Welcome to Association of Faith Communities
We are committed to honor the faith communities of Santa Cruz County in their myriad forms as they work to fulfill God's call to serve those in need.
Serving Santa Cruz County
Helping those who are suffering due to injustice, poverty, homelessness or disability.
Since 2012, the AFC has been sponsoring nightly transitional shelter at ten faith communities from Santa Cruz to Aptos. We are able to do so for about $11.00 a night per participant because we depend upon donated space and volunteer cooks. .
The Winter Shelter, a joint project with the Salvation Army, opens up its second shelter at the Salvation Army on Dec. 26. This is good news because, despite the good weather, we have had to bus people to Watsonville as we were at our max at the VFW.
25 faith communities have filled the calendar through April to cook each night. It is a blessing much appreciated by the participants. Starting on January 7th, a shower trailer provided by the Mid County Homeless Coalition will be at the VFW Sunday and Monday nights. If you would like to volunteer to hand out towels, sanitize the shower stalls after each use and generally be of assistance to those taking showers, please do contact us.
Socks. People need socks. And homeless folks go through them fast. SPIN has distributed over 23,000 pair of socks a area shelters and food kitchens.
Every faith community is invited to join the AFC. Come help relieve the suffering that living without shelter causes. Be in fellowship with those who are struggling. Bring to your congregation a better understanding that we are all God's people. AFC needs cooks, food servers, planners, fundraisers, caring people to assist those without homes to a better life.
Each first Thursday of the month, leaders of the AFC meet to discuss our and other groups initiatives to assist those living outside. A speaker from social service groups, local government officials meet with us to explain what they are doing. It's a lively exchange among people that are passionate to work for and with God's people. Join us. First Thursday; 5:30, Calvary Church, 532 Center.
NEW! AFC RECOURCE DIRECTORY
The AFC has created a directory of services for those in need provided by faith communities in northern Santa Cruz County. This will continue to be a work in progress. One hundred and thirty-four faith communities were originally contacted for information so that we could compose our directory.