p8The UUSJ coordinates multiple community justice building and empowerment initiatives. These include:

Health Care

Several of UUSJ’s member congregations have been very active on the issue of Health Care, working with the group Health Care for All.

Affordable Housing

Many of UUSJ’s member congregations invest money in the Open Door Housing Fund, the successor to Unitarian Universalists for Affordable Housing. UUSJ’s office is housed in the offices of Open Door.

At-Risk Youth

The Banner Neighborhood Project is focused on growing a more healthy and vibrant community for children and families by identifying problems that need solving and involving the entire neighborhood in creating transformative solutions. Rather than looking for solutions outside the community, Banner lifts up the vision and capabilities of the neighborhood residents and invites people from outside to partner with them in supporting community growth. There are two after school clubs staffed mainly by volunteer Unitarian Universalists. Social Activities for the children are also planned by local Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Further, members of UUSJ regularly volunteer to work with the Beacon House Community Ministry, a program that works with at-risk youth and families in Edgewood terrace in DC.

Useful Links:
Promising Practices Network

Beacon House

National Mentoring Partnership

Public Education Network

US Department of Education

DC Voice

Literacy Programs
Food Ministries
Meals on Wheels

Heifer Project International

Bread for the City (Washington, DC)

Capital Area Food Bank

So Others Might Eat Washington, DC

Our Daily Bread Baltimore, MD

Beans and Bread (Baltimore, MD)

Food and Friends Washington, DC (AIDS patients)

Shepherd’s Table Silver Spring, MD
Open Door Housing Fund

National Low Income Housing Coalition

National Coalition for the Homeless

Habitat for Humanity

Rebuilding Together

Calvary Women’s Services (Washington, DC)

Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland

The Lighthouse Shelter (Anne Arundel County, MD)

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless

New Hope Housing (Northern Virginia)

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network(Arlington, VA)

Housing Maryland

United Community Ministries – Housing Programs
Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative

District of Columbia Primary Care Association

Virginia Quality Healthcare Network
Economic Justice
Citizens Intent on Reforming Corporate Accountability

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