The John G. Lewis Endowment Committee is excited to announce the decision to grant this year’s endowment income of $5000 to a project with the Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH). The Mission of EGH is “to provide a welcoming and respectful refuge where women (including transgender women) who experience homelessness, economic insecurity, and trauma have access to a caring community and critical resources.” The funds will be used to renovate and repurpose an older kitchen into a new Empowerment Space to provide services that may include support groups, yoga, meditation sessions, and training in living skills, self-defense, and nutrition. The space will enable an increase in distributing clothing to clients, including transgender clients who may have a greater need for clothing that will help them feel confident and safe. The Empowerment Space may also be used as sleeping and resting room when it is not in use for other services. Women who have been on the streets often need a safe place to rest during the day.
The Endowment committee chose this project in part because it is consistent with UCUCC values, and those expressed in the John G Lewis Endowment. This includes providing a great opportunity to build relationships with an organization that is our neighbor as this program space is located at University Lutheran church. We will be able to donate items, participate in cleaning and painting days, help at fundraising events, and help spread the word about their mission. We hope that this is project in which all ages can participate.
If you have questions, want more information, or want to help, don’t hesitate to contact our committee. We are very grateful to have this opportunity.
Submitted by the John L. Lewis Endowment Committee (Marty Curry, Dan Johnson, Erin Johnson, Carol Nelson, Mark Peterson)