Missions

 
 
Union Church is committed to community outreach. The Missions committee coordinates outreach efforts. If you would like additional information or you would like to know more about opportunities for your involvement please email us at admin@unionchurch.org.
 
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Community

UC Christmas Box Project
Annually in December we come together as a church to fill up specially wrapped Christmas boxes with food for our neighbors located at the apartments next door. This special project was started many years ago by the leaders of the Christian Education Committee. Now, our Missions budget and individuals help with the expenses, too. Goodie bags and groceries are provided for each box. If you would like to contribute or participate please email the office at
admin@unionchurch.org for more details.

Missions

Adopt-a-Chaplain is a Christ-centered ministry that is dedicated to supporting our troops through the ministries of chaplains. By adopting chaplains and their families, we pray for and communicate with them regularly. Care packages are sent to chaplains serving in the Middle East and they distribute the items to our troops.
 
Our UC Missions Ministry comes together monthly to prepare packages of goodies to send out to the Chaplains. Join us every second Monday of the month at 10am!

Seniors

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Brown Bag Program provides weekly nutritious groceries to senior individuals (ages 60+) and disabled individuals (ages 55+) at distribution sites in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.
 
Union Church hosts the Brown Bag program for seniors every Thursday morning. To volunteer or if you are a senior wishing to apply to the program, please click “Second Harvest Brown Bag Program” above to visit their website.
 

How To Get Involved

The Missions Committee of Union Church is committed to working within the community to help those in need. We work directly with the following organizations:
 
Opened in 1973 and is named for one of the founders, a past mayor of the City of Santa Clara. Their Mission is to support and strengthen the community by serving youth and families through counseling, housing, education and advocacy. The Center serves over 10,000 clients in Santa Clara County annually.
 
There are few options for extremely low income parents with children to live in our community. In 1988 this agency with the help of the City of San Jose converted an empty warehouse to a facility to house 35 homeless families to live up to 90 days. Family Supportive Housing offers a respite and an opportunity to make life-altering changes and provides a system to aid families in finding permanent housing.
 
Hospice of the Valley is a non-profit that works to help patients and families enjoy life to the fullest of their abilities, helping them create more cherished moments and memories together. They also honor their wishes, providing the support they need to live each day with dignity and hope. With more than 30 years of experience and expertise in caring for individuals and families in Santa Clara County, they provide a unique approach to care and services to help patients and families embrace living every moment.
 
LifeMoves (formerly InnVision)
Reaches throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and serve more than 20,000 men, women, children and mentally ill adults each year at 20 different sites. InnVision addresses the multiple needs of people in transition, including emergency shelters, transitional/supportive housing, food, clothing, showers, laundry, healthcare, job training, classes, children’s programs and access to telephones and computers. The InnVision approach to breaking the cycle of homelessness is innovative and comprehensive.
 
Provides support and respite for families who are caring for dependent older relatives. Numerous stimulating activities are provided including adaptive physical exercise, music programs, arts and crafts projects, discussions of current and reminiscent times and community issues. Breakfast and a hot, nutritious lunch are served daily.
 
Their mission is to End Domestic Violence in the Moment and for All Time. They provide prevention and intervention services to women, men, children and teens in Santa Clara County. The Agency serves over 9,000 people annually at seven locations with a wide array of programs to match each victim’s unique needs.
OSF is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 and focused on improving the lives of those with disabilities. They work to help families and individuals with special needs live life as full and active members of our community by supporting community integration and advocating for stable and healthy environments for those with special needs.
 
This is a non-profit organization and an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Programs include Rebuilding Lives of Missing Persons, providing Disaster Relief, Prisoner Rehabilitation, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Fighting Human Trafficking. The PG&E REACH program is administered through this program.
 
Second Harvest has been providing services to the community for 35 years. They are the single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and are the seventh largest food bank in the country. They provide food to an average of 176,000 individuals each month, numerous families with children and senior citizens.
 
The VA Palo Alto works to enhance the quality of life of persons with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders. They provide comprehensive treatment and services in collaboration with these individuals to promote health, functional independence and community participation throughout their lifetime. Their team is dedicated to excellence in the provision of comprehensive, integrated rehabilitation and state-of-the-art health care and treatment for individuals with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders. The program utilizes the rehabilitation model of health care with emphasis upon patient and family education, self-reliance, independence, and optimism about the future.
 
This private, non-profit agency serves individuals and families in the West Valley communities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West San Jose and the unincorporated mountain regions. Services include: information and referrals, food pantry, clothing, transitional housing, affordable housing, financial assistance, family support and case management services. Union Church collects food each month and delivers it to WVCS on the first Sunday of the month. The Rotating Shelter Program in collaboration with 11 churches and one synagogue provides shelter, food transportation, job search apparel and case management for 15 men enrolled in the program. The shelter rotates from church to church on a monthly basis and provides a place for the men to stay a maximum of three (3) months while they seek employment and permanent housing.
 
 
Helping Hand of Union Church:
 In response to recent requests, the Missions Committee has included this item in the annual Missions budget. We provide financial aid, food or clothing on an as-needed basis for members and/or friends affiliated with the Union Church congregation.