The Caring Ministry Team officiates the "Sharing of Names" (i.e., the Joys and Concerns) and flower donations for our weekly worship services. They also make regular calls to those in need and meet monthly to write follow-up cards.
To send names you'd like to include in the Sharing of Names during Sunday services or to let us know about people who need care, please send us an e-mail.
Help Support a Member In Need
One of our members, a single mother, is coping with stage four cancer. She is participating in a clinical trial and the ongoing chemo can make keeping up with household duties difficult. To lighten her load, the Caring Ministry Team would like to provide homemade or store-bought prepared meals for her and her children. We’re shooting for one meal per week.
- Chicken dishes (baked, breaded tenders)
- Mexican food (beef or chicken soft tacos, rice beans, guacamole, salsa)
- Indian food (samosas, vegetable dishes)
- Thai (green curry with veggies, simple chicken dish)
- Breakfast for dinner (pancakes, french toast, etc.)
Please contact the Caring Ministry Team if you would like to donate a meal or if you have any questions. Thanks for being part of this special effort and a member of our caring community.
Sometimes, a faith community just isn't quite enough help in a crisis. If you find yourself needing care that we cannot provide at First Unitarian Church, we strongly encourage you to reach out to someone from this list.
- Healthy Minds Philly - (215) 686-4420 - 24 hour suicide crisis and intervention
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454
- Trevor Project - 866-488-7386; text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200, available Monday through Friday between 3pm–10pm EST / Noon–7pm PT; https://www.trevorspace.org/ - phone, text, chat, or forum for LGBTQ young people in crisis or needing support
- Community Behavioral Health Member Services 1-888-545-2600 (Community Behavioral Health is your mental health provider if you are on a Medicaid health insurance plan)
- Crisis Text Line - text “HOME” to 741741 from anywhere in the United States - a free, 24/7 support for those in any type of crisis.
- Family Resource Network - (215)-599-5176 - support for family members, significant persons, professionals, and others supporting someone with a behavioral health disorder.
- United Way - 2-1-1 - connects people with important health and human services in their communities– for everyday needs and in crisis situations. Highly trained 2-1-1 call specialists are providing information on and referrals to:
- Basic Human Needs Resources: food banks, shelters, rent and utility payment assistance
- Physical and Mental Health Resources: crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling
- Employment Support: financial assistance, job training, education programs
- Support for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities: home-delivered meals, transportation, health care
- Youth and Child Care Programs: after school programs, summer camps, mentoring, protection services
- Regional Disaster Preparation
- Philadelphia Mobile Emergency Team - (215) 685-6440 - the Mental Health Delegate Line for a Mobile Crisis Team for on-site assessment and intervention, referral to a nearby Crisis Response Center for evaluation, treatment and recovery services, deployment of a Crisis Specialist to provide support for a person in their own home, and other services.
- Women Organized Against Rape - (215) 985-3333 - a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of survivors of sexual assault. WOAR provides free counseling for women, men, and children who have experienced sexual violence.
- Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline - (866) 723-3014 - crisis intervention, safety planning, resources and referrals. All calls are free, confidential and anonymous.
- Lighthouse Network - 1-877-562-2565 - a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving people guidance through life’s personal storms. They assist individuals and their loved ones who don’t know where to go for help when wrestling with a drug, alcohol, psychological, or emotional struggle.
Donating flowers is a great way to honor a love one or celebrate a momentous occasion while simultaneously adding the beauty and color of flowers to our church services. When service is finished, take the flowers home with you to enjoy. You may also include a special message about the person you're honoring or event you're celebrating which will be printed in the order of service and read during the sharing of joys and concerns. The donation is $30.00. If interested, please visit this area of the website.
Best practice notice: please, note that the Caring Ministry Team seeks to balance the mutual goals of rallying the community to help those in need while also practicing discretion. Therefore, please practice direct communication with the member in need and do not talk to others about the recipient of the church's services. Please do not assume that a member's family or employer are aware of their situation. Thank you.
Please help us grow a 'human touch' that bridges members together and keeps us all healthy and active, in our UU home.