Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
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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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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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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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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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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