Update March 19, 2020:
Upward Bound House has suspended all community events until further notice.
In order to facilitate good social distancing practices, the board of Upward Bound House has decided to cancel all community events, including the Family Place Community Meal. During this time, we are exploring creative ways to help our community, but the most important thing that we can all do is to practice social distancing. Stay at home when you can, and if you must go out, be sure to keep six feet of distance between yourself and others. These practices will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and will greatly help those who have little to no social safety net, particularly the most exposed among us. FUMC Santa Monica is continuing to offer our support to ministries that help alleviate homelessness and hunger in our community, which need our assistance now more than ever. To give toward these ministries, please visit our Giving Page. Thank you for your understanding and your support. And don’t forget to wash your hands!
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ABOUT COMMUNITY MEAL
Community Meal is a committed partnership between First UMC and Upward Bound House’s Family Place — our local transitional housing program for families with young children. The simple church community has worked diligently over the last few years to foster relationships with the staff and residents and to provide a monthly night of fun and food. Through the ministry of feeding and the ministry of showing up, First UMC volunteers engage in activities that create lasting impact and joy.
If you would like to be a part of this meaningful mission, please contact Nathan Oney email@example.com or call the church office (310) 393-8258. You can help by cooking or donating a meal, side, salad, or dessert or by volunteering to lead a craft or other fun activity for the kids. We can meet at the church at 5:30 p.m. the day of then walk to Family Place together, or just meet at Family Place.
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OTHER FAMILY PLACE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH FIRST UMC
The annual First UMC Angel Tree project in December provides the necessary home items such as towels, bedding, and cookwares for 21 apartment units. Families are then able take their items with them into their new homes once they have graduated from the program. For more information on this project contact the church office.
Every summer, the First UMC Sunday school children put their “Faith in Action” by collecting school supplies and assembling backpacks for the children of Family Place. For more info on how to contribute please contact Tricia Guerrero.
A long-time dream of the First UMC congregation came to life in the early ’90s when Rev. Don Shelby, church members, and staff focused the church’s mission on seniors and homeless families within this city. The Church partnered with Upward Bound House to raise money and lend its property for building state of the art housing and a subterranean garage. We continue on a daily basis serving this population and providing our congregation a place to volunteer that is near to our hearts.