Share the Plate
For the month of April, UCN will share the plate with Family Promise of Ozaukee County, UCN's congregation-wide social justice project. All of April’s offering will go to Family Promise, which is unique for our Share the Plate program.
Family Promise of Ozaukee County is made up of an interfaith hospitality network of several churches working together to house children and families who are temporarily homeless. Nearly 200 affiliates operate across the country, including in Washington and Waukesha Counties in Wisconsin. Family Promise consists of churches hosting homeless families for a week at a time, four times a year. These families have dinner and fellowship at the church, then are provided a safe space in the church to stay overnight. During the day, families receive breakfast and transportation to the hospitality center. The center offers showers and a mailing address for the families, as well as services for finding jobs and housing.
To recap the history of UCN's involvement with Family Promise, early last year, church members participated in a congregational survey, which showed poverty was a priority concern. With feedback from two Barn Banters, the Social Justice Committee decided that Ozaukee County should be the area of focus. During a public panel discussion hosted by UCN, the lack of housing for children and families facing homelessness was identified as a significant problem in the county. In light of this information, UCN began working with Family Promise. Pat Morrissey is serving as coordinator for this project, both for our church and at the county level. UCN recently signed the Family Promise covenant, agreeing to serve as one of the 13 host churches to be a part of this interfaith network.
Churches involved with Family Promise pledge to raise $2,000 per year as a contribution to the local affiliate. April's offering will assist in procuring UCN’s contribution for their first year. By dedicating all funds from the offering in April to this effort, UCN hopes to bolster its commitment to Family Promise of Ozaukee County as a vitally important social justice project for our congregation. To learn more about Family Promise of Ozaukee County, please visit www.familypromiseozaukee.org.
How to Nominate an Organization for Share the Plate
The Social Justice Committee needs and accepts nominations for Share the Plate throughout the year. Please consider nominating a special program or agency you know about. A nomination form is available from the office.
Nominations for recipients of the SHARE THE PLATE offerings are open. If you would like to nominate your favorite non-profit program contact the church office. To nominate an organization, complete this form and return it to the church via email (email@example.com) or post:
Unitarian Church North
13800 North Port Washington
Mequon, WI 53097
UCN Social Justice Committee