Author: Sandy Windley

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 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!

“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~

Call to Action: DACA

Call to Action (shared from Church World Service):
On the heels of the termination of DACA, it’s more important than ever to stand with our immigrant siblings. Congress must hear our voices loud and clear: Enact a clean Dream Act to protect immigrant youth. Defund the deportation and detention machine and border militarization. We cannot allow the Dream Act to be used as a bargaining chip for escalating detention, deportation, and border militarization.

Join in a national call-in and social media call for action to tell our Senators and Representatives to #DefundHate and pass the #DreamAct.

DACA Faith Toolkit

More information from CWS here: https://greateras1.org/tell-white-house-congress-oppose-terminating-daca/

Call to Action (shared from Interfaith Immigration Coalition):

President Trump has announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, turning our nation’s back on undocumented immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. The consequences of repealing DACA are immediate, devastating, and profound. No new DACA applications filed after today will be considered, and current DACA recipients will see their protection revoked starting in six months. DACA has protected nearly 800,000 immigrant youth from deportation and allowed them to work, attend school, and raise a family. DACA’s termination puts these lives at risk, threatens the sanctity of family unity, and jeopardizes our communities and economy. Click here to read the interfaith press statement opposing DACA’s termination and here for CWS’s statement.

More information from IIC here: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/issues/dream-act/

Interact with dynamic local leaders at the next Community Quarterly Meeting on homelessness

Associated Ministries brings people of faith and goodwill together every quarter to learn about what homelessness looks like in Pierce County, as well as take tangible steps to end homelessness. 

Join us during our next Community Quarterly Meeting (CQM):
September 21st from 4 – 6pm
Hosted by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98465

Attendees will be informed and educated about homelessness in Pierce County, gain understanding of effective interventions, and discuss potential projects and solutions. 

Speakers will include:

Gerrit Nyland: Homeless Programs Data Administrator for Catholic Community Services.  Gerrit will present a clear and compelling understanding of what homelessness looks like in Pierce County.

Tiegan Tidball Bradbury: Systems Analyst for the City of Tacoma.  Tiegan will provide an update on where the City is at regarding its emergency declaration on homelessness.

Noah Baskett: Sr. Director of Community Engagement for the Rescue Mission, Tacoma.  Noah will discuss potential projects in which people of faith and goodwill can take part. 

This is a CALL TO ACTION for those representing a specific faith community (as a pastor or appointed representative) along with anyone else interested in helping to end homelessness. Please plan to attend!

Download bulletin inserts here.

Many great successes have already come out of partnerships and dialogue at these Community Quarterly Meetings.  We celebrate those successes and are happy to share them with you here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chief Program Officer, Valorie Crout at valoriec@associatedministries.org or 253-426-1508.

Care Teams Training: offering compassion and support in times of disaster

by Amy Allison, Program Manager

Twelve years ago on August 29th, Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana, becoming the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. Hundreds of thousands of people in the hurricane’s path were displaced. To help communities of faith in Pierce County assist evacuees who were relocated here, Associated Ministries created the Care Teams program.

Today, AM continues to help communities of faith prepare to serve in times of disaster. We offer quarterly Care Team trainings to train volunteers to provide emotional, spiritual, and practical support for disaster survivors. Someday, it may be our own community in need. When that happens, will you be ready to help?

Our next Care Team training is happening soon! Please join us for this quarter’s topic, “Boundaries and Self-Care for Caregivers.”

Where:  Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 Portland Avenue, Tacoma 98404

When:  Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9 – 11 a.m.

This is a free event. Coffee and refreshments served!

RSVP to Wendy Morris, wendym@associatedministries.org, or 253-426-1501.

 

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