Homelessness
& Poverty

United Church of Santa Fe is committed to giving back to the community. In pre-pandemic times, members would regularly volunteer at the shelters and help to provide weekly meals for persons who are homeless. We have since shifted how we are involved, but there are still numerous opportunities to help and be involved in the community. 

United's Shelter Lunches and Dinners for Persons who are homeless and Support Santa Fe Businesses!

In March 2020, when businesses shut down and shelter space for persons who are homeless decreased due to Covid19 safety measures, United Church stepped up our commitment to the
wider community. To support local Santa Fe businesses and to feed people who are hungry, we contracted with “Felipe’s Tacos” and Much Gourmet Sandwiches to provide 150 meals each week for Interfaith Shelter guests. We also continued 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 150 meals for the Interfaith Shelter cost $820 each week. The 60 dinners for St. Elizabeth and Casa Familia guests cost $300/month. Since March 2020, United members and friends have contributed over $56,000 to underwrite the weekly meals (that translates into 9750 burritos and almost 5000 sandwich suppers. We invite you to join in this important ministry. 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.

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 recent Nurture Center teacher Carrie McCabe. Over many years, United has sponsored 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” are sent directly to Good Shepherd to provide food and cleaning supplies. Thank you!

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