Wednesday, January 7
Presbytery of Utah
After a difficult childhood, Lou Anne found herself unable to function in society. In and out of homelessness and jobs, she read about Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City, applied for services, and was very grateful for food assistance and a $100 deposit on, in her words, the “best apartment I have ever had.” She has now lived there four years and has become a Crossroads volunteer herself.
Crossroads is a multifaith grassroots organization that helps people with low incomes or disabilities address basic needs and quality-of-life issues. Presbyterian congregations in Utah have been principle supporters since 1966.
Crossroads hosts Utah’s busiest food pantry, serving over 40,000 people each year. It also offers an emergency prescription fund, bus tokens, baby supplies, holiday food distributions, and a thrift store that gives away thousands of dollars worth of new shoes, clothing, and household items largely contributed by congregations.
The Coalition of Religious Communities, which advocates on behalf of people with low incomes, is one of many spin-offs demonstrating Crossroads’ commitment to economic justice. On the coalition’s Presbyterian Day at the Utah capitol, Presbyterians from across the state meet with legislators and advocate for fellow citizens who are poor and underserved.
The Confession of 1967 says, “Because Jesus identified himself with the needy and exploited, the cause of the world’s poor is the cause of his disciples.” The Presbytery of Utah’s 23 congregations are proud to join Lou Anne and others in supporting the compassionate and prophetic work of Crossroads.
—Elder Sue Marquardt, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Merciful God, you look with favor on the poor and call us to join you in the work of justice. Bless the hands and feet of all those in all times and places who volunteer their time and love for brothers and sisters in need. Come, Lord Jesus, come! Amen.