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 areas of focus are: “Gun Violence,’ “Homelessness,” Education, Public Health and Safety, Mass Incarceration, Youth, and Multiculturalism. All Saints Ministries overseen by the OCC include: Legal Aid Ministry, Foster Care Project, and Transformational Journeys, PUSD Mentoring Project, Monday Food Ministry, the Gun Violence Task Force, and Life & Livelihood.
Over the 30 year history of the OCC, it has been part of the creation of several local non-profit organizations: AIDS Service Center, Day One, Young & Healthy, New Vision Partners, Union Station, Grace Center/Hillsides, CORAL Pasadena
A committee that recruits, equips and supports parishioners to become mentors to students in the Pasadena Unified School District. Mentors work through one of several community-based agencies that are experts in matching, training and guiding mentor-student teams.
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.
The purpose of the Task Force on Gun Violence is to develop timely and effective strategies for sustained action by the All Saint’s community on the topic of gun violence.
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.
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.