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,” would normally house families approximately 4-5 weeks per year. As result of Covid-19, families are being housed at local hotels. Currently, Cindy and Pat Kotecki and Dean Johnson are the volunteer coordinators for UCN.
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
Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the MATC-Mequon campus: 5555 W. Highland (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.
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.