Valley Churches United Missions first began as a response to the devastation that was caused by the rain, flooding and Love Creek mud slide of 1982. The program provided direct service aid and assistance to victims. From this, the organization started a food distribution site and permanent community pantry.
Since then, Valley Churches United Missions has moved to a new location in Ben Lomond and operates as a multiple service outreach agency. Programs include an emergency food pantry, senior low income food and voucher distributions, crisis rent or mortgage assistance, crisis utility assistance, crisis medical and dental assistance, education supplies, disaster relief, and special holiday projects for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. These projects fall under the organization’s mission to decrease hunger and homelessness and to provide hope for the less fortunate in the community.
With its “missions of love”, the organization is able to provide assistance to over 500 households each month in the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley. VCUM attributes much of its success and capacity to the many volunteers who have contributed countless hours over the years.