Please join us for the Rain City Symphony’s annual pre-Christmas concert!  We at UCEF are grateful for the symphony's support over the past several years. We hope you will put this musical event on your calendar.  Admission is complimentary, and all donations will benefit UCEF.

This year’s concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Lake City Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St.  Parking is available behind the building.  We are thankful to the church for making their facilities available!

The program will feature: "Overture to Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck; Introduction and Allegro of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 3 in D Major" ; and Selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite."

The Rain City Symphony is a non-profit orchestra dedicated to nurturing the appreciation of music. The Symphony provides amateur musicians with orchestral experience in a supportive atmosphere.  Dr. Teresa Metzger Howe is the conductor.  

For more information, see


Prevent Homelessness

November 2019 Newsletter

United Churches Emergency Fund


Nadia came in needing help with her light bill. Fortunately, she lives in our zip codes, so we were able to help her. She is raising two kids, and has an indigent father who lives at home, and no other help. She works 25 to 30 hours a week “if she can get it” at a McDonalds not too far from home, but $16.50/hour isn’t a lot to live on – especially when hit with a surprising light bill. Late this summer, Nadia’s mother moved out, and the light bill, which was in her mother’s name and had been subsidized, was transferred to Nadia. Knowing she would need to get the subsidy to make ends meet, Nadia went to the library and was helped by a Seattle City Light representative who faxed her utility subsidy application while she stood watch.

That was August. Now, in October, she received her first bill – and it was unsubsidized and more than three times the previous bill. Compounding the issue was that her mother hadn’t paid on her way out, resulting in a late fee and an extra bill.

Fortunately, we were able to give Nadia $200 toward her bill. Our contribution made a significant dent in what she owed. We were able to talk to Seattle City Light to find out what was going on. It turns out that it takes multiple billing cycles to get approved for subsidy assistance, sometimes up to four months. Nadia had done everything right, and yet, received this shocking bill. Thankfully, UCEF was there to make a difference. 

United Churches Emergency Fund,
4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle WA 98115.
 UCEF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible. Please consider an online donation through our website. Thank you.

UCEF Board of Directors: Jan Orlando and Lynn Williams, co-chairs; Randall Lucas, treasurer;  Cheryl Milloy and Andy Tischaefer 

Executive Director: Jo Gustafson 

Bookkeeper: Sue Takano

Consultant: Melissa Morrell
Newsletters: Andy Tischaefer
Office Volunteers:

We believe everyone deserves a home. UCEF helps prevent homelessness by providing rent and utility help to people in the 98103, 98105, 98115 and 98125 zip codes. We also offer compassionate listening and referrals to other agencies that may help. In addition, we provide bus tickets, hygiene items, snack lunches and other items to homeless people and others in need.