About Change for the Future
Gandhi said that “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Here at First Unitarian, our “Change for the Future” program has been part of our religious practice for many years. Each year, a committee seeks church members’ nominations of organizations serving the Albuquerque and New Mexico communities, reviews the applications, and sends them on to the Social Justice Council (SJC).
The SJC reviews the applications and then presents the organizations to the congregation at the January Annual Meeting, where four organizations are chosen to receive three months of our time, attention, and financial contributions. The Change for the Future Committee provides support to each of the groups elected, helping them educate church members about their missions.
To learn more about this program, contact the Change for the Future Committee Chair, John Ellig.
March-May: OffCenter Community Arts
- Believes art-making is central to community building
- Promotes positive self-identity and resilience through art making by providing a safe environment, free of charge, for creative social interaction with an emphasis on enhancing the lives of those most marginalized in our community.
- Visit: http://offcenterarts.org/
June-August: Family Promise of Albuquerque
- Serves homeless families in Albuquerque by arranging shelter and food with local church congregations for 30-90 day periods
- Provides three meals a day, assists with life skills assessment and guidance, provides job training to parents and assists the families in finding sustainable housing
- This collection benefits the city-wide program, not just the First Unitarian group.
- Visit: http://www.familypromiseabq.org/
September-November: New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice
- Collaborates with faith communities to create an inter-faith alliance in New Mexico for immigrant justice
- Seeks to educate our communities about immigration issues, provide compassionate services to immigrant families and advocate for a humane immigration policy that promotes family unity and respects the inherent dignity of every person
- Visit: http://nmfatihcoalition.weebly.com/ (note: “fatih” is the correct spelling of the URL)
December-February 2017: Parents as Teachers South Valley Home-Visiting Program
- Evidence-based home visiting model providing a broad context of parenting education and family support, and building protective factors, especially for those families in vulnerable situations; relationship-based and parenting-focused.
- Serves a range of families with high needs and offers services throughout the continuum from prenatal to kindergarten entry.
- Visit: http://cdd.unm.edu/cms/Programs/echfs/pat.html