Helping Locally

You might be surprised by the needs of the person sitting next to you on the bus, in your classroom, or at the movies. Here’s how you can help.

 

Family Promise

Next Hosting Week: July 14th - 21st
Click here to sign up.

Family Promise is a community-wide, interfaith program designed to provide families in crisis with a place to stay together as a family, and assistance in solving the underlying causes of their homelessness. Currently, there are over 850 homeless children in the William S. Hart School District, signaling an important need here in our local community. VUMC hosts families 4 – 5 weeks during the year. There are several ways to help during a hosting week:

  • Dinner: deliver dinner to the church kitchen at 5:45 p.m.

  • Dinner and Evening host, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.: eat dinner with the families and then spend the evening helping with homework, playing games, or sharing conversation

  • Overnight host, 8:30 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.: spend the night at the church in a designated room in case the families need assistance, or in case of an emergency

  • Donate necessary items for the families to use while they are our guests.

BAck to School Shopping Event
July 27th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
VUmc Fellowship hall

Family Promise SCV is hosting a Back-to-School shopping event for local low income and homeless families on Saturday, July 27th. If you would like to donate needed items or help with the event, click here.


For more information about Family Promise and how you can help, please click below to contact Karin Stamison.

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SCV Food Pantry and Helping Our Children

The Santa Clarita Food Pantry and Helping Our Children are the local organizations that our church supports through the Communion Sunday Food Drive. The organizations provide supplemental food to the residents of Santa Clarita and have experienced a significant increase in individuals seeking assistance during the past year.

A list of current needs is included in the bulletin the week before Communion Sunday, which is the first Sunday of the month. The donated groceries are then brought to the hallway in Fellowship Hall that Sunday morning.


Bridge to Home

Bridge to Home provides support services – including an emergency winter shelter, case management, housing navigation, and medical clinics – that help individuals and families in the Santa Clarita Valley transition out of homelessness. Periodically, Valencia United Methodist Church assists with preparing and serving meals for Bridge to Home clients.

Bridge to Home has need of supplies to help them keep things running smoothly.  If you would like to donate supplies, a list of those needed is here.

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Feeding It Forward - Tuesday dinner at the shelter

We have a long history of feeding and helping people in need.  In cooperation with other local faith communities VUMC provides a hot meal on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Volunteers provide and deliver dinner:  a hot dish, side dish, and dessert to the location in Newhall, and may simply drop the meal off or stay to help serve the clients.

Click here to sign up for dinners.

 

 

Hill’s Angels – Youth Prison Ministry (on hiatus)

Help incarcerated youth at the LA County probation camps who are searching for redemption, direction and meaning.


Blood Drive to benefit Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

July 23rd, 10:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Click here to schedule your blood drive appointment.

Looking for more ways to help? Check out our Congregational Care ministries.

We also offer opportunities for those interested in helping globally.