Blue Christmas: A Service of Remembrance and Hope
Blue Christmas: A Service of Remembrance and Hope

For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult. For others, Christmas Eve, or New Years Eve, or the beginning of another lonely New Year. In this service, we’ll share in some singing appropriate to the Christmas season, recognizing that this is not a season of joy
for everyone. We will invite you to reflect on the pain, the loneliness, and the sadness you may feel and offer it all to our great sign of hope, the Christ Child. We pray that you will find hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone. 
-Grace Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC

Opening The Door Wider: Who Is Missing From Your Pews?
Opening The Door Wider: Who Is Missing From Your Pews?

This brochure touches on three groups of individuals missing from many places of worship: Aging, Those with Temporary Disabilities, and those who are Disabled. It gives insight to external reasons why these groups are not participating and then looks at internal, or things we are doing that are not warm and welcoming. This resource is a gift from the Diocese of Oklahoma.

Challenging Violence (from Diocese of CT)
Challenging Violence (from Diocese of CT)

This website seeks to provide resources for individuals, families, congregations and dioceses to engage in the work of challenging violence. There are pages of resources that are pastoral and educational. There is also a page of advocacy resources and possibilities for connecting with other organizations involved in advocacy and challenging violence. We are always looking for additional resources, so you if know of things we could add or if you have questions, please email: challengingviolence@gmail.com.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that - prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health.

The website includes links to downloadable tip sheets, booklets and other guides addressing a wide range of topics including many in Spanish.

Congregational Accessibility Network
Congregational Accessibility Network

The Congregational Accessibility Network (CAN) promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in faith communities.  CAN provides tools for individuals and families, friends and advocates, and faith congregations and communities. CAN's goal is for all religious communities to be accessible, welcoming and inclusive of persons with disabilities.

filed under Interfaith, Guides/Toolkits     tags Disability
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
National Alliance for Hispanic Health

To improve the health of Hispanic communities and work with others to secure health for all. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation’s foremost source of information on Hispanic health and a science-based and community driven advocate for health.

filed under Secular, Handouts, Español     tags Prevention
Summer Food Service Program
Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

filed under Secular, Español     tags Nutrition, Youth
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Suicide Prevention Resource Center

SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. 

NeedyMeds.org
NeedyMeds.org

NeedyMeds' mission is to be the best source of accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information on programs that help people facing problems paying for medications and health care; to assist those in need in applying to programs; and to provide health-related education using innovative methods.

needymeds.org

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Earlier this year the popular Children's Television Workshop show Sesame Street introduced Alex, a muppet whose father is in jail.  To go along with this new storyline, they have developed, multimedia tools for families with young children (ages 3–8) who have an incarcerated parent.  In 2007, an estimated 1.7 million children under the age of 18 had a parent in prison.

Incarceration Toolkit

En Espanol