The Unity Center in West Linn, Oregon, has from its beginning held a vision of contributing to a consciousness of world healing – one life at a time. Our intention is to be a blessing to our community. From our center’s inception in 1990, individual members have initiated and led our congregation in the implementation of divinely-inspired ideas and programs that would make a difference in people’s lives.
One of our first and consistently most popular programs has been that of serving homemade meals to over 100 homeless men at a local shelter. For over 17 years, on the third Friday of every month, we have offered a dinner fit for honored guests. From a preplanned menu posted in our fellowship area (including recipes), community members sign up throughout the month to make or bring a designated item and/or to be servers.
On a weekend prior to the Christmas holiday, parents selected by local elementary school counselors are invited into our center to “shop” for gifts for their children. All items , donated by our members and others from our local community, are priced at 25 cents. This program gives parents who may be experiencing some financial difficulties the opportunity to buy their kids gifts that they would not otherwise be able to afford. Last year we served over 100 children and teens.
Offered just as the school begins in the fall, we call this “ the ultimate recycling event.” It’s like an early fall harvest as we remove from our homes items that no longer serve us, but will bless others. Everything is offered for free!
This event was organized by our Earth Care Team to educate ourselves and our local community about available resources that make sustainability easier for our homes and families. The day-long event featured a product exhibit area, tips and information from local eco-friendly businesses and organizations, and tours of our center’s professionally engineered rain garden.
We have made a commitment to donate personal and household items such as shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, and laundry and dishwashing soaps to the West Linn Food Pantry. Donations of these and similar items are accepted on an ongoing basis at our Center and are picked up monthly by Food Pantry staff.