Justice For All People
The church’s Social Justice Committee combines social justice advocacy (or prophetic witness, as some of us like to call it) with direct service to the community (or charity, as some of us don’t like to call it).
The committee’s initial advocacy efforts have focused on homelessness and affordable housing, speaking to — not for — the church and recommending some state and local public policy advocacy efforts that the church has then adopted. It works with the Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT), the Sacramento Housing Alliance, the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness, and the California Council of Churches.
We’ve also suggested some social justice hymns to Pastor Phil, who’s incorporated one them – “For Everyone Born, A Place at the Table” into the worship services. For some of us, it’s now one of our favorite hymns.
We’re looking now for direct service opportunities in addition to our church’s ongoing support for efforts including the Safe Ground, which allows us to shelter and feed about 200 of our homeless neighbors once a month, and the River City Food Bank.
The committee fits into the church’s structure as a subgroup of the Outreach Board.
We usually meet at 11:30 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month. The meetings so far haven’t had formal agendas, which has let our spirited group to jump in and speak up. We’ll see how well that keeps working.
Members and friends of Pioneer with a passion for social justice are invited.
Social Justice Committee
May 17th 2015, Pioneer Church council approved our church’s Social Justice policy. Click here to read.
-Homeless and Affordable Housing-
Pioneer Church has a history of speaking truth (as we see it) to power on behalf of our homeless neighbors and for affordable housing for all who need it. This month we wrote Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen inviting him to talk with us at our Fellowship Hour about our church’s support for better police treatment of people who are homeless and for strengthening, not weakening, the city affordable housing ordinance. While speaking for the church, we also honor each church member’s freedom to make their own individual decisions, and there is no implication that the church speaks for all its members. The letter is posted on the bulletin board.
-Winter Sanctuaries in Sacramento 2015-2016-
This winter is so cold, and we will have a lot of rain! Here is the information of Winter Sanctuaries for homeless people-2015-2016. Click here to go to 211 Sacramento web site.
Where can I find help?
Sacramento Steps Forward manages the Sacramento City and County Homelessness Continuum of Care. They work to coordinate, develop and implement policies that address homelessness, with a focus on solutions that will improve system efficiency and reduce the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Sacramento region.
You can go “Find Help” page from this link.
Sacramento Free Eats Chart
There is a lot of information about homeless food provider, but sometimes it is difficult to figure out when and where homeless people can get a meal in Sacramento. So, one of the Social Justice Committee members made a chart. However, we would like your corrections, comments, or additions for our next update to provide more accurate information.
Do you know over the 60% of homeless population in Sacramento has a mental illness or substance abuse? Their needs are not only food but also an appropriate mental health care. If homeless people want to take a mental health service from country, they must contact to Guest House.
1400 North A Street, Bldg A, Sacramento, CA 95814
Provides full-range professional outpatient services, including psychiatric medication evaluation and treatment, mental health nursing, service coordination and linkage/referrals for housing and ongoing services. Saturday clinic hours are available.
-Sacramento County Mental Health Respite Services-
These mental health support places for homeless people will not give them medication but make a bridge to access the appropriate mental health care from our community.
|Adults In Crisis|
|Crisis Respite Center||(916)737-7483||www.tlcssac.org||Respite care for individuals 18 and older for up to 23 hours|
|Abiding Hope Respite House||(916)287-4860||www.tpcp.org||Short-term respite available 24 hours/7 days a week|
|Ripple Effect||(916)807-7305||www.achurchforall.org||LGBTQ-friendly drop-in respite|
|Adult Women In Crisis|
|St. John's Program for Real Change||(916)453-1482||www.saintjohnsprogram.org||Respite and on-site support for women and women with children|
|LGBTQ Adults In Crisis|
|Lambda Lounge||(916)442-0185||www.saccenter.org||LGBTQ-friendly planned and drop-in respite|
|Gender Health Center||(916)455-2391||www.thegenderhealthcenter.org||Transgender-centered drop-in respite|
|Homeless Teens/Transition-Age Youth In Crisis|
|Wind Youth Services||(916)561-4900||www.windyouth.org||Drop-in respite for youth age 13 to 25|
|LGBTQ Teens/Transition-Age Youth In Crisis|
|Sacramento LGBT Community Center: Q Spot||(916)442-0185||www.saccenter.org||Drop-in respite and dop-in support groups for youth age 13 to 23|
|Adult Caregivers In Crisis|
|Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center||(916)728-9333||www.deloro.org||Respite for caregivers caring for family members with dementia. Please contact them before you use their service.|
|Parents Of Adoptive Children-Parents In Crisis|
|Capital Adoptive Families Alliance||(916)834-3700||www.capadoptfam.org||Respite through events for adoptive parents of children with complex mental health needs. Please contact them before you use their service.|
|Youth, Adult Planned Respite|
|Iu-Mien Community Services||(916)383-3083||www.unitediumien.org||Respite through events for youth, adults, and older adults of the Mien community. Please contact them before you use their service.|