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.
NAKAMA KIDS LOVE OFFERING
Update: July 2023
The Nakama kids thank you again for keeping us in your thoughts. Katelyn has officially finished her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is working as a Case Manager for a company that provides ABA services to children with autism located in Riverside County. Matthew is in Tempe, Arizona where he is working at as an account sales representative for a company that sells technology to healthcare companies. Nicole has successfully finished her first year at UCLA and has taken on a part-time job working with physicians as a scribe for a pain management clinic located in Long Beach. She will continue this as the new school year begins.
To: Union Church Members and Friends
From: Dan & Lily Taguchi, John & Joycelyn Koyama
Re: Nakama Kids Love Offering
Our niece, Katelyn Nakama, is a Union Church member living 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, Katelyn and Nicole have received limited financial and emotional support from their father, whom they rarely see.
The girls now live in an apartment in Valencia. They have been there for about a year now. Their father is not living at their apartment, but he is contributing to the monthly rent payments, at least for the time being.
Katelyn is working full-time, and she now serves Union Church as a Deacon. Nicole is working part-time and will graduate from William S. Hart High School in Newhall in May 2022. They report they are doing well, and they greatly appreciate the generous donations they have received from church members, family members, and friends.
Katelyn is working on an advanced degree, and Nicole is applying to colleges.
Please consider a one-time or recurring monetary gift to Katelyn and Nicole. They are great kids...never complaining...just doing the best they can to meet their challenges. We all appreciate any assistance you can give. Thank you very much, and God Bless You!
Dan & Lily Taguchi and John & Joycelyn Koyama