Mission
And additional funds UCC Disaster Relief