Outreach Sunday, July 27th ‘Community Partnerships:
Meeting Needs and Addressing Social Issues’
This month thefocus for ‘Outreach Sunday’ will be on building community partnerships to help us meet the immediate needs of our neighbors and address related social issues.
In May, the director of Episcopal Charities invited the Trinity+St. Peter’s congregation to help sponsor the ‘Welcome Dinner’ for the National Street Soccer USA (SSUSA) Tournament which will be held at Civic Center (August 15-17). The local SSUSA program receives funding from Episcopal Charities because it addresses the root causes of poverty. Our Service and Mission Committee agreed to allocate money from our ‘Feeding Fund’ and to recruit volunteers to help prepare and serve the meal to over 200 athletes and their coaches. The dinner will be held on August 14th at Grace Cathedral and also is being sponsored by other Episcopal congregations.
The local executive director of SSUSA-SF, Rob Cann, and one of the participants will join us for the Education Forum on July 27th to share information about how the program responds to the root causes of poverty while addressing the immediate needs of participants. Our guests will be staying for the 11:00 a.m. worship service.
Episcopal Charities is comprised of volunteers, donors, professionals, staff and board members all passionate about ending the cycle of poverty. It is a granting organization with a focus on funding agencies around the Bay Area that help address root causes of poverty. One of the organizations receiving funding is Street Soccer USA. SSSUSA is a program for underserved and homeless youth and young adults offered in 20 cities throughout the USA. Participants play for more than ‘winning or losing, to better themselves, to better the community and to better the world’.
“(At SSUSA) We believe sports can be a primary tool in building safe, healthy communities, where everyone has a place to call home. Our mission is to improve, health, education and employment outcomes for the most disadvantaged Americans by using sports to transfer the skills necessary so that they can achieve these outcomes for themselves. We seek to raise awareness about the challenges of poverty in America so that as a country we can develop a more level playing field for all.” Here is a link with several compelling stories: