Thank you for your generosity in helping us to meet changing and increased need in the midst of these uncertain times. Last week we served 300 meals, set up two handwashing stations and provided soap to all of our guests to take with them. Your contributions made this possible and will enable us to continue to meet this unprecedented need in the coming weeks. We are halfway to our goal! We are deeply grateful! We would love it if you would consider sharing the campaign on your social media accounts and inviting others to help us meet our goal of $10,000!
The Grace Cafe Team
We encourage you to continue volunteering with our Grace Cafe meal on Sunday evenings. We are here every Sunday evening and look forward to your continued partnership. Volunteers arrive at 3PM each Sunday for orientation. We complete each Sunday evening by 730PM. Please reach out to Ben Lasley at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know if you are able to volunteer. If you are not able to volunteer in person we invite you to consider contributing to this gofundme.
We are saddened and appalled that myths around the origin of COVID-19 have caused targeted and racialized violence. It may be instinctual to direct our fear toward others in anxious times, but it is harmful and unwarranted. We invite you to counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups. It is important to remember as justice-seeking people we are called to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever form it presents itself even in the midst of fear and in times of uncertainty. Speak up when you hear false information, bullying or hate speech.
We are all healthier and more resilient as a community when our local, state and federal governments enact common sense social policies. Grace Cafe and its parent nonprofit is related to the United Methodist Church. United Methodist in our Social Principles believe that Healthcare is a Human Right. Our Social Principles state “Creating the personal, environmental and social conditions in which health can thrive is a joint responsibility—public and private.” (Social Principles, ¶162.V) “God created all of us to thrive and be well. Today’s world poses barriers to that. Too many of us lack access to quality health care when we are sick, and preventive care when we are well.” We invite you to join us in contacting your legislators to advocate for universal paid sick leave, and healthcare access for all people. You can contact US Senators and Representatives via the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society’s online email form here. You can also call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and get connected with your Representative and Senators.