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!
It takes dozens of volunteers to run the Amazing Quest, and many serving opportunities available. Please click here to volunteer.
When we ask you to join us at the Lead the Way Home Breakfast it truly is an invitation. Not just to breakfast (Cheesy egg scramble, potatoes O’Brien, sausage, pastries, fruit skewers, by the way). Not just to enjoy the company of friends, though there will be plenty of time to do that.
You are invited to join the cause of ending family homelessness in our community.
Nothing means more to us than showing you how to help one more family move from homelessness to safe, stable housing.
Change the life of a mother and her children who are living in their car as winter comes. You can lead the way to safe shelter and a stable life. To a consistent school schedule with a rich environment for learning. To a meaningful job. You can lead the way home!
Homelessness is a crisis in our county. We are committed to making it a thing of the past. We’re counting on you to accept that challenge and join our commitment. Because you have a big heart, and it loves the chance to help other people.
The Lead the Way Home Breakfast is where you can start.
Please join us. Be inspired by stories of faith, courage and transformation. Make a new story you can tell others. A story about how you helped families step out of poverty and homelessness and move into a life that offers hope.
Admission is to the breakfast is free. Your investment in ending homelessness will be magnified many times over through the lens of loving kindness.
Reserve your free tickets by October 27th.
You are invited!
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.
There 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 website. By uniting together, we are building a stronger community!
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.
True to Northwest style, hundreds of people came out even with the threat of rain, to participate in the 36th annual Pierce County Hunger Walk!
Raising thousands of dollars to help fight against hunger in our community, people from throughout the community came together as one, to show they care. And they are still receiving donations for their part in the walk!
Perhaps you are now thinking, “darn, I wish I could’ve participated”; there is still time to help. For the month of October, we are continuing to raise funds through “Harvesting for Hunger”. So whether you had to miss the walk this year, or were able to participate but feel lead to do more, you have the opportunity.
Our “Harvesting for Hunger” is a fun way for folks to donate through an interactive poster. Kids can color the pieces of fruit and vegetables, adults write the amount they will be donating, and then post it on either the tree or basket.
Everybody can participate! It is a fun way faith communities (especially youth groups), school or civic groups or businesses can show their support in the fight to combat hunger in Pierce County. All funds raised will go to Emergency Food Network who can take $1 and turn it into $12 worth of food.
The steps to “Harvesting for Hunger” are simple:
- a person is selected as the point of contact
- posts the poster of their choice (or both if they want!)
- advertises the opportunity to either “fill the basket” or “harvest the tree”
- collects the money
- contacts Michele Cotton at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange delivery of monetary donations
- more people in our community will receive necessary food for themselves and their families!
Downloads of posters and images you can use are available online under the Hunger Walk Resource Tab. Uniting together to help the most vulnerable in our community is a mission we can all agree on!