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 21st 2017, Pioneer Church council amended our church’s Social Justice policy. Click here to read.
-Homeless and Affordable Housing-
Pioneer Church has a history of speaking the 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 2018-2019-
This winter is so cold, and we will have a lot of rain! Here is the information of Winter Sanctuaries for homeless people 2018-2019. 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 the Sacramento region.
You can go to the “Find Help” page from this link.
Do you know over the 60% of the homeless population in Sacramento has a mental illness or substance abuse? Their needs are not only food but also appropriate mental health care. If homeless people want to take a mental health service from the county, they must contact the 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.