The Epifany Project
The Epifany Project was launched by Alum Rock UMC (ARUMC) in November 2014. For a few years ARUMC has been co-sponsoring holiday food programs with a local non-profit and building relationships with 50 low-income families that participate in those programs. In November, they were approached by another non-profit in the community who offered an ongoing source of food and groceries for the families they were serving. With that offer, Epifany was launched.
The project began to expand almost immediately and received donations from additional community non-profits. The church is currently distributing food at a couple distribution events each month and providing emergency food as needs arise. They are receiving assistance and encouragement from other groups such as Martha’s Kitchen, Eastside FISH, and Veteran’s Housing and hope by the end of 2015 to get kitchen equipment to allow adding an on-site warm meal component and a senior nutrition component.
The steering committee for the Epifany Project is about half members of ARUMC, and half members of the community. The goal is ultimately to build a supportive community among the 50 families participating in the Epifany program. To that end, ARUMC is providing opportunities for this community to spend supportive time together on their campus through activities like the parenting program, the Summer community youth leadership group, a monthly community flea market, and kid's dancing classes.