Community Quarterly Meeting – August 18

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Join us every quarter to learn about, discuss and take action on the crisis of homelessness!

This is a CALL TO ACTION for attendees representing every faith community, the faith leader and/or their appointed representative and people of goodwill who are interested in helping to end homelessness. AM convenes these meetings in partnership with other Pierce County homeless and housing service providers; our goal is to create energizing space for people of faith and goodwill to gather regularly to take action to help end homelessness in our community.

We are much stronger when we work together! Homelessness is a crisis in our community; we need each other in order to effectively address this urgent issue. Please join us for Associated Ministries’ next Community Quarterly Meeting (CQM) on homelessness.  This is a free event but registration is required (click here):

Community Quarterly Meetings to Solve Homelessness

Thursday, August 18, 5:00-6:30 pm

IN-PERSON!
Tacoma Community House

1314 S L St, Tacoma, WA 98405

Come learn and see how you can get involved!  Please help us plan – don’t forget to register!

August’s presenters:

Gerrit Nyland, Social Services Supervisor for the Pierce County Human Services Department, will present an overview of our County’s new Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness. This plan resulted from the efforts of a Steering Committee with wide community representation, with the final product being a plan to design a system to end homelessness in Pierce County. The vision is an integrated, adaptable, and responsive network of services that supports stability and self-determination for everyone, featuring collaboration across jurisdictions and sectors. Gerrit will highlight opportunities for faith communities to support this new vision to end homelessness.

Paula Anderson, Executive Director of New Hope Resource Center in Puyallup, will share details on the newly relaunched countywide Safe Parking Network, which will be coordinated by New Hope. Several congregations are already successfully hosting safe parking programs, and several more are being sought to meet this unique opportunity to provide emergency respite for those experiencing homelessness. Paula will highlight what it could look like for your faith community to be involved.

Michael Yoder, Executive Director of Associated Ministries, will facilitate an interactive session with all meeting participants to review and update the vision and mission for the Community Quarterly Meetings, to ensure that these gatherings continue to meet the needs of those who attend. Please come and share your ideas about how communities of faith and goodwill can be even more effective in impacting our houseless neighbors!

For more information contact Sandy Windley at Associated Ministries: 253-426-1506 or sandyw@associatedministries.org

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