Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC)

We have a strong and growing relationship with the Shirlington Employment and Education Center, known as SEEC, in South Arlington. Fostered by the passion of two of our members, Rock Spring supports SEEC by cooking and serving lunch twice each month and by encouraging members to use the services of the day laborers who are at the heart of SEEC's mission. These day laborers are undocumented workers who are part of a county funded program that encourages job training and education.

Currently, SEEC is able to place these men and women in 200-300 jobs per month. We, and other churches, supply additional support through meals, blankets, monetary gifts, and hiring workers for both on campus needs and as individual members. SEEC also supports a Green House Cleaning program to train women in green cleaning techniques and assist them in finding employment.

If you would like to help prepare or deliver a meal to the workers, we prepare and serve a meal on the second and third Tuesday's of each month. You can sign up when you are at church or you can email Laura Martin (laura@rockspringucc.org) or Shirley Ruhe (slrbc@aol.com).

Contact: 

Shirley Ruhe

Latest News

The next phase of the campus renewal project will begin on Monday, July 24 and will impact most of the first floor of the main building. During the upcoming week, staff offices will be relocated to the second floor of the Hunter Building, as will meeting spaces for boards and other groups.

During our first gathering, we talked about hymns and how we found our way to Rock Spring. What theological questions or wonderings do you have? Cafe Kindred offers food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for you to order and enjoy while we meet if you choose.

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.