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Are You Ready to Go on an “Amazing Quest”?

Join us this October for the Amazing Quest to Understand Homelessness. Associated Ministries has designed this energizing new event to take participants on a compelling journey illustrating the challenges our neighbors experiencing homelessness face. Teams complete engaging activities related to homelessness at multiple learning stations inside the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood; each encounter is designed to open your eyes, engage your mind, and touch your heart. At the end of the Quest there is music, food and fun for everyone!

To participate, form a team of four or more people by gathering your family and friends, workplace co-workers, fellow students from school, or adult or youth groups from your congregation to come together for this eye-opening and bonding experience. Register your team online here.

The team with the most points at the end of the Quest wins a great prize! How do you earn points? By successfully completing the learning activities at the Quest event, combined with bonus points you can earn for raising funds in advance (an online fundraising page is created for each registrant) and by collecting and bringing donated items to the Quest (such as blankets, socks, sleeping bags and tarps).

AM Executive Director Mike Yoder says, “I believe Amazing Quest can move the needle on awareness about the crisis of homelessness in Pierce County. There are so many misconceptions about homelessness; this event addresses these misconceptions in an accessible and family-friendly way. We have two goals: to illustrate the struggles of our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and to raise money and resources to inspire change and make a lasting impact.”

DON’T MISS the 2nd annual Amazing Quest to Understand Homelessness on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 at McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College (4500 Steilacoom Blvd Lakewood, WA 98499); the course is open for you to take your 1-2 hour journey any time between noon and 4:00 pm.  More information is available online at https://associatedministries.org/amazing-quest-2018/.

Join us this fall to go on an eye-opening Quest you’ll never forget! Sign up today!

Volunteer Opportunities
It takes dozens of volunteers to run the Amazing Quest, and many serving opportunities available. Please click here to volunteer.

Walk in the Park

Does a morning at the park sound like a great way to spend your Saturday? At the Hunger Walk & 5K Run you can enjoy a morning of beautiful lake views and help your neighbors in need at the same time. Speed walk, casually stroll, jog, or take a thrilling chip-timed run around scenic Waughop Lake. Whichever one you choose, you will know that you are helping hungry neighbors get the food they need.

Emergency Food Network is hosting this 38th annual event on May 5, 2018 at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Funds raised at the event help Emergency Food Network provide food to Pierce County community members in need.

Sign up as an individual, or get $5 off by registering as part of a team! Register today to secure your spot and start your fundraising efforts! www.efoodnet.org/hungerwalk2018


Martin Luther King, Jr., Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service

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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/.

Holiday Open House

Come join us on Friday, December 8th for our annual Holiday Open House!  Associated Ministries will be decorated to help show our creativity, inclusivity and festive side.  There will be refreshments, tours of the building (did you know it used to be a mortuary?), and smiling faces.

This is an opportunity to chat with staff members, and learn more about our programs and how we help the most vulnerable in our community. RSVP would be appreciated but not  required, just stop by our building at 901 South 13th Street between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Friday, December 8th to join in the fun!

We appreciate all the support we get each year from our volunteers, community partners, faith communities, sponsors, and individuals.  Our hope is that you can come celebrate the holiday season with us, and that 2018 begins another wonderful year working together shared commitment to our community and those in need!



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!

Weaving Our Strengths

You’re Invited!
Come one, come all! Lay leaders, ministers, pastors, youth leaders, interested individuals, church leadership councils, outreach teams, social justice teams, mission teams, worship teams, …

Come to Weaving Our Strengths, a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good. There will be worship, workshops, resource fair, the Rev. Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Awards, and conversations to weave our strengths together. This year’s theme is For Such a Time as This.

Conference information is up on the website www.thechurchcouncil.org/wos including workshop descriptions and presenter bios, logistics, ways to share the invitation, and registration.

Workshop themes include faith-based community organizing; racial reconciliation and justice-making; building relationships across differences; spiritual discomfort; climate justice; the Reformation today; affordable housing; ways to call upon God; immigrant accompaniment; and allyship in the public square.

Register Now!

A few notes:

  • Bring a team! Take advantage of more workshop offerings, build shared capacity and help implement learnings. There are group rates, along with student and individual rates.
  • Early Bird rate for individuals ends Sept. 1
  • Scholarships are available
  • Free childcare available with pre-registration by Sept. 15
  • Low-cost parking available nearby
  • Coffee, tea, snacks provided. Food vendor invited for lunch.

Weaving Our Strengths is offered by the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Their mission is to create a diverse community of churches and individuals who respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by building relationships of unity while working collaboratively for the common good. They partner with interfaith, community, and government organizations in our collective work for a more equitable and just society. Learn more about them and their efforts at thechurchcouncil.org.

Sponsors include: Dignity Memorial: Puget Sound Dignity Memorial providers including Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, SEIU 6 Property Services NW, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21, Community of Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, Aerospace Machinists Union District Lodge 751, Faith Action Network, Presbytery of Seattle, Puget Sound Sage, Seattle District – United Methodist Church, and Teamsters Local 117.


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 https://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.


You can “Lead the Way Home” for homeless families

Join us at the Lead the Way Home Breakfast for a morning of inspiration and learn about our vision to end family homelessness in our community.

Reserve your FREE tickets by October 27th

AM Executive Director Mike Yoder, along with former Director David Alger and other special guests, will share stories of faith, courage, and transformation.

Discover how you can help families step out of poverty and homelessness and move into a life that offers hope.

November 2, 2017

7:30am – 8:30am

Foss Waterway Seaport 705 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA

(free parking available in the adjacent lot)

The Lead the Way Home Breakfast is a fundraising event; while the breakfast is free you will be asked to make a generous donation to this worthy cause. Proceeds benefit Associated Ministries and its programs that serve homeless families and individuals.




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