Martin Luther King, Jr., Redeeming the Prophetic Vision is an annual, all volunteer-organized, interfaith community event. It seeks to honor Dr. King’s radical call for peace and justice for ALL people by helping our community to shine the light of his vision on our current local, national, and global situation; re-imagine unity across difference; renew our shared commitment to the path of social justice; and reconnect with peace and justice activists and advocates across our community. This inspiring event is produced by The Conversation in partnership with Associated Ministries and Urban Grace Church. Please join us on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2:30-4:00 pm at Urban Grace, 902 Market St., Tacoma. You can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/934091500083724/.
For the past twelve years, AID NW has partnered with many community organizations to provide services to immigrants during and post-detention. Come and hear from representatives from the Archdiocese of Seattle, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Tacoma Community House, Team Child/KIND and World Relief describe their work and share ideas for improving and expanding services.
9:00 – Doors Open
9:30 – Welcome & Introductions
9:45 – Program
Improving and Expanding Services to NWDC Immigrants through AID NW Network of Providers
10:45 – Community Announcements
11:00 – Adjourn
Women’s tea and conversation, hosted by Temple Beth El Interfaith Group. Join us for a women’s only discussion about Holidays in different religions.
Please register for this free event at https://interfaithteaholiday.eventbrite.com to ensure space.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please note, this event is not sponsored by the library.)
Our next Care Team training is happening soon! Please join us for this quarter’s topic, “Boundaries and Self-Care for Caregivers.”
Twelve years ago on August 29th, Hurricane 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?
This is a free event. Coffee and refreshments served!
RSVP to Wendy Morris, email@example.com, or 253-426-1501.
We are so thankful for our wonderful volunteers and appreciate all the hard work they have been doing the last few months to help paint the homes of low-income homeowners!
However, in order to make sure all the homes scheduled for this summer get completed, we need help! There has been an unexpected issue with getting enough paint, and we are seeking donations to help purchase what we need to paint the last few homes for the low-income homeowners.
Any amount will help and you can donate at https://associatedministries.org/donate-2017/. Just select that your donation is for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful.
On behalf of the homeowners participating in the program, thank you in advance for your generosity!
The Shared Housing Workgroup took a similar path. They too wanted to get the word out about this great opportunity for the faith community. This workgroup plans to do more outreach in neighborhoods, congregations, neighborhood councils as well as some community gatherings.
The City of Tacoma Workgroup came up with some pretty creative ideas about how the faith community can get directly involved to support the Emergency Declaration on Homelessness, including safe parking, permanent housing solutions such as rehabbing derelict houses or purchasing tiny houses, and exploring policy changes such as screening practices for rental applications.
- Thursday, Sept. 21st from 4-6 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 South 12th Street, Tacoma, WA 98465.
- Tuesday, Dec. 5th from 4-6pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 East Portland Ave, Tacoma, WA 98404.
Community Resource Connection Center in Action by Debra Cole
I would like to share with you about one of our Community Resource Connections Center clients, Susan* (*her name is changed). She was looking for resources to assist her in finding a recliner before she had to have surgery on her neck and cervical spine. Due to this type of procedure she was given a strict set of rules to follow, one being to limit her mobility; restricting her to a specific area in her home.
She was in dire need of a reclining chair, one that was easy to function and the correct size for her height, and had been searching for weeks leading up her procedure. I told her about the Northwest Furniture Bank, however they did not have exactly what she was looking for. Susan then turned to Hope Furnishings, the retail part of the Northwest Furniture Bank, where they were better able to assist her and even gave her a discounted price.
Susan, due to a limited income, did not have the funds to purchase the recliner, so again we spoke. I told her about Associated Ministries’ (AM) Family Emergency Funds (FEF) and how it may be able to help with part of the cost, which it was, but not the full amount. The AM staff recommended I contact St. Leo’s Catholic Church, who was gracious enough to assist us with the remaining amount. To make things easier, I went over to St. Leo’s and met with Jessica to pick up the check to have ready when she came for the one from us.
She recently called to thank me and our team, as she is all set up with her new chair in the home. Susan was overjoyed that we were able to assist her and cannot thank us enough. This touched my heart, because what we do here at AM is life changing. We are capable of doing what seems impossible and I feel so fortunate to be a part of an amazing team!
Volunteers. Associated Ministries is grateful for the thousands of hours that our volunteer each year to help with programs such as Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Pierce County Hunger Walk to name just a few. Through their dedication to strengthening our community and giving of their time and talents, we have been able to paint nearly 2,200 homes of low-income homeowners, help thousands of people file their taxes, and for 35 years help organize and run an event to raise money for hunger relief.
Volunteers. They are an invaluable part of what we do and we appreciate each and every one who has been able to give of their time, whether for an hour or 600 hours during a year. Their passion and willingness to join us to unite people of faith and goodwill in the effort to make life better and perhaps easier for those in need, is a cherished gift.
Volunteers. We could not do what we do without them and we say thank you!