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Serve Locally

Loving Our Neighbor 

Following Jesus means being sent as servants into his world. Jesus most often directed his followers through stories, rather than direct commands, but this is one command he called the greatest of them all—"Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39) We have this extraordinary mandate—sent by Jesus to love our neighbors—in our neighborhoods, in our city, and in our workplaces. That's what UPC's Outreach Ministry is all about.

OUR FEATURED URBAN PARTNER OF THE MONTH

Serve this August with partner Mary's Place! From August 22-September 5 University Congregational Church will host the Mary's Place Rotating Shelter, which supplies up to 14 women and children with a safe place to shower, eat, and sleep for the night. Check out the link below to see the variety of ways you can serve.

PLEASE NOTE: All Volunteers must complete a MANDATORY training at University Congregational United Church of Christ (UCUCC) from August 16-17, 6:30-8:30pm, in the UCUCC Choir Room (located on the north side of our lower level). Light refreshments will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring a brown bag dinner. Childcare is available, but please notify Lisbeth Gilbert, the UCUCC Coordinator for Mary's Place, no later than WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 of the numbers and ages of children requiring care.

Rotating Shelter Sign-Up

 

Urban Partners

UPC's urban ministry partners serve the poor and disenfranchised of Seattle in numerous ways—resettling refugees, building homes, educating troubled youth, reconnecting broken families, recovery from addiction, providing safe shelter for the homeless, to name just a few of the emphases of our partners. There are countless ways to serve. Check out our partners here.

Mary's Place

Mary’s Place is an agency that provides homeless women and their children rescue, respite, nutrition, safety and shelter in a setting where relationships are affirmed, love and hope are discovered and a new future begins. Click here for more information.

Puget Sound Christian Clinic 

Through its program of mobile clinics, Puget Sound Christian Clinic provides low-cost medical, dental, mental, and spiritual care to low-income uninsured people in our community. Contact: Dick and Kris  

Bridge Disability Ministries

Bridge Ministries’ mission is to alleviate isolation for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Contact: Lan

Divine Alternatives for Dads 

 DADS provides a one-on-one case advocacy program for fathers in need of family services. This includes assistance with reunification with their children, referrals to drug and alcohol treatment programs, employment counseling, assistance with child support adjustments, and with developing plans to pay off arrearages, assistance with housing, legal assistance, parenting classes, and family stability programs. Contact: Sarah

Habitat for Humanity 

Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is a Christian organization that builds homes in partnership with families, giving them a hand up, not a hand-out. This practice honors their God-given dignity and encourages families to work hard towards a shared goal of creating a safe and secure home in which their children can grow and thrive. Contact: Ryan

Samaritan Center of Puget Sound  

Samaritan Center provides counseling, education, consultation, mediation, and other services for individuals, families, congregations, and organizations, including therapy and other service for the poor. Contact: Peter

King County Youth Chaplaincy

Their mission of King County Youth Chaplaincy is to reduce youth violence and lower the recidivism rate through an emphasis on prevention, chaplaincy services, and aftercare. Contact: Peter 

Seattle Urban Academy

Seattle Urban Academy provides safe, alternative high school education (grades 9–12) in a Christian setting for youth at risk. Contact: Steve 

Language Institute

The Language Institute has provided English instruction to refugees, immigrants, and other internationals in the greater Seattle area for thirty years offering both integrated skills classes 
(reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and conversational English opportunities. Contact: Valerie 

Street Youth Ministries

SYM is a nonprofit, faith-based organization serving homeless youth and youth in crisis, ages 13–26 by meeting the immediate basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter along with drop-in services, advocacy, mentoring, and activities. Contact: Judy

U-District Food Bank

The U-District Food Bank’s mission is to provide individuals and families in need with food and access to a network of community resources that helps them achieve self-sufficiency. Contact: Dave 

New Horizons Ministries

Their mission of New Horizons Ministries is to be in relationship with homeless youth, serving and loving in the way of Jesus, equipping youth to leave street life. Contact: Peg 

Union Gospel Mission

The U-District Food Bank’s mission is to provide individuals and families in need with food and access to a network of community resources that helps them achieve self-sufficiency. Contact: Ryan

New Light Christian Church

New Light is a multi-ethnic inner-city ministry centered around the strong teaching of God’s Word in order to glorify him through the ministry of healing the family, spreading the gospel in our community, breaking down multicultural barriers, and drawing all members closer to God through worship, studying his word, and prayer. Contact: Dick and Kris 

Urban Impact

Urban Impact’s mission is to strengthen families and raise servant leaders in the Rainier Valley by building a foundation of good health, quality education, economic opportunity, and Christ-centered faith. Contact: Peter 

Operation Nightwatch

Operation Nightwatch is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving the poor and homeless through spiritual care, shelter placement, low-cost housing and education. Contact: Judy

World Relief

World Relief Seattle has worked since 1979 to empower the local church to serve refugees and immigrants in the Greater Seattle Area. Originally founded to care for those fleeing war in Southeast Asia, they have since grown to resettle refugees from almost 50 countries. They provide services to refugees through programs in resettlement, employment, citizenship, English language training, immigration detention ministry, and church mobilization. Contact: Valerie