Action’s Emergency Homeless Shelter
Action provides a limited number of beds and hot meals to homeless adults (ages 18 and older) on a nightly basis. Prior to leaving the Shelter in the morning, guests are also provided with bag lunches. Members of UUSR prepare over 40 of these bag lunches on Wednesdays, twice monthly. This adds up to more than 700 bag lunches a year for the homeless and others in need at the ACTION Shelter.
Members (and sometimes their children) meet twice monthly, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 4 pm, to prepare the lunches and deliver them to the ACTION shelter. The food continues to be paid for by generous donations from a wide range of parishioners, while 10-20 members actually make the lunches. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check payable to UUSR with Action Lunches in the memo line to UUSR, 4 Cleaves St, Rockport, MA 01966. If you would like to help make lunches please contact Chris Doyle at 978-546-2989.
Members of UUSR are involved with The Open Door in two areas:
1. Meals: Four Saturdays a year, members of UUSR prepare and serve dinner to anyone who is hungry or lonely. Residents of Gloucester, Manchester, Rockport, Essex, and Ipswich are served free dinners in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Lacey Cominsky is in charge of organizing the volunteers, should you wish to contact her. Open Door (which includes the Food Bank), is located at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester.
2. Food Bank: We coordinate, collect, and deliver contributions of non-perishable food. Members are sometimes told of dire circumstances and the following Sunday, the basket is full to overflowing.
UUSR has agreed to be a support church to the Rockport Congregational host church, for this program for homeless families. About 20 of UUSR’s members have been trained to help with hospitality at our neighbor church. Scott DeLuca is the coordinator for our church. For a week, the “host” church houses homeless families and volunteers from several religious institutions help with food preparation and service, childcare, employment and housing help, etc. See www.familypromisensb.org for more information.
Guest at Your Table
Each year members of the UUSR participate in the Guest at Your Table program, an annual fundraising and education program that supports the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC). Individuals and families take home a Guest at Your Table box to collect loose change and bills throughout the program.
Every year around the winter holidays and into early January, the members and friends of the UUSR bring in winter mittens/gloves, hats and coats to be donated to Pathways for Children.