Social Justice and Community Service

Women Helping Women: Spirituality Through Service

Women Helping Women is a vibrant, group of women at OCC who are committed to taking action on issues affecting women both globally and domestically. A collective desire to “do something” to provide support to women who experience oppression was the driving force in creating the group, according to the group’s pastor and leader Rev. Lee Cruise. The group is investigating issues and potential programs and invites all interested women to join. 


Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter

The Winter Nights Program provides a clean, safe, and warm facility at night and a daytime services center during winter for homeless families with children and for homeless seniors. The program serves up to thirty men, women and children at any given time. Congregations throughout central and east Contra Costa provide space, meals, and volunteers. Orinda Community Church helped to start Winter Nights and has housed families through this program for two weeks each winter since it began in 2004. Today the program involves nearly forty congregations and hundreds of volunteers, and is administered by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. More information.

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

In 1991, concerned Contra Costa County faith communities made the decision to join together and develop badly needed permanent, affordable housing for the county's homeless families and individuals. Today, CCIH membership includes more than twenty inter-denominational, faith-based communities who cooperate and share resources and skills. Together, we work to provide permanent, affordable, supportive housing for individuals and families in Contra Costa County through the program's 27-unit Garden Park apartment complex in Pleasant Hill. More information.