Special Projects

Compassionate Christmas Gift (Virtual) Market

November is upon us, and that means that Christmas is not far off. In that spirit, please plan for United’s Compassionate Christmas Gifts that give compassion, joy, and peace to people and places in need. More info in the December newsletter on how to give, but start planning your shopping now! Gifts available: 

  • Santa Fe Shelters for the Homeless:  $50
    Dinner for 8 Guests (St. Elizabeth, Casa Familia, Interfaith Shelter or Youth Shelters).
  • New Mexico Immigrant Law Center:  $25
    Legal Services for Children, Youth, and Families.
  • Books for BOOKKIDS:  $15
    New book for Public School child (often with no books at home).
  • Church World Service:  $10
    Emergency Disaster Blanket (Global and National Relief Work).
  • A Child’s “Comfort” Backpack:  $20
    Through Solace Crisis Center, a backpack with pj’s, stuffed animal, and other things a child needs.
  • Iraqi Refugee Women’s Empowerment:  $25
    3 “teaching hours” of marketable skills for Yazidi, Kurdish, and Sunni Women in refugee camps, after fleeing ISIS in 2014, now facing Covid19 and political violence.

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Supporting Our Diné/Navajo Brothers and Sisters

The Navajo Nation of northern New Mexico and Arizona has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The systemic issues of poverty, lack of clean water, and inadequate health care impact the rising number of cases and death. The United Church of Santa Fe has a decades-long relationship with the people of the Diné/Navajo Nation. Mary Hasbah Roessel grew up in Round Rock, and her brother, Monty Roessel, is the President of Diné College. Our former Office Administrator Ella Natonabah Jones grew up in Fort Defiance, along with her older sister Helen, mother of United’s Nurture Center teacher Carrie McCabe. For a number of years, United has had youth and adult service trips to the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance. Because of this connection, United’s Outreach Team invites your donations to help support Good Shepherd’s relief work with families and elders throughout the area. All financial donations to United for “Diné Support” will be sent directly to Good Shepherd and used to provide food and cleaning supplies. Thank you!

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United’s Shelter Dinners Feed Persons Who Are Homeless
and Support Santa Fe Businesses!
You Can Help!

As “shelter in place” directives developed in mid-March, United Church also increased our commitment to Santa Fe’s Shelters for persons who are homeless. Since it’s not feasible (or safe) to provide food from our individual kitchens, we have contracted with “Felipe’s Tacos” to provide twice-weekly lunches for 100+ Interfaith Shelter guests. We are also continuing our monthly dinners for St. Elizabeth and Casa Familia (30+ guests for each).

We invite you to join this effort by contributing financially to United’s “Shelter Meals” outreach ministry. The 100+ lunches for the Interfaith Shelter cost about $650 each Monday and Thursday. The 30+ dinners for St. Elizabeth and Casa Familia each cost about $250/month. (We supply the side dish, dessert, and salad from a local grocery store and partner with a local restaurant to provide the entrée.)

To donate, please send a check to The United Church of Santa Fe, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (memo: “Shelter Dinners”) or click the “give now” button and enter your amount of donation in the “Shelter Dinners” box.

Thanks to the generosity of United members and friends and members of the Santa Fe community, we raised $3,540 in April to help feed the homeless during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Casa Familia Family Shelter Dinner
First Wednesday of the month

St. Elizabeth Dinner
Third Tuesday of the month 

Interfaith Shelter Lunches
Mondays and Thursdays

 

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