We're Here to Serve

Caring for God’s People

We are dedicated to serving the needs of the least, the lost and the lonely.
For example, for more than 20 years, on Tuesday each week people of the church provide a home-cooked dinner for residents at Midway Shelter, the local refuge for homeless women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
Our Youth group, and other people of the church participate annually in the Midway Fun Run, an annual fund-raising event to benefit the Shelter. We also have a great turn out in support of the annual Alameda CROP Walk, which provides funds for anti-hunger projects locally and beyond.
We're active participants in an ecumenical community project that provides “Welcome Baskets” for the new residents of Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) and back to school supplies for APC families. In recent years Angela's Bistro, with other Alameda businesses & congregations, has hosted a complimentary Christmas Dinner for one and all - we support this by hosting diners in our Social Hall, with food served from our kitchen.
People of this church assists with Volunteers In Misson Trips, and TTUMC people offer a helping hand at Habitat for Humanity Work Days.
We support active military and veterans by working through Operation S.A.M., bi-annual East Bay Stand Down events, and through a strong Prayer Ministry for military personnel, veterans and their families. Annually, in March, TTUMC host a luncheon event to honor the service of active duty and retired military women as part of History of Women in the Military Week. As part of our effort to be a welcoming church for veterans, we provide information about available services for veterans and their families
We have an active, well-trained Stephen Ministry team available to offer one-to-one, confidential, caring support during times of crisis and beyond. Members of this team are ready each Sunday after worship to pray with and for you.

Stephen Ministry at TTUMC

“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34

Graphic of Stephen Ministry Logo “Stephen Ministry” is a program that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian, one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in a congregation and the wider community. This program was first conceived in 1975 by a pastor in St. Louis who established a training program to equip lay people in his church to partner with him in caring for members of the congregations and persons in the wider community. Other churches asked his help in designing such a program for them. Soon the idea caught on and today more than 10,000 churches across the country have instituted the Stephen Ministry to enhance their own ministries. For a more detailed introduction to the development of the Stephen Ministry see http://www.stephenministries.org

Stephen Ministers are committed Christians who:

We're Here for You - our care for Veterans, Active Duty and Their Families

Persons from TTUMC are actively involved in prayer and ministry to support veterans, active duty military service personnel and their families. We're gradually developing an ever wider circle of contacts within non-profit and governmental agencies.

Where Help Can Be Found: Local Agencies and Non-profits

Graphic of Alameda County Social Services Logo Graphic of California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Inc. Logo Alameda County Veterans Service Office
Contact: Michael Ennis (510) 577-3547 or via E-Mail: mennis@acgov.org
The Alameda County Veterans Service Office (VSO) operates in the Alameda County Social Services Agency, Department of Adult and Aging Services, under the direction of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The VSO serves all of Alameda County. View their website by clicking on the following link: www.alamedacounty.veterans_services

If Michael Ennis is unavailable you may go to the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Inc. site www.cacvso.org to obtain a detailed list of offices in the 56 counties of California. This office provides information on federal and state veterans' benefits and help veterans or their dependents complete applications forms for benefits. These benefits include outpatient, extended and ambulatory health care, compensation, pension, insurance, education assistance, vocational rehab, home purchase assistance and burial allowance.

Graphic of Swords to Plow Shares Logo Swords to Plowshares
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to more than 1500 homeless and low-income veterans annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. They are also able to assist OIF/OEF veterans (active duty after 9/11/01). Find help at www.swords-to-plowshares.org

Graphic of California Statewide Collaborative - rebuild hope - Logo California Statewide Collaborative
Contact: Mary Ellen Salzano (408)779-6916 or (408) 489-0911 cell or via E-mail maryellen_salzano@yahoo.com.
"The purpose of the California Statewide Collaborative ("CASC" or "Collaborative") is to be a strong voice advocating for a wholistic, compassionate continuum of services, treatment and care for our service members, veterans and their families. It provides a forum to share information and education, raise awareness, and promote strategic partnerships that will streamline and improve access to health and human services." The link to this group's directory of non-profits and federal, state and local agencies providing direct services and support to veterans and their families can be explored by clicking www.rebuildhope.org

You can get a directory of Support Providers from the Collaborative's website, click here to download a copy of the directory. This is an invaluable resource for service providers and for those seeking assistance with a variety of issues.

Graphic of Coming Home Project Logo Coming Home Project
The Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing compassionate care, support and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. We are a group of veterans, psychotherapists and interfaith leaders committed to helping transform the wounds of war. We help veterans and family members rebuild the connectivity of mind, heart, body and spirit that combat trauma can unravel; renew their relationships with loved ones; and create new support networks. We build a safe space - a community for veterans and their families to come together and share their stories, struggles and accomplishments. Single veterans are also most welcome. You can find the Coming Home Project at www.cominghomeproject.net

Where Help Can Be Found: State Agencies

Graphic of California Department of Veterans Affairs Logo California Department of Veterans Affairs
Its mission is to Serve California's Veterans and their Families. More specifically, to provide California veterans and their families with aid and assistance in presenting their claims for veterans' benefits under the laws of the United States; to provide them with beneficial opportunities through direct low-cost loans to acquire farms and homes; and to provide the state's aged or disabled veterans with rehabilitative, residential, and medical care and services in a home-like environment at the California. Visit the website at www.cdva.ca.gov

Graphic of California Veterans Homes Logo Veterans Homes
The link is www.vethomesfoundation.org.

Where Help Can Be Found: National Resources

Graphic of National Resource Directory Logo National Resource Directory for Servicemembers and Veterans
The National Resource Directory is a web-based “yellow book” for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families and those who support them is now available through the following link: www.nationalresourcedirectory.org.
The Directory, developed by the US departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs provides more than 10,000 services and resources available through governmental and non-governmental organizations to support recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.

Graphic of Military One Source Logo Military One Source
This is a one stop shop of educational resources, consultations, and referrals including child care and counseling for active-duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status), and their families. They are in the process of revamping their website but you can find them at www.militaryonesource.com or at 1-800-342-9647.

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