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Dear Friends,

First United Methodist Church in Salinas hosts a Neighborhood Services Center for those who are homeless or struggling to stay in their housing. The building is open six days a week from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM for breakfast and lunch, mail service, restrooms, clothes room, art room, computer room, telephone, and hygiene items. There are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings on the church grounds every single day as well as once a week veterans …


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Small Group(s)

Dear Church,

One of the best ideas John Wesley had, were his small accountability groups. Covenant groups were structured so people could “watch over one another in love” as they walked together through this life.They were meant to strengthen relationships, celebrate victories of the spirit and develop faith.

Five days a week, from 8-9AM, there is a covenant group that meets in the “Blue Room”. It is a mandatory meeting for our NSC core staff, the Social Workers have been joining us, Haati will sometimes drop by and mostly, I have the honor of getting us started and trying to keep us focused. We spend some time talking about our core values: sometimes we do this through art, sometimes poetry, sometimes scripture, always we season our time liberally with laughter. With the addition of Will and Maria to our staff, we are adding a 10 minute educational and training aspect to our time together.

This grounding ourselves in the work of “holy conferencing” flavors how we address and wrestle with the problems, issues and […]


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Acronyms

Dear Church,

I recently thanked the City Planning Department and the City Council for the ESG funds we were receiving in the new grant cycle that would allow us to assist our guests more thoroughly and completely, especially in the area of housing. (A couple of definitions. ESG= Emergency Services Grant; CDBG= Community Development Block Grant funds; HMIS= Homeless Management Information System; CARS= Coordinated Assessment And Referral System)

This past Tuesday I spent the day in training for the HMIS and the CARS systems. Basically, these systems will allow us to gather information (with permission) from our guests and have them be entered into the master list for housing in the county. My head was stuffed full when I left and several colleagues who have been using the systems for a few years now have warned me […]


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         Cindy Storrs    NSC Administrator