In 1993 the Community Church adopted a Vision Statement that reads in part:
Building community within our church and beyond our church,
we are challenged to create:
Hope where there is despair,
Justice where there is oppression,
Wisdom where there is ignorance,
Purpose where there is aimlessness,
Human concern where there is indifference.
Homeless Lunch Program Task Force sponsors a lunch on the first Thursday of each month at Westminster Presbyterian Church for people who are hungry and homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. Our church members and friends have prepared food and served these monthly lunches since 1999.
Community Church members participate in MarinREST, the church-based emergency shelter program that provides homeless people a hot meal and a safe place to sleep each night during the rainy season, November through April.
The Keneth Kiyija Task Force arranged for Keneth Kiyija of Uganda to come to the Bay Area for life-saving heart surgery in 2008. Following his recovery and return to Uganda, we encouraged his founding of Hope for African Children (HAC) to improve the lives of AIDS orphans in his country. From small beginnings—passing out school supplies and toothbrushes—HAC now provides school uniforms and tuition for scores of village children and promotes family self-sufficiency through animal husbandry and handcraft projects. The task force continues to offer support and advice to Keneth and Hope for African Children.
Dora Ford, our Parish Associate of Mission, devotes herself to prison ministry and works at a halfway house for paroled prisoners in San Francisco. Her areas of specialization are recovery and reconciliation. Focusing on making God’s love visible, she serves as a bridge between communities of faith and men and women caught up in state or federal correctional systems. At Christmas each year the church puts together gifts of socks, toiletries and homemade cookies for each of the 200 plus residents at the halfway house.