Below is a letter from the Taguchis and Koyamas with more information about a need in our membership. To support the Nakama Kids during this time you can donate securely online through Tithely below or send a check to the church address. In either case, please indicate "Nakama" in the memo.
November 21, 2020
To: Union Church Members and Friends
From: Dan & Lily Taguchi, John & Joycelyn Koyama
Re: Nakama Kids Love Offering
Our niece, Katelyn Nakama, is a church member living in Santa Clarita with her younger sister, Nicole. Their mother, Julie (John and Lily’s younger sister), was a longtime member and faithful servant at Union Church. When Julie passed away in 2013, their grandmother, Tazuka Koyama, (also a longtime member and faithful servant) became their primary caregiver.
Since Tazuka-San’s passing in 2016, they have received limited financial and emotional support from their father, whom they rarely see.
Now their father has SOLD the family home, and they must vacate the home in January of 2021. Katelyn and Nicole are now looking for housing near William S. Hart High School, where Nicole is in her junior year. Both Katelyn and Nicole are working, but they do not make enough money between them to cover rent and other monthly expenses. They are hoping that their father will pay the monthly rent at the very least.
Last July, the Session approved a one-time $1,000.00 gift to the Nakama Kids, which has been depleted. “The Nakama Kids Love Offering” has been established to assist Katelyn and Nicole financially. If anyone would care to make a one-time or recurring donation, please click the button above.
We all appreciate any assistance you can give to the kids. They are doing their very best to overcome the challenges they are now facing. Thank you very much, and God Bless You!
Dan & Lily Taguchi and John & Joycelyn Koyama