Lift Up Your Voice (LUYV)
by Kathy Powell
Lift Up Your Voice members have been very busy these past months. Many of us have been volunteering at the Winter Warming Shelter, some on-site and others on a crew that shops at Food Share weekly for the breakfast food. We worked with Reverend Dana asking if our congregation could get involved in fundraising to help keep the shelter open until the end of March.
The entire congregation working with Turning Point became involved in purchasing a much needed new “Tiny House Shed” (as Rev Dana has named them) for Riverhaven. (See the wonderful congregation Inreach/Outreach contribution amount below.) Riverhaven was in desperate need of new dwellings but after the recent tragic fire the need was much more urgent.
We have members on so many committees including the Oxnard Homeless Commission, Ventura Social Service Task Force, Homeless Prevention, Family Promise and housing opportunities. Our people are volunteering at One Stop every week.
Today we were blessed by this church’s commitment to our homeless neighbors as we did our park outreach. At this writing a huge storm is rolling in and helicopters are alerting folks in the riverbottom floods are coming. We brought bus passes and information the Red Cross was opening a shelter at the college and we urged people to make their way there. We let them know it is a huge storm and gave them the means to be transported to the other side of town. This church and it’s members keep the people who need us in this community as a huge part of our outreach. It is amazing to behold.
On the fourth Monday of the month UUCV provides dinner for the folks living at Riverhaven. Please sign up to provide a dish at the Social Action Table in Berg Hall. The next couple dinner dates are April 23 and May 28. You can bring your dish to church on the Sunday before. Put it in the refrigerator and label it “Riverhaven.” You can also drop it off at the church on Monday before 3pm. If you have any questions, contact Pam or Jim Waldron at 647-5650.
Thank you for supporting our friends at Riverhaven!