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4 Reasons to Support Our Neighbors During Advent*

December 1st, 2023

Planting Hope

Since 1985, UCOM has been in the trenches, right in the thick of the fight against the root causes of poverty. Will you or have you joined us in this place that is sometimes ugly and hard and where people are suffering hurts that feel impossible to bear?

This is...

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You'll Be Glad You Did!

November 1st, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) report released October 25, 2023, reveals hunger in America soared...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Benefits of recurring giving

April 1st, 2023

Look around you. So many of your neighbors never had the privileges that we have.

I urge you to experience these questions.

What would you do if you were abruptly unemployed? 

What if this unemployment came on the heels of medical bills that depleted your savings? 

How...

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Thoughts on Freedom

March 1st, 2023

From Bishop Yvette Flunder (she, her)

These were some of my takeaways from a message by the bishop on MLK Day.  She used the story of the Israelites' escape from Egypt and their growth during their wilderness wandering as a starting point.

There are so many thoughts here...

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3 Things to Know About UCOM's Faith

February 1st, 2023

1. Faith is not a static nebulous noun. It is an action verb.

It is not what we think or feel or even believe. It is the activity that reveals our essence.

This kind of faith is not orthodoxy (saying or believing prescribed doctrines). It is orthopraxis...

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Plant, Water, Weed, Repeat

April 2nd, 2022

“Plant, water, weed, water, weed, weed, water, weed…” That’s what Trisha Belbot, UCOM’s Growing Green Neighbors Manager, replied when I asked her how to have a successful garden.

Then she added, “Know what you are doing and harvest at the right time....

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