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. Its mission is to prevent chronic poverty and homelessness.

Take Dick for example.  He needed a job. He slept with friends when space was available but most often, he slept in a car and ate wherever he could find a free dinner. He found his way to Hope Center where he was able to get clean clothes to wear and warm food to eat, all without cost. With this support, Dick got back on his feet and began volunteering at Hope Center. In time, Dick took a paid job with Hope Center working in both the lunch and dinner programs. He also occasionally staffs the Hope Center front desk assisting others who are struggling as he once did.

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 at hopecenterwi.org.  For more information about Split the Plate, contact Kathy Herrewig.