The Blue Sky Team held a congregational conversation on Sunday, May 7 at 11:30 am to explore possible partnerships in rebuilding Pilgrim Hall.
For the current phase of its congregational process, the Team is exploring whether Pilgrim Hall can be rebuilt in partnership with other organizations to serve important local needs. The Fire Recovery Committee is indicating that this approach may be helpful from a financial point of view as well.
In order to open this conversation to the wider First Church community, the Team invited leaders of agencies that might be potential partners to share information with us. Congregation members heard a brief introduction to the work of:
• Resources for Community Development, a local affordable housing developer, from Dan Sawislak, their director,
• East Bay Sanctuary, which offers legal aid to hundreds of undocumented immigrants and refugees seeking asylum, from Sister Maureen Duignan, their director,
• Berkeley Food and Housing Project, which runs shelters, food pantries and offers other wraparound services to the most vulnerable people in our city, from Terrie Light, their director.