“As you do for the least of these…”Matthew 25:45
INTERFAITH OVERNIGHT SHELTER
February 6 – 20
For more than two decades, FCC, in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul and other faith communities, has participated in a local solution to reduce homelessness among local families.
FCC’s Interfaith Overnight Shelter provides a safe place for families who are receiving services from SVdP’s First Place Family Center to sleep, eat and relax in the warmth of our fellowship hall. This year we will host the shelter from February 6th through February 20th.
The Interfaith Overnight Shelter Team consists of Marsha Miller and Susan Simonton (meal coordinators), Jim and Jane Brown (breakfast and facilities), Babs Sullivan and Marje Enseki (children’s activities), and Pete Peterson and Chris Cunningham (hospitality).
Volunteer Sign-up begins
We need dozens of volunteers to help with morning cleanup, transportation, nighttime supervision, and children’s activities. Donations for supplies are always welcome too. This year, we are using Sign-Up Genius to schedule the many job functions required to operate the shelter, which include breakfast and dinner crews, van drivers, children’s activity assistants, dishwashers, and more. Click on the Job SignUp to find out where you can help.
We also need volunteers who will sign up to purchase ingredients for meals or to make brownies, cookies and other desserts. It takes many food items to feed up to 10 families for 2 weeks. Please consider volunteering to bring food items to the downstairs kitchen on the appointed day. Click on the Food SignUp to see what is needed.
We will provide more information about the Interfaith Overnight Shelter over the next several weeks in the Sunday bulletin, and on the church website.
Landscaping beautifies Looking Glass’s Station 7
Station 7 is a Looking Glass residence for homeless and other at-risk youth. The Housing Initiative committee took on the Station 7 back yard on 6th Avenue, with a desire to make it a welcome respite for young people. Bill Flinn created the design to launch our project.
It is amazing what your Housing Initiative funds can produce with the addition of a little hard physical labor!
In November, Deven Holmgren led the group of 18 multi-generational FCC volunteers, including many youth, who dug out seedlings, aggressively pruned the apple tree and bushes surrounding the yard, tore down a deteriorated wood playhouse and prepared the ground for pavers to extend the patio. Those of us gathered created a pile of debris the size of a small garage!
Jim Weston arranged all contractors and managed the large follow-up project. Lane Apex promised to pick up our yard waste for $200, but when they saw the enormous pile of limbs, lumber and debris, they asked for assistance. Babs Sullivan, John Hudspeth, Jim Weston, and Brenda Kame’enui, with the kind assistance of Apex employee Shahalie, cut branches to fit into a dumpster. Tucked between their normal routes, Apex driver Joseph, emptied seven dumpster bins that day! FCC just received the bill, and what did Apex charge?…$200, as promised! Thank you Apex for donating your time, trucks, and personnel to this important project to support our homeless youth.
After our big work party, Jim Weston repaired the patio, Oregon Fencing rebuilt the chain-link fence and installed a gate on the alley. Harvey and Price donated time and materials to plumb irrigation valves. Rexius installed an underground sprinkler system, as well as gravel, bark and sod, much of it gratis. What a turn-around for the overgrown, messy backyard, and what a beautiful community project!
When better weather prevails, Builders Electric will install the electricity for the sprinkler system, and our team will do additional pruning and planting, lay pavers, and repair the awning.
Do you want to know how you can get involved in the life affirming work of the HI? Do you have ideas, gifts, passion you would like to share? Would you like to serve on the Leadership Team for the HI? Contact Pastor Melanie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We continue to accept donations, as there are ongoing housing projects where our participation matters.
Contributions can be given at any time towards the Housing Initiative projects. Please include the words “Housing Initiative” on the memo line of your contribution.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat Build ~ Volunteer Information
We continue our prayerful connection to Habitat for Humanity, and periodically are asked to activate our volunteers to help an ongoing build project. If you want to be on the list of volunteers, please contact Babs Sullivan, email@example.com
All volunteers who plan to work at the site for our FCC Habitat Build need to have filled out a Waiver of Liability form and an Emergency Contact form. Please complete both forms and turn them in at the build site. If you need either of these forms, please contact Babs Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you plan to volunteer on the build site as an individual (not on an FCC team day), then the video below “Habitat for Humanity Build Volunteer Orientation” is required viewing. Please also register as a Habitat volunteer here https://sehabitat.volunteermatrix.com/
Future homeowners needed
Habitat for Humanity is asking for our help. They are looking for families to partner with Habitat with the goal of owning their own home. If you know someone who might be interested, they encourage anyone to fill out an application and begin the process toward home ownership. A telephone call to the Habitat office is the first step in this direction ~ 541-741-1707. Thank you for your help!
Questions, call or email Babs Sullivan at 541-345-4197 or email@example.com .