WHERE DO WE SEND OUR CHURCH TITHES?

From the Board 

by Therese Abril 
 
WHERE DO WE SEND OUR CHURCH’S TITHES?
 
Just as each one of us gives a percentage of our income to our Unity Church, our Unity Church gives 10% of all love offerings it receives to seven local Organizations in our Community, as well as to our Unity Community, such as the Association of Unity Churches, Southwest Ministries, Silent Unity, and The Foundation of Unity Church of Alhambra, each of the latter having a direct impact on our Ministry.

The following seven local Organizations were chosen since their individual Missions are in keeping with Unity principles. These are the ones to which we are tithing this year:

1.  CATHOLIC CHARITIES COMMUNITY SERVICES

          Provides, regardless of Faith or background:

                     Veterans’ housing

                     Foster care

                     Homeless outreach

                     Early childhood education and more

          Have used our donations for:

                     Gas vouchers to clients needing transportation to doctors’ appointments or when looking for employment

 

2.  COALITION FOR COMPASSION AND JUSTICE (CCJ)  (was called Open  Door in the past)

          Mission:  Provide vital services, education and advocacy for those living in  poverty leading to self-sufficiency.

          Provides:

                     Emergency shelter- safe place to sleep for 45 adults

                     Meals on Tues-Fri (11:00-1:00) at the Shelter

                     Pantry – Wed – Give food and toiletries

                     “Treehouse” - Families with children are given hot meals, pantry items, a clean play area, resource information

                     Weekend Family Food – Packaged by volunteers during week, delivered to 7 preschools one time a month

                     Housing – CCJ owns 11 units which provides for 24 people

          Volunteers provide many of the services needed.

This past year:  provided 1400 fully-stocked backpacks to students in Prescott and Prescott Valley, $40,000 worth of clothing and household items, provided a Family Christmas for needy families.

 

3.  HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

          Construction of Affordable Housing in the Tri-City region of Yavapai    County by volunteers and the applicant

                     The organization applies for numerous grants.

                     The organization manages a Thrift Shop from which to derive funds and household items for the new homes being built.

                     There is an application process for those in need of a home.

                     Individuals or families put in “sweat equity”.

 

4.  HUNGRY KIDS PROJECT  (AZ COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF YAVAPAI  COUNTY)

          Meals bagged by Volunteers once a week are given to children’s needy families.

                     Delivered to:  Prescott, Chino Valley, Mayer and Humboldt Unified Districts and the Yavapai Food Council

 

5.  PEOPLE WHO CARE  -  A VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION

          Provide transportation for those in need of grocery shopping or  appointments

          Give help with paying bills, checkbook oversight, letter/note writing

          Stroke support for caregivers and survivors

          Conduct Support Groups for Caregivers

          Offer courses for those with vision problems

          Give relief time for Caregivers

          Conduct “Safe Home” safety evaluations

 

6.  PRESCOTT AREA SHELTER SERVICES

          Serve homeless women, families, veterans providing:

                     Temporary shelter, resources, case management, pathway to permanent housing

                     Women’s Shelter for 22 women and children’s and provide:

                               Workshops on credit counseling

                               Landlord/Tenant rights

                               Job preparedness

          Transition rate into permanent housing is 88%-  they do not return to homelessness.       

 

7.  STEPPING STONES

          Provides safe shelter and advocacy

          Provides services for adults and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, other forms of victimization

          Have a 24/7 Helpline

          Provide an emergency shelter, transitional housing, one on one safety planning  and lethal assessments, educational support groups

          Promote self-sufficiency, personal growth, self-worth, resiliency

 

Therese Abril

Unity Board Trustee