Showing all posts by tag "Poverty"
UCOM facing a crisis
September 21st, 2023
UCOM is currently facing the most significant financial hurdles of our nearly 40-year history. For the first time, the future of the organization, and the support you help provide to those in need, is in jeopardy.
Serious challenges lie ahead for UCOM and our neighbors and only you...
David's Healthy Adventure
August 1st, 2023
Taken from UCOM's Summer Newsletter
“It’s not just a handout but a friendship thing. You’re sharing something with someone.” This is what David had to say about the important place UCOM holds...
All Is Not Well
June 1st, 2023
No one appreciates the sentiments of Julian of Norwich better than I. “All shall be well, and all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be well.”
I appreciate the positive sense of this proverb especially when I need to remind myself that whatever...
Two Ways You Can Help to Eradicate Poverty
May 1st, 2023
Like many of our neighbors, Brenda works for less than $9 an hour, not enough to pay for childcare for her two pre-schoolers. If her 70-year-old mother-in-law were unwilling to watch the children for free, Brenda would lose money if she worked.
Food-service workers are, if anything,...
Helping People to Flourish
May 16th, 2017
Breaking poverty’s grip, ending economic oppression. Those are two noble goals. They may also be too big for me. I’ve thought a lot lately about WHY. Why is UCOM here? Why am I at UCOM? What are our goals?
HunGRy - Day Six
October 4th, 2011
DAY SIX - Monday, September 19
I’ve lost four pounds in the past five days. That’s something that I can’t do counting calories. (I can count too high!) When I am seriously working to stay within my food allowance of $4.37 a day, I just can’t afford to eat enough relatively...
HunGRy - Day Five
September 26th, 2011
DAY FIVE - Sunday, September 18
Have you ever stopped to think how much of our lives revolve around eating in this society? It is definitely more than satisfying hunger. This experiment in eating as well as possible on $4.37 a day has made me so aware of my profligate eating habits. Though...
HunGRy - Day Four
September 20th, 2011
DAY FOUR - Saturday, September 17
Quiet Saturdays are good days for reflection. Today was not as difficult as I thought it might be in my quest to eat on $4.37 a day for a week. Often our Saturdays are filled with eating, visiting with friends, eating, shopping, eating, doing fun stuff,...
HunGRy - Day Three
September 19th, 2011
DAY THREE - Friday, September 16
Confession: OK, I admit it; I cheated on my commitment tonight. What’s worse, I did it deliberately. In my defense, I must say that I had declared this intention when I took the pledge.
[Today is the third day of my participation in the HunGRy?...
HunGRy - Day Two
September 15th, 2011
DAY TWO - Thursday, September 15
Today I blew all but 50 cents of my food budget on lunch. It was an excellent lunch at an exceptionally low price--$3.99. Since I didn’t have breakfast this morning, I have enough left for an apple before bed.
[Today is the second day of...