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Episcopal Impact Fund Sunday
In 2020, Episcopal Impact Fund Sunday was established to lift-up the Impact Fund's mission of advancing pathways out of poverty while celebrating and fostering relationships with congregations in the Diocese of California.
Each year, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Episcopal Impact Fund invites congregations — pastors, staff and congregants — into relationship while we express our gratitude for their good works.
2023 Episcopal Impact Fund Sunday
In 2023, inspired by the Lenten tradition of almsgiving, the Impact Fund have given a Lenten Almsgiving Grant to one organization advancing pathways out of poverty in each Deanery in the Diocese of California. These grants were given in the names of the congregations and deaneries. We hope that these grants further the collective mission of doing God’s work in our communities.
The recipients of the 2023 Episcopal Impact Fund Sunday Lenten Almsgiving Grant are:
Berkeley Food & Housing Project, Deanery of Alameda
Berkeley Food & Housing Project's (BFHP) mission is to ease and end the crisis of homelessness in their communities — the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, San Joaquin, Sacramento, and Amador. BFHP believes everyone has the right to affordable housing and healthy food to eat. Every day, they advocate for and partner with individuals and families experiencing housing and food insecurity. They live out their mission by providing emergency food and shelter, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing with support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. (bfhp.org)
Building Futures, Deanery of Southern Alameda
Building Futures’ mission is to build communities with underserved individuals and families, where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and domestic violence. At Building Futures, they believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home. That’s why all of Building Futures’ programs and services are aimed at helping clients overcome their obstacles to permanent housing. To that end, they provide Alameda County individuals and families in need with shelter, domestic violence support and advocacy, and housing services. (bfwc.org)
City Hope, Deanery of San Francisco
City Hope is the living room for those without enough living space in the Tenderloin. With programs like City Hope Community Center and City Hope House, they provide a trusted gathering place and creatively offer as many elements of home as possible for our neighbors on the margins. (cityhopesf.org)
Homeward Bound of Marin, Deanery of Marin
Homeward Bound is Marin County’s chief provider of shelter, housing and support services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. They serve approximately 1,000 people per year in 18 inter-related residential programs. Homeward Bound of Marin provides solutions to homelessness and advocacy in Marin County. Their services are designed to end homelessness for every person served, whatever their circumstances. Their overarching goal is to end homelessness in Marin County. (hbofm.org)
Peninsula Family Services, Deanery of the Peninsula
Peninsula Family Service (PFS) strengthens their community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives. PFS provides comprehensive services, including early learning, financial empowerment, older adult programs, and employment, that support individuals and families at various stages of life. (peninsulafamilyservice.org)
Trinity Center, Deanery of Contra Costa
Trinity Center is a non-residential program serving unsheltered and unstably housed adults. They serve as a doorway to opportunity, providing essential safety net services and a pathway forward for vulnerable populations. They advocate for those who are seeking housing, financial stability, and wellness. Their mission is to uphold the values of dignity, respect, inclusion, equity, and vibrancy of life for all. Trinity Center envisions a community working together to address the devastating effects of poverty and remove barriers to stable housing through compassionate services, education, shelter and advocacy. (trinitycenterwc.org)