From Your Board President

January 2022

This month’s “Prez and Trez” article (written entirely by the “Trez” part of this team) is a great review of where our funding comes from and how it’s spent. When we have a “Prez and Trez” article, I keep my other comments short.

I hope that everyone has had a chance to read the article on Chalice House in the current edition of the UU World.  It was great to see the national recognition for all of the hard work done by CCUU to establish this much needed resource.  The article correctly stated that it was a challenge to remodel the house during a pandemic.  It was necessary to keep the crews small and scheduled to not be working on top of each other.  But it was a bit inaccurate in stating that the work was done by 5 people.  We know it took a lot more of our village than that.  This effort was led by Christine Organ and Laura Mandell and supported by Board President duRee Bryant, Minister Rev. Hilary Landau Krivchenia, and in coordination with Melanie Schikore.  The physical remodeling was done by a hard-working crew including Jeff and Lois Phillips, Andrew Sinclair-St. Georges, John Evans, and others.  Floors and furnishings came from the efforts of Pat Wydell and Alan Johnson.  Mentoring the family continues with Joy Simon, Emilie Cheng, and Vince Unger.  Robbin Really contributes his financial expertise and Matt Myren his legal skills.  And all of us at CCUU made this happen by our willingness to be unconventional and turn a rental house into this great community resource.  At the time, it was the first of its kind.  Now it serves as a model for other communities to follow.  The work continues as we arrange for healthcare, transportation, and other needed supports for the family.  What the article most accurately shows is that we at CCUU are living our principles. Thanks to all who made it happen.