May 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
St. Marks UMC
16 May 2017


Greater Arden Chamber:  Shaun Dillon, Porsche Middleton
St Michaels:  Mary Groesbeck
St Marks:  Kevin Jenkins, Eva Martin, John McCormack
Sierra Arden UCC: Tom Totora

Click here to download the meeting handouts

Kevin opened with a prayer followed by self-introductions.


Jonique Walker, Family Resource Aid, and Molly Reagh, Coordinator, from the Mutual Assistance Network were the presenters. They are from the Arcade Community Center which is now located at 2427 Marconi. The main focus of their presentation was on the Black Child Legacy Campaign.

In Sacramento County, between 1990 and 2009, the death rate per 100,000 children was 53.2, however for African Americans the rate was 102.0. The Arden-Arcade neighborhood had the second highest rate (35% with Meadowview/Valley the highest at 41%) among all categories for African American children. Those categories included perinatal deaths, infant sleep related deaths, parent or care giver homicides, and third party homicides.

Sutter Health Foundation awarded a grant to their program to reduce this rate by increased education and community involvement.

Two key points of the program now are the Birth and Beyond Center (formerly housed at St. Matthews) and their Home Visitation program.

The staff of 16 (including AmeriCorp interns) is aided by volunteers.

They are seeking to education the community through outreach programs, to connect to families that can benefit from their parenting courses and/or home visitations.

They also have a Youth Leadership Intern program at Encina High, which they hope to spread to other campuses in the coming year.

Old Business:

Kevin reported on making a presentation about AACFC to the local Catholic “Call to Action” (CTA) group. CTA is inviting AACFC members to their 4 June event with Dr. VanAken (see the attachment).

The Resource Guide will be updated within the next two week. Please forward any new or corrected information to Kevin at as soon as possible.

New Business:


Member updates:

St Michaels – will have a major remodeling of its Sanctuary staring June 11th that will last most of the summer.

St Matthews – there is a Community Meal planned for the 26th of June. Additional volunteers are welcomed.

God’s Helping Hand – Mary noted that funds continue to come in from many source. Last month there were 15 families served.

Greater Arden Chamber – Shaun noted that SMUD has a new community grant program called “Shine”. Applications are accepted through June 26th. See the fliers for details.

Sierra Arden UCC – The church hosted Family Promise the week of 23 April and they received help from Jesuit High School volunteers. Tom provided a note from Sara Brabec and he encouraged others to reach out to these students for assistance that can earn them community service hours.

There was some discussion about how the Jesuit students might be of aid to community cleanup programs such as the one the Arcade Community Center was talking about.

St Marks UMC – John noted the church’s Social Justice Advocacy Team continue to monitor the County budget process and they will be at mid-June hearing to seek better funding for homeless related programs.
St. Marks is actively exploring becoming a “sanctuary church”.

There was a short discussion on the current status of Sacramento City and County homeless programs

Next Sessions:

7 June at 6 PM, host Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, presenter Faith Whitmore from the Family Justice Center.

Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training For the General Public 
sponsored by Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services
 An 8-hour training course designed to give members of the general  public skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
 Friday, May 26  •  8 am–5pm, lunch provided
Sacramento Native American Health Center
 2020 J Street
Space is limited so register soon.

April 1, 2017 Minutes

Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
Meeting at
1st Church of Christian Scientists
18 April 2017

LC of Our Redeemer: Jason Bense
St Michaels: Mary Groesbeck, Julie Linderman
1st Ch Christ Sci: Rocky Jarvis, Kristen Wakefield
St Marks: Kevin Jenkins, John McCormack
Grace Presbyterian:  Linda Sweetman, Tom Sweetman
Sierra Arden UCC: Tom Totora
ATLAS of Carmichael: Scott Young

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Kristin opened with a devotional reading followed by self-introductions.
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Daniel Sederquist, a Recruitment Specialist from Stanford Youth Solutions, spoke.

The organization originally began as Stanford Orphanage in 1900 by Leland Stanford and his wife. The name was changed to reflect that they no longer operate an orphanage and that their mission now includes programs such as:

  • Crime Prevention – for youth
  • Mental Health – including integrated treatment and behavior services
  • Family Partnerships
  • Permanent Family Connection – for youth in need of foster care

Daniel’s role is with the Permanent Family Connection program. They attempt to find homes for some of the 2,500 youth in Sacramento County needing foster care. The greatest need is for homes for:

  • Teenagers – especially girls
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Pregnant and/or parenting teens
  • Sibling sets

They need parents who are

  • Over 25
  • Have space for a child
  • Have a vehicle and insurance
  • Have a source of income

It was also noted that a criminal history does not automatically exclude possible parents. These are looked at on a case-by-case bases.

Parents can be single, same-sex, or traditional couples.

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New Business:

Some suggestions were made about having an event in the fall, similar to the February event. At least something to draw representatives from other faith communities.

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Old Business:

God’s Helping Hand – Mary noted that funds coming from many source.

There was some discussion about finding a way for dry cleaning to be provided for job seekers.

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Member updates:

Sierra Arden UCC – The church will be hosting Family Promise the week of 23 April and they are looking for teenagers who need community service hours to come and spend are of the evening hosting. Call Tom at 214-1827.

St Michaels – completed ten thousand meals for the Stop Hunger Now program with the help of 50 volunteers.

The church distributed $1,200 worth of grocery gift cards for Easter via St. Matthews and River City Food Bank.

St Matthews – is expanding the ESL class. IRC is also to start a “Mommy and Me” class there. RCFB is still on track for an October opening at St. Matthews.

ATLAS of Carmichael and Christ Community Church – Scott updated us on HART program in Carmichael. It is getting a lot of faith community support and it plans on having its own Winter Shelter type program. It is also looking into partnering for transitional housing.

He also reminded the group that ATLAS does make clothing available for job hunters, via its partnership with other churches.

Christ Community Church had been active in the Citrus Height’s HART Winter Shelter program this year and it was an eye-opening experience for church members. They now are starting a Third-Saturday Outreach program at the church from 9:30 until 2:00. Homeless folks can get meals, clothing, showers and the hope is to expend to include some health services.

St Marks UMC – John noted the church’s Social Justice Advocacy Team toured the San Francisco Navigation Center. Click Visit to San Francisco Navigation Center – April 7, 2017 for the report.

Family Promise has been staying on campus this week.

St. Marks is actively exploring becoming a “sanctuary church”.

Grace Presbyterian – Linda is looking for more volunteers from any of the faith communities to help with the Cal-Fresh booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

The church will be hosting a workshop on growing herbs on May 20th from 1:00 to 3:00. Attendance is limited. Click here to send a an email to reserve your spot .

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Next Sessions:

16 May at 2:30 PM, host St. Marks UMC, presenter Danielle Lawrence from Mutual Assistance.

7 June at 6 PM, host Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, presenter Faith Whitmore from the Family Justice Center.

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Respectfully Submitted,

Kevin Jenkins

Spring Treats

Passover and Easter have surely filled up everyone’s calendars this week, but next week you have two treats.

In honor of Earth day PBS is airing  “SEED: The Untold Story” as part of  their “Independent Lens” series.  This documentary  about the importance of heirloom seeds to the agriculture of the world, focuses on seed keepers and activists from around the world. The directors, Taggart Seigle and Jon Bets are also responsible for  the documnetaries “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” and “The Real Dirt on Farmer John”

Check your local cable or broadcast air listings for times. Below are some local service listings:

Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m., channel 388

Monday, April 17, 7 p.m. channel 389
Friday, April 21 at 11 p.m. channel 6

Over the Air (if you receive the broadcast channels over the air rather than through a cable service)
Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m., KVIE channel 6.3

Click here for  information on how you can engage via Thunderclap to spread the word via social media.
On Tuesday night (April 18) the Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities (AACFC) is hosting a presentation by Daniel Sederquist from Stanford Youth Solutions.
The meeting starts at 6 and will be held at Carmichael 1st Church of Christian Scientist,
4949 Kenneth Ave.
Everyone is welcome.

The Power of One dinner

The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento is hosting

The Power of One Dinner
Wednesday, May 17 • 6 pm

St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
3235 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

Sister Claire Graham Wellspring Women’s Center, Co-Founder
Reverend Jim Hare Dharma Center of Sacramento
Jan Merrill Baha’f Faith, Rocklin
Dr. Oscar Wright Calvary Christian Center (North Campus)

Giving Back to the Community Awards
Bread of Life Center
Core Connectivity: A Foundation to Empower Families

Table: $800
1/2 table $400
Individual tickets: $100

To order
Jeanne at:
(916) 719-0382
or order online at

Click here for a flyer for: The Power of One Dinner

Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento
PO Box 15246
Sacramento, CA 95851

What’s new?

The recap of  our March 20 meeting featuring Jasmeen Kairam, outreach manager at My Sister’s House, have been posted (see Meeting Minutes). The minutes include  links for the handouts and for more information about upcoming events and featured organizations.

Here are just a few of the meeting highlights:

Sacramento County had launched their 2017 competitive grants program for non-profits funded by the County Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT).

St. Ignatius is hosting a Spring Blessing on March 20 at 11 am

There’s talk of arranging a viewing of “Seed: the Untold Story” A film about the importance of heirloom seeds to the agriculture of the world, focusing on seed keepers and activists from around the world.

The God’s Helping Hand laundry program could use a financial infusion.  (Learn more about this program on our Resources page.)

Then next meeting is April 18, 6 PM at First Church of Christian Scientist, 4829 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento. Our speaker will be Daniel Sedequist from Stanford Youth Solutions.

Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
Meeting at Grace Presbyterian Church
14 March 2017

St. Ignatius: Jeanne Anderson-West
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer: Jason Bense
Sierra Arden UCC: Megan Brooks
Greater Arden Chamber of Commerce: Shaun Dillon
Sierra Arden FC: Delores Forkey
St. Michael’s Episcopal: Mary Groesbeck, Julie Linderman
St. Marks UM: Kevin Jenkins, John McCormack
Grace Presbyterian: Linda Sweetman,Tom Sweetman
1st Church of Christ Scientist: Kristen Wakefield

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Linda read two prayers “Stretch Our Sympathies” and “Stretch Our Energies”, followed by self-introductions.
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Jasmeen Kairam, Outreach Manager, from My Sister’s House gave ane overview of their organization.

My Sister’s House originally began to serve the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and children who were impacted by domestic violence, at a time when that population was not well served by existing agencies. It now offers it services to women of all backgrounds.

It has a 24/7 Help Line (916) 428-3271 which provides help in multiple languages to women in crisis. They can do intake as well as refer to other agencies and programs.

Their three shelter programs are:

  • Emergency Shelter – for women and their children faced with domestic violence. There are six beds available for 30 to up to 90 days. They offer counseling and legal assistance.
  • When funding is available and the six beds are full, they can offer motel vouchers.
  • Transitional Housing – a six bed extended housing for up to two years for women requiring a longer period to resolve their issues and gain needed life skills.
  • Sex Trafficking Victim Housing – a new program offering six bed to women who are escaping sex trafficking.

My Sister’s House also has a Women to Work Programs. This programs offers life skill training, help creating resumes, job interview skill development, healing programs and therapy programs, as well as mentorships.

My Sister’s House operates My Sister’s Café a volunteer based breakfast and lunch café located at 455 Capitol Mall, #110.

Other funding comes from grants and donations.

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New Business:

Shaun shared information about the County’s TOT Grant  for community organizations, funded by revenue from the County Transient Occupancy Tax. Julie Linderman will check details, but all are encouraged to look at the attached flier (Click here for flyer) and follow up with local non-profits they know who might benefit.

There was most discussion about the movie “Seed: The Untold Story”. (Click here for more about the film) Grace Presbyterian may be arranging a viewing of this, the third film in the series, at Sierra Arden UCC and using the AACFC to share information on this with member congregation.

The Sac Bee article with the Produce For All Schedule  ( was shared. Jeanne has a pdf copy that she will forward for distribution.

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Old Business:

God’s Helping Hand – Mary  noted that funds are running down. She will check with St. Michaels’ book keeper to tap into the Spiritual Life Center donation.

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Member updates:

1st Church of Christian Scientist – Kristen noted the VOA operated homeless program at 904  11th Street at I Street that house 50 people each night. There are cages available for pets.

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer – Jason has offered to host the June meeting.

St. Ignatius – Jeanne noted three items:

St. Ignatius will host the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento’s “Spring Blessing on Our Communities” on March 20th at 11 AM. (Click here for flyer)

“Feed-A-Family at Easter” signup continue. Distribution will be April 8.

They are looking for a Notary for a special project.

Grace Presbyterian – Linda said planning for the next “Farm to Every Fork” in the fall will be resuming.

St Michaels – Their Crab Feed on February 25th has generated funds for various outreach programs.

St. Michaels sent 35 volunteers to St. Marks to help with the Winter Sanctuary program on the 8th.

They will have two Easter Egg Hunts, one for younger children and the other for older kids.

Sierra Arden Food Closet – Delores noted they have been giving out pillows supplied by Target, as well as toilet paper and pet food. They are considering expanding their operation and increasing the food issued from a three-day supply to a four-day supply.

The six churches backing this Food Closet are: Good Shepard Lutheran, Sierra Arden UCC, Grace Presbyterian, Arden Christian, Cottage Community, and Congregation Beth Shalom

Sierra Arden UCC – The church continues to make kits for the International Rescue Committee to be used for Afghanistan refugees. The items needed for these kits can be found at:

St Marks UMC – John note that the church will hosted Winter Sanctuary on 6-9 March and it will do a second round on the 21st – 24th March.

Kevin noted Boy Scout Troop #53 did a huge food drive for the Food Closet.

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Linda closed by re-reading one of the opening prayers.

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Next Sessions:

18 April at 6 PM, host 1st Church of Christian Scientists, presenter Daniel Sedequist from Stanford Youth Solutions.

16 May at 2 PM, host St. Marks UMC, presenter Danielle Lawrence from
Mutual Assistance Network (MAN).

7 June at 6 PM, host Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, presenter Faith Whitmore from the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center.

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Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins

Community Events

Therapists Rising
A symposium on Refuge
and Immigrant Issues

Sunday, February 26, 2-5:15 pm
Presented by Therapist for Social Responsibility
St. Mark’s UMCm 2391 St. Mark’s Way
General Public $10 donation
Professionals $30 including 3 CEUs
Are you disturbed by the targeting of Muslim and Hispanic communities? Want to help but not sure how? Our panel includes immigration lawyers, field direGtor of World Relief, therapists who have clients on the front lines, a family dealing with ICE & more.
Click here to download flyer for registration information.


Performing for Peace
A benefit concert and art show

for International Rescue Committee of Sacramento and our refugee families
Saturday, March 11, 7-9 pm

Unitarian Universalists of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 for children under 12

Free Parking. Childcare provided for young children if requested in advance.
Click here to download flyer for more information.

Feed-a-Family at Easter
St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
Lent Faith in Action Project 2017

Accepting donations of funds, food,supplies and time to feed families this Easter season
$60 feeds a family of two, $75 feeds family of four, $90 feeds a family of six

For a complete list of needed food and supplies, funding options and volunteer information click here to download our 2-page flyer.