Service in our community
Marquette UU members volunteer for many worthwhile community services. Here are some of our more recent.
Room at the Inn
The Marquette Unitarian Universalist Congregation will host Room at the Inn (RATI) during the week of January 11th-January 18th. Room at the Inn is rotating homeless shelter that operates October through May. While several members of MqtUU have supported RATI through volunteerism, it is the first time MqtUU is hosting.
We will need approximately 90 volunteers to execute this project. There is a volunteer opportunity for everyone from cooking and serving a meal, assisting with set up or break down, doing loads of laundry, covering a shift (MUST attend training–see below), providing snacks, and more. Michelle Halley and Sarah Johnson are our UU Coordinators, with additional support provided by Darlene Dreisbach and Kim Frost, Guest Advocate at RATI.
Items needed: night lights, two wash tubs, toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine sanitary products).
Sign ups will be available on Sundays with the goal of having all slots filled by Sunday, December 14th. You may also contact Sarah Johnson, 458-3915 or email@example.com OR Michelle Halley, 361-0520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next training is December 18th at the Warming Center at 6pm. Training lasts approximately 1 1/2-2 hours.
Our members volunteer in various capacities from hands on to fund raising for our local women’s shelter.
Mqt.UU hosts the Transition group at the Meeting House every other month and many of our members and friends participate in learning about climate change, growing local food, energy preservation and localizing our lives.
From Transition Marquette’s website: “Transition Marquette County was started in January 2011. Our mission is to promote a compassionate and creative community response to the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and financial crisis… from oil dependency to resilience!”
Other Community Resources
The links provided are for general information only and are not intended as a substitute for professional advice. The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Addictions Ministry is not responsible for information provided by other websites that are linked to this site. It is hoped that the following non-profit organizational resources will provide you with current, accurate, and helpful information about addiction and recovery.
General Information and Advocacy
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides data on alcohol and drug use and its effect on public health.
- Faces and Voices of Recovery advocates on behalf of the recovery community regarding issues of addiction to be part of the public policy debate.
- Faith Partners engages and assists people of faith in the development of caring communities that promote prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse and where recovery from addiction is valued and supported.
- Join Together is one of the nation’s leading providers of information, strategic planning assistance, and leadership development for community-based efforts to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment.
- The Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education and justice in faith communities and society.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is sharply focused on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources—programs, policies and grants—toward the outcome of “a life in the community for everyone”.
Recovery Self-Help: Alternatives to 12-Step Programs
- The Buddhist Recovery Network is open to people of all backgrounds. It promotes mindfulness and meditation, and is grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence, and offers assistance as people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors.
- LifeRing is a network of abstinence-based support groups for people who want to be free of alcohol and addictive drugs. Through the positive reinforcement of the group process, the power to stay clean and sober becomes dominant in each person.
- Save Ourselves uses a mutual-aid support group model toward sobriety without God and provide a secular alternative to the religious language of most 12-step programs.
- SMART Recovery supports individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term satisfaction and quality of life.
- Women For Sobriety, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions, since 1976.
Recovery Self-Help: Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition
- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge the common experiences of growing up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.
- Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
- Al-Anon/Alateen has been offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers for over 55 years.
- Compulsive Eaters Anonymous‘ primary purpose is to support the effort of abstaining from compulsive eating and to carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer.
- Gamblers Anonymous‘ only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 43,900 weekly meetings in over 127 countries worldwide. Also, see Cocaine Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, and Marijuana Anonymous
- Overeaters Anonymous offers a 12-step program of recovery from compulsive eating and provides a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous holds the belief that sex and love addiction is a progressive illness which cannot be cured but which, like many illnesses, can be arrested.