Outreach

Outreach

EFAN SPRING MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Trinity United Church Outreach Committee is one of the founding members of the EMERGENCY FOOD ACTION NETWORK. Service and faith groups meet twice/year to share information and resources to address emergency food issues in the North Okanagan. Partnerships formed at EFAN inform many TUC Outreach initiatives. Vernon Food Bank: registering 5 new clients/week. To access the Food Bank you must register to get a hamper once every 2 months plus 1 emergency hamper/year. Upper Room Mission serving 300 meals/day, 5800…

World Day of Prayer – Photos

Trinity United Church hosted the World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 2, 2018. The service, written by the women of Suriname with the theme All God’s Creation Is Very Good! provided an opportunity for Christian people all over the world to learn about the country of Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana) and to focus on how each of us can become more environmentally conscious.The service was attended by 173 people from a dozen different denominations and their generous offering amounted to…

Wildfires Response

We hold those affected by wildfires in our prayers as well as those who are supporting the evacuees. A letter from our BC Conference President is here. Doug Goodwin, writing on the BC Conference facebook page, says: “A number of people have been wondering whether BC Conference will collect money to assist those affected by the fires. From past experience we have found that sending financial donations to organizations that focus on relief work of this kind is more direct…

Cultural Competency Course

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, the Outreach Committee is offering this course facilitated by Okanagan Indian Band elders. Dates: Saturday, September 9 & 23, October 14 & 28, 2017 Times: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Facilitators: Eric Mitchell (Okanagan Indian Band Elder, Okanagan/Sylix knowledge keeper, Cultural competency facilitator for School District #22 staff and UBCO School of Nursing students, residential school survivor) Christina Marchand (Okanagan Indian Band Elder, Cultural Competency Facilitator for School District…

Refugee Team Update – Nov 2016

It has been over a year now since we began our work to sponsor refugees. Our first family, Pari and Martin, a mother and son have been in Vernon for 4 months now. They are settling into Vernon very well. Pari is taking English classes at VDISS Martin is taking upgrading course at the college. We will continue to support them for another 8 months. Our second family, Noura Deeb and her daughters Madelen and Claire remain in process with…

Trinity Food Bank

Our referrals come from Neighbour Link, a local Christian charity. They keep records of people requesting help, and are able to discern how best to give that help. TUC is only one of the Food Banks that provide for the community, but we are one of the few who have a budget to keep our shelves stocked. Neighbour Link has expressed great appreciation for our continued ability to support this ministry, especially during the time where other shelves are bare.…

Refuge Team Update – Sept 2016

We have had a very busy and rewarding summer. First family On July 12, at the Kelowna airport, we welcomed Trinity’s first family, Paridokht “Pari” and her son Martin after they had travelled for more than 36 hours from Turkey. Pari and Martin are sponsored under the B V O R (Blended Visa Office Referred) program. This is a shared sponsorship with the federal government, under which they receive financial support (equivalent to provincial social allowance) for their first six…

Refugee Team update – May 1, 2016

Vernon has welcomed it’s first Syrian family. Yussef and Fauda Alfaauri, and their five children, came to Vernon, in mid April, and are Government Sponsored Refugees.

Refugee Team Update

Our experience over the last six months has taken many twists and turns. When we started on this journey, we were seeing refugees fleeing Syria in the most desperate circumstances.  We knew that Canada would be accepting 25,000 refugees in a short time frame. We assumed that there would be a great need for sponsors for these families. However, a different process was used for the government assisted refugees and sponsoring groups like us were pretty much left out in…

Refugee Fundraiser

“Hope for a Family” Dinner, Silent Auction and Entertainment Saturday, January 30 at Trinity United Church Doors Open at 5pm Tickets $25.00 per person (now SOLD OUT) Tickets available at the Church Office Tues to Fri 9am – 5pm