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TRELLIS

TRELLIS is a partnership of churches in Costa Mesa, Vanguard University, and Costa Mesa City Hall. The goal of TRELLIS is to strategically unite the outreach efforts of churches around the issues in our city.  Current Initiatives include Education, Homelessness, and Immigration.  We are working to create new Initiatives around Crisis Response, Foster/Adoptive Families, and PRAYER.  If you are interested in joining others in making a difference in our City, or for more information, contact Deanna Johnston, or go to the TRELLIS website.

Trellis Orientation

Every other month TRELLIS hosts an information session for anyone interested in participating in any of the TRELLIS Initiatives or simply wants to find out who we are.  Join us for our next meeting for an overview of TRELLIS history, philosophy of ministry, and practical next steps to engage in impacting our city.

  • For orientation dates visit the website
  • Meetings at The Crossing – 2115 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA, Costa Mesa, 92627

Education

Partnering with the Newport Mesa Unified School District, TRELLIS Volunteers have many practical opportunities to positively impact children and youth in our city as we invest in local schools by mentoring students, caring for teachers and parents, and improving facilities. Our goal is to affect change in 3rd grade literacy rates and high school dropout rates, to address unmet needs in the schools and in our community, and to be a positive presence on each campus.

Homelessness

TRELLIS Volunteers serve the homeless of Costa Mesa in a variety of ways, including staffing shifts at the Check-In-Center; helping on Saturday mornings for showers, laundry, breakfast, and support groups; Street Outreach Team; Re:Connections Team; Homeless Prevention Team; homeless advocacy; Point-In-Time population counts; etc. Our goal is to empower and equip our neighbors experiencing homelessness to establish healthy homes for themselves.

Immigration

TRELLIS is working to raise awareness of broken systems that leave hundreds of people hurting in our City, and inviting the Church to dive in to these issues by journeying through the Scriptures and engaging in Immigration Reform. TRELLIS volunteers have many opportunities for engagement, including volunteering in an immigrant community, participating in established outreach efforts (Iglesia Harbor, Mika CDC, etc.), attending basic immigration law training, mentoring/tutoring students, teaching English classes, immigrant advocacy, etc.

New Initiatives

TRELLIS considers new Initiatives as churches partner together to meet the needs of our City. If you are interested in any of these new Initiatives being formed, contact those listed.

Crisis Response

When a crisis happens in our city due to an accident, crime, or tragedy, there are people hurting and in need of someone to talk with and process things. The police, fire department, and schools do not have enough trained counselors to meet those needs when they arise. As The Church we want to be prepared to respond in a united and effective manner when notified by the police, fire, or education departments that a crisis has occurred. Become part of a team who will mobilize in the event of any crisis in our city. Volunteers undergo crisis response specific training. Engagement involves being available and prepared. Participants need to have some training in counseling, pastoral care, chaplaincy, or dealing with trauma, and will attend semi-annual Crisis Response Huddles in April and October. See the TRELLIS website for more information.

Foster/Adoptive Family Support

This Initiative aims to provide ongoing support for current foster/adoptive/kinship families, create interest and education for new families, and to provide an opportunity to serve families walking this path as part of a Care Team. Here at Newport Mesa Church, the Village Well offers this support. Contact: villagewell@newportmesa.org

Prayer

Are you a Prayer Warrior? Then this new Initiative may be for you! The roots of TRELLIS trace back to a Pastor’s prayer group started some 20 years ago. Prayer remains a key value of our network. If you are interested in joining other Prayer Warriors to shape this important Initiative please contact Allison Demurjian allisondemurjian@gmail.com.