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Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!

Housing Initiative logoLast spring we announced our proposal to place two modular homes on FCC property to be able to offer transitional housing to families through a St. Vincent de Paul  program called Connections.  We are still working towards this goal.  However, we have found that getting approval for our plan does not fall easily under a variety of city programs.  As we pursue possible avenues to reach our goal, we are also advocating for changes in city requirements to allow us to move forward. We have attended and spoken at meetings of the Housing Policy Board Task Force 2, Eugene Planning Commission, Eugene City Council and others, while also meeting with specific city employees in an effort to further our goal of providing affordable housing. Throughout this process, our underlying desire is for other places of worship to be able to use our eventual success as a model in siting affordable housing on their own property.  Keep us in your prayers as we journey forward!

Overnight Car Camping Program update:  First Place Family Center, the day center for families who are without housing, has a new director, Emily Baran. Emily met with members of our Housing Initiative Team recently and we were excited to hear that there are still opportunities to get involved with the Overnight Car Camping program for families. While we prepared to welcome families over a year ago, none were referred to us. We realized from talking with Emily that our policy as first created for participating in this program made our property inaccessible for most families. We are in the process of revising our policies and hope to welcome families to our property in the near future. We’ll let you know when families are referred to us!

It was a great joy to welcome Paul Neville, Director of Communications and Grants and the Youth House at St. Vincent de Paul, to share with us a Ministry Moment on January 14. Paul invites us all to the Youth House Open House on February 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Youth House across from the South Willamette Post Office.  The Youth House will house teen girls who are in high school. Paul thanked us for being the first in the community to offer a year long scholarship in support of a student. He also shared with us the exciting news that the Crossfire Church on Amazon has been purchased by St. Vincent de Paul to become a permanent site for an emergency shelter for families. We are blessed to partner with St. Vincent de Paul in so many ministries that serve those without shelter in our community, and we will continue our work until all in our community have safe and affordable housing.

What's Happening?

  • Suitcase Ministry
    Suitcase Ministry
    Some of you may remember an intern at First Place Family Center, Andrea, who worked with us during a past Interfaith Shelter. For her high school senior project, she gathered used suitcases for the families at...
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  • Talent Show, Dinner, and Silent Auction
    Talent Show, Dinner, and Silent Auction
    Calling One, Calling All! Come to the Water! FCC Youth and the core Tasajera team are combining intergenerational forces to grow opportunities to be together in Christ with our brothers and sisters in Hawai’i and El...
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  • Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    It is our church’s turn to assist with food rescue at FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) on Monday, February 19. We meet at 6 p.m. and repackage food from the U of O, local grocery stores, hospitals, and...
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  • Third Act February 19
    Third Act February 19
    Dr. Doug Carnine is a retired Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Oregon. For the past 40 years, Doug has also been a lay leader in the local Buddhist community. Doug will address the...
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  • Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!
    Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!
    Last spring we announced our proposal to place two modular homes on FCC property to be able to offer transitional housing to families through a St. Vincent de Paul  program called Connections.  We are still working...
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  • Festival Choir for Lent begins Feb. 21
    Festival Choir for Lent begins Feb. 21
    All interested singers are invited to participate in Festival Choir! This is a great opportunity for those interested in singing who don’t necessarily want to commit to the year long Chancel Choir membership.  First Congregational Church’s...
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  • Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Have you visited our church and want to know more about us? Please join us for a gathering on Sunday, February 25 at 9 a.m. in the Barber room. This will be a great opportunity to get acquainted...
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  • Photo of Shelter meal prep (Susan B. & Lydia)
    Interfaith Overnight Shelter February 12-26
    Highlighting a Volunteer Need: Night Shift Some people can sleep just about anywhere, under any circumstances. Are you one of these people? We have the job for you! You would be one of two people who...
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  • New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    Updated hearing assisted devices are now available for use in the Wheeler Room, Chapel, and Sanctuary. Whether you use an existing hearing device or would simply like the room’s sound amplified for easier hearing, we’ve got...
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