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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Mar 1: Social Justice


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Social Justice

Dear members,
The SJC (Social Justice council) has reluctantly decided to cancel our monthly sign vigil for now. Sadly, we have not had enough support on this worthwhile project during COVID. We will start up again once we are firmly in church, and feel more comfortable. Thank you to all those who have held signs each month outside of UUCT for the past two years. Passing traffic have, for the most part, loved our commitment with our signs, hence all the happy tooting of horns!
Our Share the Plate for the month of March is Youth On Their Own: YOTO
The Problem
YOTO’s chief focus is education, specifically a high school diploma, as a tool to break the cycle of poverty. Arizona currently has the 2nd worst graduation rate among the 50 US states (NCES, 2018-2019 school year data) and over 5,600 homeless students have been identified in Pima County (Arizona Department of Education, 2014). Graduation rates for youth experiencing homelessness are extremely low due to the stress they face with their daily circumstances. Without the stability of a home and support of a family, youth experiencing homelessness face unique barriers to education such as the inability to meet school enrollment requirements, high mobility/instability, lack of transportation, poor health, fatigue, and hunger. When these challenges are not addressed, youth are unable to enroll in or attend school, preventing them from obtaining the education that is both their legal right and their best hope for escaping poverty.
Our Solution
Youth On Their Own (YOTO) supports the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness in Pima County. We strive to eliminate barriers to education and empower housing insecure youth in our community to stay in school. For over 35 years, we have supported this unique demographic by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, guidance, and more. With the help of our amazing YOTO Family, YOTO has supported over 20,000 local youth in their journeys toward high school graduation!
Cafe Justo!
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are always going. This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 
Please contact Sue Watts for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As most of you know, the SJC (Social Justice Council), on the last Tuesday of every month, collect hard boiled eggs, other food items, good used clothing, towels, toiletries, pet food and other suitable items for one of our favorite non profits, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Every day, Casa Maria feed up to 500 hungry homeless and low income Tucsonans. Many members of our congregation make hard boiled eggs, and meet a UUCT volunteer at our church, on the last Tuesday of each month, between 8 and 9 am. 
 Each month, a UUCT member can sign up to drive along with donations for an unforgettable tour of Casa Maria. 
If you would like more information about our UUCT commitment with Casa Maria, please email Sue Watts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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