At the Intersection of Church & Society

Monthly Donations for the Wallace Vanucci Emergency Shelter

The Presbyterian Women will sponsor and encourage monthly donations to support the Empower Yolo Wallace Vanucci Emergency Shelter, the local shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence, sexual abuse or human trafficking. The thirty-six bed facility is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter offers safe refuge, a comprehensive empowerment program, therapeutic services, and case management to women and children who have been victimized by violence.

How it works:Each month we will receive items for the shelter and deliver them to Empower Yolo. They are thrilled with the offer and their request for the months of May and June is for juice and snack items for children as the shelter anticipates the summer break. Coffee and tea for adults are appreciated. Place your donation in the area designated at the back of the Sanctuary, or in the church office. We will deliver donations to D Street House, which is located on our campus at 4th & D. The D Street House staff will be sure our donations are delivered to the shelter.

STEAC Food Donations

For many years, DCC has made non-perishable food donations to STEAC (Short Term Emergency Aid Committee) with a basket in the back of the sanctuary. Now that we have returned to our sanctuary, we have searched for a more efficient way to contribute food to STEAC. Enter the STEAC Neighborhood Food Project! This Project provides a steady, reliable source of non-perishable food year-round, by collecting food from community members every other month.

How it works:It is built around two types of volunteers.

Neighborhood Coordinators (NC) – Coordinates groups of Food Donors and provides each household with a green reusable bag for food. They will pick up the bag and leave a replacement bag for the next donation.

Food Donors commit to donating food every other month. The “official” collection day is the second Saturday of each even month (June, August, October, etc.). They leave their non-perishable food in the green bag on their doorstep for the Neighborhood Coordinatorto pick up. STEAC provides a list of ‘most needed’ items as a guide, which is updated every few weeks on their web site. It’s so easy!

More information and an easy sign-up form is available on their web site at
Look for an information table in the back of the sanctuary following the 10:30 service. Pick up an information sheet, and get answers to any questions you might have. This is a wonderful way to involve the whole family as you fill your green STEAC bag every other month.

The Call to Help Refugees

War, conflict and instability in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have led to the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) estimates there are

40 million refugees worldwide. We can help. Presbyterian Disaster Response supports the work of Church World Service and other organizations to respond to this humanitarian crisis.

One great organization that is close to us is:

Opening Doors, Inc.
Center for New Americans

1111 Howe Avenue, Suite 125, Sacramento, CA 95825-8521
Phone: 916-492-2591 | Fax: 916-492-2628
Faith Community Engagement:

Opening Doors has a wide range of giving and volunteer opportunities. You could drop off furniture or household items, set up an apartment, or pick refugees up at the airport. Check them out!

Pete Haws, Church & Society Ministry
(530)757-1251 or




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