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Hope Shall Bloom
A simple program that began with a fishbowl and a simple phrase: “Change to Change the World” has blossomed into program that generates thousands of dollars every year to help worthy causes. Every month a different cause that aligns with our Core Values is chosen by our Board of Deacons and this special offering is passed along to charities like CLUE Ventura County, The Samaritan Center, One Great Hour of Sharing and more. If you would like to give to the this month’s cause, simply select “Hope Shall Bloom” from the drop-down list in the form above.
Hope Shall Bloom for This Month
FISH of West Valley Food Pantry
Rev. Susan (one of our members) has been volunteering at this Food Pantry since the pandemic began and can attest to the important outreach they are providing. For nearly 50 years, FISH of West Valley Food Pantry at the Congregational Church of Chatsworth, UCC, has served the community by providing food to those in need – families, seniors, unhoused and others. Our pantry works every day to address food insecurity and now, the COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need with demand increasing by 450% since March of this year. While, most food pantries only allow recipients to get food once a month, at FISH, our recipients can return each week to receive a healthy assortment of food customized to their family size and needs.
To accommodate our participants who cannot or should not leave their home, we started delivering weekly food boxes. We also created new partnerships that have made it possible for us to distribute food, not only to our recipients but to hundreds more from organizations like West Valley Food Pantry, Clear Sky Ranch, Family Rescue Center, Village Family Services, Helping Hands, Sunland Food Pantry, Rancho San Antonio Boys Home, and Hope of the Valley (Pacoima and 5 Emergency Homeless Shelters). Through our outreach program, we provide food and hygiene kits to between 350 and 500 of our unhoused neighbors every Sunday.
We also partner with outreach organizations around the city to help get food to those who need it beyond our community. All our work is made possible thanks to generous donations from LA Regional Food Bank, other local partners and the tireless work of our dedicated 100% volunteer team that includes people from all over the West San Fernando Valley from different churches, temples, mosques and organizations.