~Angel's Place~

Principles in Action, a Request to Support a Vision from Within Our
Community:
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice
for all;
In the past, our church community has come together when touched by the
news of tragedies in the world, including reaching out to refugees fleeing
wars and those affected by natural disasters. We are called by the 1st, 2nd,
and 6th principles to take action when another human being, even those in
faraway lands, are in great need. On June 25, we will be taking a special
collection for a charity close to home being started by members of our own
UUCJ family.
Jesse and Robert Hammond are launching their vision of dignity, justice,
and peace for a small population in our own community that due to
circumstances beyond their control, are in great need of help. Foster parents
themselves, Jesse and Robert have identified a weak link in the process
chain of the foster care system. Once a child enters or re-enters into the
system, there is an urgent need to find a safe space for them to live.
Sometimes a foster home is not readily available to help them begin their
healing process. Until any available foster home is found, already
traumatized children may find themselves sitting in a hospital, shelter, or in
some cases, a halfway house with adults or a DCFS office for 12 hours or
more with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Oftentimes, sibling groups
are split with little hope of being reunited. Due to the urgency, the concept
of a “perfect placement home” is a luxury caseworkers can’t afford, which
means that any foster home will have to do. By placing foster children
anywhere available in haste, this pairing of foster parents with foster
children often ends in added trauma to the child.
Thus, “Angels’ Place” was born. Angels’ Place will be a temporary home for
children waiting for such “perfect placement homes”, in a comfortable
surrounding that recognizes the trauma that these children have been
through. In this home foster children will be embraced by warmth,
compassion, care, support, and love while giving time to the other links in
the process chain to identify better placement options, including keeping
siblings together.
As a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Jesse will bring the much-needed
mental health support these children need, while they are in a place of
repose, and recovery. Robert and Jesse have been foster parents since 2016
and having both been trained in trauma, they understand the urgency for
this endeavor.
We hope that you can come to the service on June 25 and hear more about
Jesse and Robert’s vision. We also hope that you will consider
donating to
this worthwhile effort in our own little corner of the world. In an effort to
support our faith in action in our own community, the UUCJ Endowment
Committee will offer a matching contribution up to $1,500 toward this
effort. Our UUCJ children are our most precious resource. We care for them
as if they were our own. We have an opportunity here to expand our
embrace in support of children who, through no fault of their own, are in
need of the same compassion and love.