Social Justice Collection November

Our Unitarian Universalist values include Love & Generosity.  Each month we offer an opportunity for us to be in action with these values.  This month is the Social Justice Collection is for  “A New Way of Life”  (ANWOL).

Susan Burton established A New Way of Life Reentry Project ANWOL 25 years ago after serving six terms in prison. From its humble beginnings as a single reentry home in South Los Angeles, ANWOL has expanded to 12 safe homes and has helped more than 1,600 formerly incarcerated women find shelter and safety. More than 4,000 individuals have had pathways to employment cleared thorough their pro bono legal team. Hundreds of women and mothers have returned to their communities to become college graduates, small business owners, lawyers, and community leaders. And perhaps most exciting of all, 31 partner organizations in 18 states and 4 countries are replicating their acclaimed reentry model.

ANWOL doesn’t just provide safe housing and legal clinics. ANWOL also provides advocacy on behalf of formerly incarcerated people and leadership development for justice-involved women. They empower and build the leadership skills of formerly incarcerated people; they hire formerly incarcerated people; and they provide cutting edge organizational leadership that promotes resources for disenfranchised people living in communities that have been marginalized.

For more information on ANWOL and Ms. Burton, see anewwayoflife.org. To see video testimonies of women ANWOL has helped, see http://testif-i.com.

You can support A New Way of Life Reentry Project up until the last Sunday of the month, by mail, text, or online. If by mail, note “Social Justice Collection” on your check, and send it to UUCLB, 5450 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90808. Using Text-to-Give, to give $25 for example, text the words “25 Special Collection” and the amount to 833-931-1845. To cover any convenience fees for the church, you can add the word “cover” (so “25 Special Collection $25 cover”) or simply text “Cover fees on” to cover fees on all text gifts. For online giving go to uuclb.org/give.