Social Justice Committee Initiatives
Family Promise of Ozaukee County
Family Promise of Ozaukee County provides shelter and services to Ozaukee County homeless children and families, with the goal of reversing the causes of homelessness and optimizing self-sufficiency. Services and daytime shelter are provided at a centralized Day Center (located in Port Washington), and an interfaith network of area churches provides meals and overnight accommodations. UCN, serving as a “Host Church” houses families approximately 4-5 weeks per year. Currently Cindy and Pat Kotecki and Dean Johnson are the volunteer coordinators for UCN.
St. Joseph Parish in Grafton is our new Support Church, and they have agreed to provide volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday of our scheduled weeks. We look forward to working with the members of St. Josephs!
UCN is scheduled to provide shelter the weeks of Nov. 6-13 for 2016 and March 5-12, June 18-25, Aug. 20-27 and Nov. 15-22 for 2017.
Donations of non-perishable food items are collected in our “Food Barrel”, which is located in the UCN South lobby on the main floor. Food items may be donated at any time. Vicki Fuerstenau delivers the items to the Bethesda Outreach Program in Milwaukee on a regular basis. UCN has been involved in this community activity for nearly 30 years.
MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope) is a faith-based network that includes more than 40 organizations. MICAH plays an active role in social justice issues, such as those impacting education, criminal justice, jobs, economic development, and the promotion of civic engagement. Unitarian Church North has been a member of MICAH since 2004. UCN members regularly attend and participate in MICAH activities, including the annual Prayer Breakfast and Black History Month celebration, held every February. Pulpit guests from MICAH have included the Rev. Marilyn Miller, chair of the MICAH Religious Leaders’ Caucus and pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Milwaukee.
Ozaukee County NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the MATC-Mequon campus: 5555 W. Highland, Rm 202 (Mequon, WI). General meetings are open to members of UCN, as well as the public. In 2015, UCN received a plaque commemorating our Silver Life Membership in the national NAACP organization. The plaque is displayed in the North Lobby. Stephanie Richardson is the UCN liaison to the Ozaukee County branch of the NAACP.
Share the Plate
Mark Bruhy coordinates this project by receiving nominations from congregation members and presenting the nominations to the Social Justice Committee for discussion and decisions. One-half of the offertory for each month is given to the chosen organization.
Unitarian Church North Fund for Social Justice
This project, whose purpose is to build an on-going fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, has been in existence since 2000. Interest income is given annually to groups in the Greater Milwaukee Area who provide assistance in areas such as hunger, homelessness, lack of childcare, lack of affordable housing, etc.
This sub-committee is currently not active in a formal sense. Volunteers are needed in order to promote on-going welcoming efforts to LGBTQ people and their families and friends. Please see Leigh Hofteizer for more information.