The Ubuntu Center for Peace, located within the Orr-Weathers housing complex in East St. Louis, is an oasis of peace and kindness, in an often violent community. With a focus on justice and peace, the Ubuntu Center is a program of Join Hands ESL. It is home to our programs, a second home for our families, and a community center for the neighborhood. We bring light, love, and hope to all who come through our doors. Coffee is on every morning and all are welcome.
The Ubuntu Center for Peace is the foundation of our work because we know that there can be no true peace, without justice. Human dignity and equal opportunity and working to ensure these exist for our families are essential to our work, work based in relationships.
Join Hands walks in solidarity with our families. When they are hurting, we are hurting. When they face injustice and inequities and the effects of structural racism, a fact of life that happens every day for Join Hands youth and families, we see it, and we know we must work to change it. This is part of our being in relationship with those we serve. It is ubuntu.
The Join Hands Strategic Plan of 2018-21 includes an expansion of our organizing activities and advocacy on issues impacting the local community and on broader justice issues, including the prioritization of racial and economic justice work. To make this a reality, today, in 2020, with protests as our backdrop, we seek to move forward with our plan. So many people, new allies, are asking what they can do to support the movement, looking for organizations they can support who are doing the work.
We would love it if you could support the Ubuntu Center for Peace and our growth of the Ubuntu Movement.
We will soon be incorporating the Ubuntu Center for Peace as a separate 501c4 organization which will allow for advocacy and lobbying. We are seeking to expand our Ubuntu Center budget to increase our capacity and to also hire a Director of Advocacy for the Ubuntu Center for Peace. Please help us! Become an Ubuntu Center sustaining donor.
Individual Monthly Sustaining Donors – $25, $50, $100…any amount is welcome. CLICK HERE TO DONATE Simply indicate it is for the Ubuntu Center for Peace.
Organizational Sustaining Donors – Could your organization, church, group of friends or business commit to raising money one month a year, money we could count on for our budget? Commitment levels could be: $1000, $2500, $5000 or $10,000. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you signed up and committed!