Vernon has an ongoing mission collaboration with Faith Santa Fe Lutheran Church, 1000 S. Layton Avenue on Milwaukee’s near south side to help support their Neighborhood Latino Ministry and Milwaukee low income families.
Faith Santa Fe serves both an English and Spanish speaking congregation. Their nonprofit Neighborhood Latino Ministry food pantry program serves low income residents of the neighborhood. The food pantry, started about 12 years ago, is currently serving 200 families each Saturday morning with plans to expand to 300 families in June 2016.
Vernon members donate rice, dried beans & sugar to this program as a supplement to food purchased by the Faith Santa Fe food pantry program through Feeding America along with other local donors. Money is collected by Vernon each October for the purchase of turkeys for the Faith Santa Fe Thanksgiving food baskets. Additional donations are always welcomed by Faith Santa Fe as there is a waiting list of those needing to be served.