Puyallup Tribe LNG Presentations at your Faith Community

A committee of local tribal members and environmental groups seeks to engage and inform the local faith community about Puget Sound Energy’s Liquid Natural Gas Project in the Port of Tacoma that seeks to store and ship 8,000,000 gallons. They have speakers who can visit your congregation for either a brief or detailed presentation, as well as flyers and bumper stickers to help spread the word; text or call Ramona Bennett at 253-380-8777 to schedule speakers. Those working together to oppose this effort include Puyallup Tribal members and other Natives known as NO PSE LNG 253, Water Warriors, Native Daily Network, Redefine Tacoma AKA Red Line, Tacoma Direct Action, Sierra Club Tatoosh Group, 350 Seattle, 350 Tacoma, Two Spirit Media, Climate First Responders, Protectors of the Salish Sea, and Students of the Salish Sea. They appreciate your help to spread the word about this project that affects us all.

And the Quest Continues!

We are thankful to all the participants, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who made our first AMAZING QUEST to Understand Homelessness a success! With their help, we were able to launch what we hope will grow into one of the most anticipated annual events in our community.

Team MAAThere was no doubt that this is a community who have a heart for struggling families, and want to learn and make a real difference in their lives. Seeing the passion everyone had for working together, and learning how to best help people experiencing homelessness, was uplifting.  We are grateful to our sponsors, Chase, Amerigroup, United Healthcare, City of Tacoma, Alterius College, KBTC, CHI Franciscan, Holiday Inn Express, Peace Community Center and Catherine Place for their support.

Planning is already underway for our next AMAZING QUEST! If you participated, please share about your experience and the things you learned with your congregation, neighbors, classmates, work colleagues, and others. Please feel free to add your pictures and comments to our Facebook page.

We’ve been blessed to receive feedback like this note from our friends at First United Methodist Church, Tacoma:

“Thank you for working so hard to make the Amazing Quest a success. It was a valuable learning experience for our team. Even those of us who thought we had all the answers had something to learn. It’s opened our eyes to the challenges facing the homeless and those trying to provide services.”

If you were unable to attend, but would still like to support the programs of Associated Ministries that help the most vulnerable in our community, please visit our websiteBy uniting together, we are building a stronger community!

And the Community Pillar Award goes to…

by Mary Aongo, Will Bergstrom and Maggy Delaney

Community Pillar Awards started as a way to acknowledge and thank landlords for their partnership in housing families we serve. Over the last few months however, we have opened up to acknowledging other partners in the community who have impacted the community in different forms.  Each one receiving this award is a partner with AM and they are  “an outstanding community partner, a pillar for change, by signing on to help end homelessness!”

This month Associated Ministries honored two individuals:  Elsa Jaramillo of Pierce County Human Services and Taffi Wheeldon of Share and Care Housing.

Elsa Jaramillo is an outstanding role model that every social service agency yearns for. As an Office Assistant for Pierce County Human Services, Elsa is easily approachable and highly efficient when coordinating and scheduling HQS (housing and quality standards) inspections for our families. She goes above and beyond in her role by being flexible, adaptable, and she collaborates with us in helping our families navigate around their housing barriers. Her dedication and passion in ensuring our families receive safe and stable housing makes our team and community stronger.  We thank her (and her team) for their service to our community and her work does not go unnoticed.

Taffi Wheeldon is the housing director at Share and Care housing. Her agency is one of the main providers who offer PSH (permanent supportive housing) and RRH (rapid re-housing)to our clients in the Coordinated Entry System (CES).  As the housing director for Share and Care, Taffi has been a super star partner to help streamline the referral process, by providing feedback, problem solving and working to serve our hardest of house clients. She has been an amazing advocate for the CES amongst her peers to help providers see why working with CES make sense. She stands up for what is right, serves our clients with kindness and treats them with respect. She is always able to keep a positive and strengths-based attitude even in the midst of difficulties that arise. It is such a pleasure partnering with a provider who wants to see our chronically homeless clients finally receive housing.

The Compassion of Faith Communities

“Standing United with Compassion” Compassion Month
October 13 – November 12  

Where did the Compassion Month idea stem from?  More than 30 Pierce County faith leaders came together earlier this year to express solidarity against hate speech and threats of violence directed at faith communities, particularly synagogues and mosques; they are now issuing a call to local congregations to declare their shared commitment to be agents of compassion and mutual support.

Associated Ministries welcomes Pierce County faith communities to take part in Compassion Month, with a kick-off weekend October 13th.

Activities During Compassion Month 


**Compassion Weekend Kick-Off October 13-15th**

Interfaith Shabbat Service – hosted by Temple Beth El
Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Begin the weekend by attending an interfaith service with a compassion theme.  Service will begin at 7:30 at Temple Beth El with fellowship time immediately following.

Read/Share the Statement of Compassion
Weekend of Oct. 13-15

A Statement of Compassion (click here to download) has been prepared that can be signed and/or read in worship services, ideally during Compassion Weekend.  Feel free to share from the pulpit, maybe use as a responsive reading, or consider printing on a large piece of paper and having your congregants sign in support.  You may use the statement as written or tweak to create what works within your faith tradition.  

**The Entire Compassion Month (Oct. 13 – Nov. 12)! **

How does your faith community show their compassion?  How do you get the youth in your community involved?  What service projects do you do that reflect compassion?

Resources and suggested activities to help create a “Standing United with Compassion” observance or activity in your faith community have been compiled and are available to download here.

Please share with us how you express compassion as a faith community.  We’d love to share your creative ideas! 

If you have any questions, comments or would like to share your compassion activity ideas, please e-mail to sandyw@associatedministries.org or 253-426-1506.  We hope to see you on Friday, October 13th at Temple Beth El here in Tacoma.

Community Quarterly Meeting Successes!

written by Valorie Crout, AM’s Chief Program Officer
 
Community Quarterly Meeting
Convened by Associated Ministries
 
YOU make the Community Quarterly Meetings to End Homelessness a HUGE success!
 
What an AWESOME Community Quarterly Meeting (CQM) we had last week!  The speakers were great! The people who attended were just remarkable! What dedication in one room!
 
Special thanks goes to those who take the time every quarter to show-up and listen to the latest news/data around homelessness.  We need to start by educating ourselves to make informed decisions about next steps.
CQM Presentation 2017-9-21
 
We had quite a few new people attend this past CQM. What a joy it is to see that the word is getting out and people are coming forward.  
 
So far in 2017, 143 people attended the CQM! 17 pastors have agreed to endorse the CQMs, which shows their commitment to this work!   
 
If it was not for each and every one of you, we would not have made the progress we have made so far towards impacting homelessness.  YOU are making a difference!
 
Associated Ministries convenes these meetings in partnership with other homeless and housing service providers working in Pierce County, with the goal of creating an energizing space to gather regularly to learn about, discuss and take action on the crisis of homelessness in our community. 
 
Please be sure to join us during our next CQM on
December 5th from 4-6pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 East Portland Ave, Tacoma WA 98404.
 
We would like to share a few highlights from our last meeting to encourage you to attend the upcoming meetings. 
 
Kristin Ely, along with her team from the City of Tacoma, facilitated a break-out group. Two churches are in conversations right now to provide safe parking for households experiencing homelessness! This is a GREAT accomplishment!
 
Mike Yoder, Associated Ministries’ Executive Director, led a team to brainstorm how to get more people of faith and goodwill involved in the Community Quarterly Meetings. We know it will take a LOT of people of faith and goodwill to impact homelessness!
 
Noah Baskett, from the Tacoma Rescue Mission, led another break-out group. This group spent a lot of time in conversation around homelessness and then decided as a take-away to gather donated socks and underwear for those coming to the mission for shelter.

Navaratri – A Hindu Fall Celebration!

Many cultures and faith traditions celebrate during the fall, many around harvest time.  The Hindu faith tradition is one of those.  Navaratri, currently in celebration, is a 9-day festival celebrated by Hindus around the globe.  While some areas of India celebrate as a harvest festival, others celebrate as an honor to the divine feminine Devi, celebrated as goddess Durga, as well as honoring revered god Rama.

Navaratri is known to many as “the celebration of dance.”  Celebrations include dance, stage decorations, recital of legend, enacting of the storie, and chanting of the scriptures of Hinduism.

To our Hindu friends, we wish you a joyful and fruitful Navaratri!Photo Credit: Anurag Agnihotri

SPECIAL NOTICE: Misrepresenting AM

SPECIAL NOTICE: AM is not currently soliciting donations through in-person cookie or product sales. If you encounter someone at a shopping center or elsewhere in the community claiming to represent AM, please be aware it is likely a misrepresentation. We’d appreciate it if you would let us know immediately about anyone you meet claiming to represent AM in such a manner by sending an email to michaely@associatedministries.org.  Thank you!

Meet our amazing Rapid Rehousing team

Our Rapid Rehousing team–Team Leader Ivette and amazing team members Mary, Kelsey, and Will–explain in this video a little of their approach to helping people with housing services. In 2016, they helped 375 households go from homelessness back into affordable housing rapidly and permanently. 

“We accept individuals and families who are referred by Coordinated Entry. We also assist with some move in costs and very short-term rental assistance. Using the Housing First model we address homelessness and then provide resources to meet other needs clients have.”

“In our program, we meet the clients where they are in life. This program is all about what the clients want and need. They are in charge of their destinies and know their situation better than we do. Families receive referrals to employment services, mental health services, and resources to gain tools for self-sufficiency. Empowering clients to take control of their lives is the key to our Rapid Rehousing Program.”

Landlord collaboration is vital to the success of the Rapid Rehousing Program. Read more about the incredible landlords the team has worked with and honored through regular Community Pillar Awards.

Family Fun and Education in One

Can you build a shelter out of a pallet, a tarp, some rope and other things you might find by the side of the road within 5 minutes? How many hygiene kits can your team put together before time runs out?  These are just two of the fun activities that teams and individuals will take part in at the AMAZING QUEST to Understand Homelessness.

This first time event, on Saturday, October 7th, will bring together people from throughout the community to compete with one another and work together to learn about homelessness, and some of the issues that people experiencing homelessness go through on a daily basis.  Teams with the most points will receive prizes and there will be a special prize for the team with the most spirit!  Points can be earned by completing the activities, locating individuals along the route who are handing out surprise points, and identifying special points of interest along the route. 

You can also earn points by donating needed items and obtaining donations through friends, family and coworkers by having them sponsor you or your team.

  • New or gently used: Outside sleeping bag, tarp, wool blanket
  • New: Emergency blanket, socks

If you are looking for an easy team-bonding activity for your group, whether business, faith communities, service group, school, etc., this is a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours together, working as a team and benefiting those that are the most vulnerable among us.

Registration is easy: just to http://www.associatedministries.org/amazing-quest to sign up.  For more information about the event, feel free to contact Wendy Morris at wendym@associatedministries.org or 253-426-1501.

 

“Standing United with Compassion” – Compassion Month Oct 13 – Nov 12

“Standing United with Compassion”
Compassion Month | October 13 – November 12  

Where did the Compassion Month idea stem from?  More than 30 Pierce County faith leaders came together earlier this year to express solidarity against hate speech and threats of violence directed at faith communities, particularly synagogues and mosques; they are now issuing a call to local congregations to declare their shared commitment to be agents of compassion and mutual support.

Associated Ministries welcomes Pierce County faith communities to take part in Compassion Month, with a kick-off weekend October 13th.

Activities During Compassion Month 


**Compassion Weekend Kick-Off October 13-15th**

Interfaith Service – hosted by Temple Beth El
Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Begin the weekend by attending an interfaith service with a compassion theme.  Service will begin at 7:30 at Temple Beth El with fellowship time immediately following.

Read/Share the Statement of Compassion
Weekend of Oct. 13-15

A Statement of Compassion (click here to download) has been prepared that can be signed and/or read in worship services, ideally during Compassion Weekend.  Feel free to share from the pulpit, maybe use as a responsive reading, or consider printing on a large piece of paper and having your congregants sign in support.  You may use the statement as written or tweak to create what works within your faith tradition.  

**The Entire Compassion Month (Oct. 13 – Nov. 12)! **

How does your faith community show their compassion?  How do you get the youth in your community involved?  What service projects do you do that reflect compassion?

Resources and suggested activities to help create a “Standing United with Compassion” observance or activity in your faith community have been compiled and are available to download here.

Please share with us how you express compassion as a faith community.  We’d love to share your creative ideas! 

If you have any questions, comments or would like to share your compassion activity ideas, please e-mail to sandyw@associatedministries.org or 253-426-1506.  We hope to see you on Friday, October 13th at Temple Beth El.

We’re praying that your faith community will stand together with us! 

Peace, Shalom, Salaam~

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