Office for Creative Connections (OCC) is a community outreach ministry, established in 1984 by the Vestry of All Saints Church as a gift to the City of Pasadena. Its role is to serve as a facilitator identifying needs, assets and opportunities, assessing barriers and bringing people together to work on creative solutions, thinking for the whole city. Using the OCC Method of listening, discerning, reporting and connecting.
The Office for Creative Connections (OCC) was established in 1984, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of All Saints Church in Pasadena.
Early in the history of the Office for Creative Connections, we developed a unique four-step strategy to implement our mission. Known as the OCC Method, it is now utilized by a number of other ministries at All Saints.
OCC's current focus is City Conversations, All Saints / Muir High School Mentoring project, Transformational Journeys Ministry, Student Drop Out, Theatre Camp and Culture Shock.
A committee that recruits, equips and supports parishioners to become mentors to 9th grade students at John Muir High School. Mentors work through one of three community-based agencies that are experts in matching, training and guiding mentor-student teams.
A diverse group of community leaders with a vision to “… promote policies and practices that create a just and peaceful community, and to identify and eradicate policies and practices that perpetuate racial and ethnic inequities.”
A week of workshops for high school students to engage them in conversation to understand and appreciate their similarities and differences.
Low-income and homeless men and women of the San Gabriel Valley receive direction, food and clothing. Volunteers can participate by bringing canned food items, toiletries, socks and T-shirts to the basket on the lawn on Sunday mornings.
Foster Care Project (FCP) provides community education, policy/advocacy and direct services for children and youth under state supervision and for young adults recently emancipated from foster care.
New Vision Partners (NVP) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1999. Its mission is to promote interfaith and multicultural cooperation by organizing partnerships which cultivate peace and justice.
A special program for Pasadena High School students, the mission of Theatre Camp is to provide youth with an opportunity to stimulate and utilize their creativity through the performing arts, while developing confidence, self-discipline and team building skills in a safe, nurturing and supportive environment.
Transformational Journeys Ministry plans local and global journeys that challenge participants to go outside of their comfort zone to encounter people of different cultures who live in challenging circumstances.