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 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.
If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please click below to contact Karin Stamison.
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.
Feeding It Forward - Help needed in April and May
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.
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.
Be Out There Sunday
June 23, 2019
We set aside one day each year to take the church out into the community to serve and assist local agencies and organizations.
This year’s projects include:
Helping the Children - take laundry to the laundromat for washing, drying, and folding (coins and supplies provided)
Santa Clarita Grocery - sort and inventory groceries
Single Mothers Outreach - sort and organize collected donations
Salvation Army - make blankets to be given to their clients
More to come….