Puente serves coastal towns from Pescadero north to La Honda, focusing on equitable access to education, health, and economic security. Their programs focus on farm workers, young children, seniors, low-income families and first-generation college students. Puente came together when Rev. Wendy Taylor (formerly of the Congregational Church in Belmont) collaborated with others to provide service to their community. Rev. Taylor’s book, No Longer Strangers: The Practice of Radical Hospitality, tells “of a rural community in Northern California who awakened to the migrant farm workers in their community and chose to embrace them.” The community offered “radical hospitality” to the strangers in their midst. And in doing so, they discovered an important truth: that our common humanity binds us all.” Over the years, that embrace is both wider and stronger. It was particularly tested during and after the CZU fire in August 2020. Executive Director Rita Mancera will join us via zoom during our Sunday service on 12/19 to give her overview of what is provided today and what the new 5-year Strategic Plan will develop.
Current resources are available on the Puente Website.
Donations can be made from the Friday before the service through the Tuesday following the service, using PayPal link https://www.uufrc.org/community/giving/ and writing “Share the Plate” in the memo line. On the Sunday of the collection, all donations, unless otherwise specified, go to Share the Plate.