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 A series of stories about All Saints’ gifts to the city

When the Berlin Wall was brought down in 1989 and the threat of nuclear war and communism waned, George Regas, All Saints Rector during that time, addressed the congregation challenging us by saying “It is time now for All Saints to bring our energy and advocacy and organizing home! It is time for All Saints to give a gift, to contribute to this city of ours.”

Some remarkable people from this congregation — including Lorna Miller, Director of the Office for Creative Connections (OCC) — began exploring that challenge. A group of dedicated activists like Dr. Don Thomas and the late Lou Fleming met regularly in the OCC trailer around the big round table and decided that each person should go out into the community to talk to as many people as possible in all the neighborhoods of Pasadena … especially Northwest Pasadena. They were commissioned to ask “What do you think is the most pressing need in our community?”

After months of walking the community and engaging people in conversation, serious needs were evident, in particular, healthcare access for children and youth and substance abuse.

Thus began the engagement of the Office for Creative Connections in launching and supervising two major initiatives that to this day are offering services for our neighbors: 1) Day One, empowering youth by building vibrant, healthy cities by advancing public health; and 2) Young and Healthy, offering free health care to children in need.

Join Sustainable World and the Economic Justice Nonviolence ministries at All Saints on Sunday, October 30th at 12:30 pm in Sweetland Hall for a light lunch and the opportunity to listen to two dynamic leaders of these important local organizations.

Dr. Don Thomas, Board Member of Young & Healthy, will share his experience and his stories about the beginning of the Office for Creative Connections.
Christy Zamani, Executive Director of Day One will share stories of young people counseled, guided and strengthened by Day One’s programs.
PUSH, a catering service offered by Harambee Center in Northwest Pasadena and provides jobs for local young people, will cater the lunch ($10.00 per person).

In the coming months Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Executive Director of Young and Healthy will tell the story of the critically needed health care services needed by Pasadena children, and the generosity of local physicians and health care providers who offer free care. Also joining us in the future will be representation from Union Station who will share the stories of the compassionate services for Pasadena’s homeless. All Saints Church founded Union station in 1973 thanks to dedicated volunteers and has grown tremendously in order to help men, women and children rebuild their lives, and end homelessness.

For more information about the ongoing work of the OCC contact Juliana Serrano — Senior Associate for Peace & Justice and Office for Creative Connections — at jserrano@allsaints-pas.org or 626.583.2731

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