An Invitation from Louisville
Last year several of our congregations enjoyed visits with Rev. Trotman. We would love to hear from congregations that would like to be involved this year with a visiting peacemaker. Please let firstname.lastname@example.org know of your interest as soon as possible so we may plan a worthwhile time for a peacemaker.
Peacemaker dates will be September 25 – October 19, which is about 2 weeks later than last year. The peacemakers will be among us for 4 weeks with World Communion Sunday, October 4, right in the middle of their itineration this year.
A Quick and Easy Opportunity – $500 Food Grants Available
Women Thrive Dollar for Dollar Marches for IRC’s Thrive Program
Once again our good friends from Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco is making the offer of challenge for IRC. IRC is no longer accepting contributions designated for just the Vision Project. Vision is now part of Women Thrive. Women Thrive is a broader program for girls and women than just Vision. Now the project will work with girls and women 16-24 with more emphasis on career development following the workshop. Check the Presbytery website for more information on Women Thrive. (Under Partnership Working Group)
In 2019, PSF churches that contributed in addition to Old First included First PC in Livermore, Trinity PC in San Carlos, First PC in San Leandro, St. John’s in SF, LOPC PC in Lafayette/Orinda and Park Boulevard in Oakland. Some churches contributed more than $500.
Women Thrive IRC in Northern California
At least 50% of refugees are women and girls. Mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives face specific pressures and challenges when they resettle here in Northern California. For more than four decades, California has welcomed refugees with the help of IRC’s effective and thoughtful programs. IRC supports refugee women and girls, and we ensure we design programs that are accessible to all.
IRC in Northern California stands with the brave, resilient women who are rebuilding their lives here in the Bay Area. By supporting IRC in Northern California’s Women Thrive program you can show your support for the brave women from around the world we work with every day.
Through reuniting families, career development, access to housing, education, and other opportunities, IRC in Northern California helps ensure more than 1000 women and children thrive in our community each year. Together we can help ensure refugee #womenthrive.
Launched on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, IRC in Northern California’s Women Thrive program celebrates the achievements and strength of the women and girls we serve. Led by our teams in Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, and Turlock, Women Thrive programs include early employment and career development, the Vision Project and Youth Empowerment, HOME Connect and assistance with housing and home set up, Mommy & Me English language classes, driving license classes, and more.
We have many ways for you to get involved. You can donate much needed in-kind items, make a financial gift to the Women Thrive programs, and become a part of the team and volunteer for a Women Thrive program near where you live.
To learn more about the programs and volunteer opportunities in your area, please contact:
IRC in Northern California
440 Grand Ave, 5th Floor
Oakland, CA 94610