Split the Plate is one of UUCW’s programs of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half the undesignated offering monies to a worthy cause as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.

Our Split the Plate partner for April is Hope Center of Waukesha.  Hope Center has been providing the basic needs of financial assistance, food, clothing, and appliances in Waukesha County for more than thirty years. Their mission is to prevent chronic poverty and homelessness.

Take Rita for example.  After leaving Preto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria with her handicapped husband, Rita arrived in Waukesha to begin a new life. With her small savings, Rita was able to secure housing. Through Project Move she was able to furnish that small apartment, as well as to obtain clothing from the Clothing Shop. With supportive financial assistance from state and federal sources, Rita and her husband are settled.  Grateful for the initial support provided by Hope Center, Rita has been a key volunteer in the Clothing Shop and provides bilingual support and assistance to the growing number of Spanish-speaking residents visiting the Clothing Shop.

Support given at a crucial time in a person’s life can help prevent or arrest a downward spiral which too often ends in chronic poverty and homelessness.  Whether it’s a meal at their Outreach Meal Program or Day Center, “like-new” clothing from their clothing shop, or financial aid, at Hope Center all is provided free of charge and delivered in a respectful and welcoming manner.

What started in 1987 as a small group of pastors from Waukesha County has grown into a mission supported by area congregations, local businesses, and individuals.

To support Hope Center of Waukesha 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 Hope Center of Waukesha, visit their website. For more information about Split the Plate, contact Kathy Herrewig.