Principles in Action, a Request to Support a Vision from Within Our Community
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
6th Principle : The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
In the past, our church community has come together when touched by the news of tragedies in the world, including reaching out to refugees fleeing wars and those affected by natural disasters. We are called by the 1st, 2nd, and 6th principles to take action when another human being, even those in faraway lands, are in great need. On June 25, we will be taking a special collection for a charity close to home being started by members of our own UUCJ family.
Jesse and Robert Hammond are launching their vision of dignity, justice, and peace for a small population in our own community that due to circumstances beyond their control, are in great need of help. Foster parents themselves, Jesse and Robert have identified a weak link in the process chain of the foster care system. Once a child enters or re-enters into the system, there is an urgent need to find a safe space for them to live. Sometimes a foster home is not readily available to help them begin their healing process. Until any available foster home is found, already traumatized children may find themselves sitting in a hospital, shelter, or in some cases, a halfway house with adults or a DCFS office for 12 hours or more with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Oftentimes, sibling groups are split with little hope of being reunited. Due to the urgency, the concept of a “perfect placement home” is a luxury caseworkers can’t afford, which means that any foster home will have to do. By placing foster children anywhere available in haste, this pairing of foster parents with foster children often ends in added trauma to the child.
Thus, “Angels’ Place” was born. Angels’ Place will be a temporary home for children waiting for such “perfect placement homes”, in a comfortable surrounding that recognizes the trauma that these children have been through. In this home foster children will be embraced by warmth, compassion, care, support, and love while giving time to the other links in the process chain to identify better placement options, including keeping siblings together.
As a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Jesse will bring the much-needed mental health support these children need, while they are in a place of repose, and recovery. Robert and Jesse have been foster parents since 2016 and having both been trained in trauma, they understand the urgency for this endeavor.
We hope that you can come to the service on June 25 and hear more about Jesse and Robert’s vision. We also hope that you will consider donating to this worthwhile effort in our own little corner of the world. In an effort to support our faith in action in our own community, the UUCJ Endowment Committee will offer a matching contribution up to $1,500 toward this effort. Our UUCJ children are our most precious resource. We care for them as if they were our own. We have an opportunity here to expand our embrace in support of children who, through no fault of their own, are in need of the same compassion and love.
Checks should be made payable to UUCJ with “Angel’s Place” in the memo line.
Thank you for your support.
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