Mission Action Updates

The Rainbow Community Center in Concord was selected to receive our June Mission Action gift. From their website, “Rainbow Community Center builds community, equity, & well-being among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning & Intersex (LGBTQIA+) people & our allies.  Since 1995, we have been offering support & social opportunities to the LGBTQIA+ community & its allies.”  While some of their programs are still curtailed due to COVID, they offer community mental health services, HIV education and prevention, Kind Hearts food pantry, youth and adult support programs, houseless transitional youth program, and senior programs. Learn more at https://www.rainbowcc.org/ .

Our July gift will be going to Vallejo Together. Founded in 2010, Vallejo Together strives to lead and support the healthy development of our community working in collaboration with our partners in the areas of business, culture, education, faith, government and safety. FCCV continues to explore how we can work with Vallejo Together as one of their faith partners towards their mission of fostering change, awakening hope and offering opportunities to neighbors and families impacted by homelessness and related crises. Find out more about the work they do at https://www.vallejotogethercommunity.org/ .

Common Groud Update

Common Ground Leaders recently met in our Sanctuary to talk together about our issue teams, our frustrations, our hopes, and our upcoming work.

Here are just a few things coming up:

-Accountability Action for City Council Candidates & Others - Tentative Date October 12th, 2022.
-During the Summer we will begin an Independent Donor Investment Campaign.
-Public Safety Team will have a study session for the Vallejo City Council which will be open to the public.
-Public Safety Team will have a meeting with all City Council candidates to teach them about our Civilian Oversight Ordinance.
-The Housing Team will continue to pressure Solano County to follow through with eviction protections.
-We are talking about having several neighborhood walks around the city in the fall.
-We will have house meetings and many many one on one conversations!

As you see, there is a lot happening in the life of Common Ground. As a dues paying member institution, First Christian Church is an owner of this organization and that means we have a voice and we are building our own power. Remember even if you do not attend a meeting, you can take ownership of this work! You should feel proud about what we are accomplishing.

As always, if anyone is interested in discussing more about Common Ground and our work, please do not hesitate to reach out!