Welcoming Neighbors Home
In Tapestry’s Welcoming Neighbors Home Initiative, we work to serve, and to advocate for, people experiencing homelessness. A group of nearly 40 volunteers are working on this effort. We provide dinner one night a week at the Friendship Shelter Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Beach, run food drives and kit-making drives. And we are advocating for more affordable housing – and specifically for 125 permanent supportive housing units in Lake Forest by 2025, and for 700 such units in South Orange County by 2035.
Women’s Rights Action Group
The Women’s Rights Action Group is a dynamic group of women, men and youths gathered together to apply our Unitarian Universalist principles in support of women and women’s issues. They provide a network of information and partnership opportunities focused on women to actively engage in as individuals or in groups.
The Green Sanctuary Program is designed to give roots and wings to the vision that, together, we can create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth central to our lives. For more information or to get involved contact Carol Semelroth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Orange County Detainees
FOCD, formerly Friends of Orange County Detainees, began here at Tapestry in 2012. Our original mission was to offer regular visits to any undocumented detainee who indicated a need and/or a transfer program from point of release to detainee’s sponsor for asylum seekers.
While Covid-19 has necessitated that we suspend in-person visits until it is safe to go back to detention centers, we continue to offer listening ears and compassionate hearts in an act of friendship to end isolation and affirm each person's human dignity and worth. We are currently doing this through letter writing and phone calls. We would love to have you join us.
To learn more about FOCD or to become a volunteer, please visit the FOCD website.
New Beginnings is a group of volunteers from Tapestry and three other Orange County churches whose goal is to welcome refugee families from Afghanistan and help them adjust to life in America. We do this by addressing their needs for residency status, housing, food, transportation, healthcare, employment…and friendship. You can pick from a variety of tasks and needs from taking someone to go shopping for groceries or to a doctor appointment to more involved tasks like apartment hunting, applying for a job or just navigating life in Orange County.
We also join in various projects with other Unitarian Universalist organizations, e.g., Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry (UULM) and Pacific Southwest District (PSWD), and other organizations involved in social action.Some of the links to these organizations and others are as follows: