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Ready to Serve in Times of Disaster

All of our communities will one day be affected by a disaster – whether natural, such as storms or earthquakes or a volcano erupting as Mt. St. Helens did 37 years ago today, or caused by accidental or deliberate human conduct. When that time comes, will you be ready to help?

Learn more about how you can help in times of disaster at a Care Teams training! Disaster Response Care Teams are groups of trained volunteers who provide support, compassion, and resources to those affected by disasters.  Training and materials are free!

The next Care Team training will take place on:

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9 – 11 AM
Bethlehem Baptist Church
4818 Portland Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98404

The topic is Psychological First Aid – understanding the impact of disasters, and how to be a calming presence and emotional support to survivors. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

For more information visit our website at www.associatedministries.org.

Housing is the Foundation for Wholeness

Associated Ministries’ Community Quarterly Meeting

Learn How YOU Can Impact Homelessness

All people of faith and good will are invited to attend an interactive learning session on Thursday, March 16 from 4-6pm, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 South 12th Street, Tacoma, WA 98465.

Attendees will learn about Associated Ministries’ programs and services, what homelessness looks like in Pierce County, and how people of faith can directly impact homelessness.

The crisis of homelessness in our community is real!

In 2016, 13,740 households contacted Pierce County’s Coordinated Entry System experiencing some level of housing instability. These are struggling families and vulnerable individuals who spent the previous night on the street, in a shelter, or in a place not meant for human habitation, as well as those fleeing from domestic violence.

YOU can make a difference!  

Please plan to join us to continue our conversation about ways that people of faith can impact homelessness!

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Valorie Crout, Associated Ministries’ Chief Program Officer via email or 253-383-3056 ext. 108.

Free Tax Preparation

Tax season has begun! Once again, Associated Ministries, in partnership with several other local organizations, will offer FREE tax preparation services to low and moderate income taxpayers and seniors at 23 different locations in Pierce County. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Why get your taxes done through VITA? 

  • You will receive help from IRS certified tax preparers, and you are helping people expand their experience and resume to find jobs in the financial field. 
  • Volunteers will help eligible taxpayers claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other similar credits.  A large number of taxpayers who could qualify for the EITC do not claim the credit.
  • It’s free for low and moderate income taxpayers (incomes up to $54,000), and seniors.

Before going to a VITA site, be sure to bring:

  • Income documents such as W2s from all jobs worked, and 1099 forms for other income
  • Documentation of expenses you want to claim, such as child care expenses, home mortgage interest, higher education expenses, and charitable donations
  • Bank account information for refund direct deposit
  • Photo ID for the primary taxpayer (and spouse, if married). 
  • Social Security Cards or ITIN cards for all family members. 

Please note that VITA volunteers are unable to do tax returns for married taxpayers filing separately, or returns with some complex tax situations.

VITA sites are located throughout Pierce County.  Call 2-1-1 or visit www.VolunteerTaxHelp.org to locate a site near you.

How Can People of Faith in Pierce County Assist the Homeless?

What can members of our community do to address the growing challenge of homelessness? People of faith and goodwill are invited to attend an interactive learning session regarding homelessness in Pierce County. Participants will come away with a better understanding of this crisis and will be briefed on the assistance programs that are available, as well as the work that remains to be done.

The crisis is real: during the past 11 months, Associated Ministries interacted with 7,212 households that were experiencing some level of housing instability in Pierce County. These are struggling families and vulnerable individuals who spent the previous night on the street, in a shelter, in a place not meant for human habitation, as well as those fleeing from domestic violence.

Rev. Dr. Eric Jackson of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a member of Associated Ministries’ Board of Directors, will host the gatherings; he invites all people of faith and goodwill to attend to learn more about how to assist those experiencing homelessness in Pierce County.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact AM Communications at communications@associatedministries.org.

How Can People of Faith in Pierce County Assist the Homeless?

What can members of our community do to address the growing challenge of homelessness? People of faith and goodwill are invited to attend an interactive learning session regarding homelessness in Pierce County. Participants will come away with a better understanding of this crisis and will be briefed on the assistance programs that are available, as well as the work that remains to be done.

The crisis is real: during the past 11 months, Associated Ministries interacted with 7,212 households that were experiencing some level of housing instability in Pierce County. These are struggling families and vulnerable individuals who spent the previous night on the street, in a shelter, in a place not meant for human habitation, as well as those fleeing from domestic violence.

Rev. Martin Yabroff of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, a member of Associated Ministries’ Board of Directors, will host the gatherings; he invites all people of faith and goodwill to attend to learn more about how to assist those experiencing homelessness in Pierce County.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact AM Communications at communications@associatedministries.org.

Pierce County Council & Executive Candidate Forum

Download Flyer Here

AHC Candidate Forum 
Candidates: 7 Pierce County Council candidates + 2 Pierce County Executive candidates
Moderator: Matt Driscoll, TNT columnist
Co-host: NAMI [National Alliance on Mental Illness] Pierce County
Hors d’oeuvres & beverages will be provided.

To RSVP or for more info, contact Connie Brown, Executive Director
Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
connie@affordablehousingconsortium.org 
253.627.0949, fax 253.627.2160
1323 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma 98405

Brian McLaren: The Great Spiritual Migration

Reading, Book Signing and Reception

The Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move—outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life.   It’s time to move again.  

Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, argues that— notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance—Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun. 

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is an ecumenical global networker among innovative Christian leaders. For more information on Brian, visit his website at www.brianmclaren.net.

Hilltop Street Fair

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11am – 7pm, Tacoma’s Hilltop Street Fair will expand from 9th St to 13th St and MLK Way. More arts! More music! More fun!

  • 3 music stages
  • Hilltop film competition
  • Talent show, dance, art, spoken word
  • Car show
  • Bike fun
  • Kids’ activities & entertainment
  • Sidewalk chalk-off
  • Beer garden
  • Food/arts & craft vendors
  • Free kids’ books
  • Free health & dental screenings

Location

Hilltop
MLK Jr. Way from 9th to 13th
Tacoma

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Obon Summer Dance Festival

Tacoma Bon Odori
A Japanese Folk Dance Festival

Come join us on the first saturday of August for the OBON Summer Dance Festival! Event includes: Outdoor festival, Japanese food, Traditional dance, Taiko drumming, Beer garden and Candlelight memorial service

Saturday, July 30th
5:00-9:00 PM
Tacoma Buddhist Temple
1717 South Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA
tacomabt.org
Located 3 blocks up from the UWT campus

Everyone welcome!

Dance lessons
in Temple social hall
July 12-24
7:30-9:00 PM

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Financial “Big View” Meeting

Every month, our Circles program has a meeting called the “Big View” where we address the issues those in poverty are facing daily. We are now opening this opportunity up to the community and we want to be sure to include you!

Attached you will find a flyer promoting our monthly Big View meeting at Mountain View Community Center. This month’s topic is finance. We will have an expert on Social Security answer questions many have such as; how much can I make and still collect social security? If I suspend my social security is it possible to re-activate it? And questions about credit such as; how do I repair bad credit? What does my credit score need to be to get a home loan? When is it appropriate to use credit? How do I establish credit?

Mountain View Community Center is located at:
3607 122nd Ave. E. Suite A
Edgewood, WA 98372

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Mary Neff
Director of Programs
maryn@mtviewcc.org
253.826.4329
Visit our Face Book page http://www.facebook.com/mtviewcc
Or visit us on the web at www.mtviewcc.org

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