UU Church West’s “Split the Plate” program is one of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offerings to a non-profit organization, to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community. Our Split the Plate partner for mid-July through August is The Gathering of Southeastern Wisconsin.

In addition to serving meals, the Gathering seeks to respond to other needs of guests when possible, including mental health, medical, housing, food share assistance, and supply distributions.

Mental Health Assistance is provided for Gathering guests during the breakfast meal at The Gathering at Running Rebels (1300 W Fond Du Lac Ave). The Gathering collaborates with the Homeless Outreach Nursing Center (HONC) to provide mental health services to breakfast guests, 60-70% of whom are homeless, many with mental health and/or addiction issues. The focus of the mental health staff is to locate, stabilize and house the homeless mentally ill.

Housing Assistance is provided during the breakfast meal at The Gathering at Running Rebels (1300 W Fond Du Lac Ave). The Gathering collaborates with Milwaukee County Housing Division providing outreach to any individuals currently experiencing homelessness. If an individual is without shelter or occupying a temporary local shelter, outreach workers work one-on-one with guests to learn their needs and assist in any way possible. With The Gathering’s assistance, the Housing Division has helped dozens of individuals move from the streets into permanent housing.

Food Share, Health Care, and Child Care are provided during the breakfast meal at The Gathering at Running Rebels. Hunger Task Force provides outreach to further support guests in need of benefits, including food share, health care, and child care.

Supply Distributions of toiletry items (such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, lotion, shampoo), laundry detergent, blankets, sleeping bags, hand warmers, warm socks, outerwear, gloves, hats, scarves, bottled water, etc. are distributed when a sufficient number of items are available.

At The Gathering, all persons are welcomed without regard to race, religion, or lack of a faith belief, national origin, gender, age, handicap, or sexual orientation. The Gathering community RESPECTS the dignity and values of every individual served and values its volunteers. To support The Gathering any time this month, go to the UUCW website’s “Donate” tab and select “Split the Plate” from the menu provided. For more information about Split the Plate, contact Kathy Herrewig.

Besides monetary donations, you can help by volunteering or participating in our annual Golf Classic. To learn more, visit The Gathering.