Social Outreach Ministry
Being that service is a critical element of our Vision Statement and Core Values, which state, "We experience personal growth and self-realization as we intentionally give of our time, talent, and treasure in service to our community and our world," Unity San Francisco prides itself on our strong commitment to serving the community as we work to create a world that works for everyone - no exceptions. Thus, we believe that active outreach to those less fortunate than ourselves is a critical part of our ministry. To that end, there are many local organizations with which we partner to support our surrounding neighborhood, and our community mounts multiple initiatives throughout the year to raise funds and collect goods.
Urban Angels San Francisco
Nelson Barry and his team of friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow church congregants, and many others started Urban Angels San Francisco in the summer of 2016. Together, they raised funds so that they could bring hot burritos directly to those living on the streets, and over the course of several years, they have grown substantially. To date, they have handed out over 2,000 burritos to those most in need.
Once the word spread that Urban Angels SF was also accepting clothing, blankets, and tents, donations began pouring in, and as a result, the organization has also handed out over 10,000 blankets and articles of clothing in just two years. With its growing corps of volunteers, they are on track to double the number of hot meals they have handed out and triple their delivery of clothing in one year alone.
With their unique "one-on-one" program, volunteers work individually with clients to help them take advantage of the many governmental, NGO, charity, and individual resources designed to transition them from living on the streets to permanent housing. Through this one-on-one program, Urban Angels SF's leadership works in conjunction with volunteers to shepherd specific candidates who are currently living on the streets through the intimidating process of qualifying for assistance to acquire permanent housing.
More information about Urban Angels San Francisco can be found by clicking here.
Teddy Bears for Foster Children
During the month of February, our community collects new stuffed animals to be given to children who are being removed from their homes and taken into Child Protective Services. These toys are lovingly held and infused with love throughout the month during our Sunday Services. At the end of the month, they are given to the Family Court of San Francisco as a comfort to children suffering from the emotional trauma of being separated from their families.
Canned Food Drives
Several times per year, Unity San Francisco collaborates with the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank to collect non-perishable food items for the hungry.
Interested in supporting our outreach ministry or starting your own drive here at Unity San Francisco? Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org!