The headline for the impact you are making is A Future Where No Family Is Homeless in Pierce County.
Because of you, because you care about families and individuals experiencing homelessness here in our community, because you make a choice to contribute financially and with your time, as a volunteer or as a supporter advocating that more should be done.
You can access Associated Ministries’ 2016-17 Impact Report here. And you can be proud that thousands of your neighbors are being served and raised up. You are instrumental in that impact!
You’ll notice we’ve changed the format of our usual Impact Report. It’s shorter and to the point–your support does enormous good in the community. We plan on telling more of that story throughout the year, instead of in one jam-packed read.
We think it’s also important to let you know that what you’re supporting is a strengths-based approach to ending homelessness. That means we’re not just throwing money at a complex set of problems. Families and individuals possess the power to change their circumstances, and they have the motivation to return to permanent, affordable housing. And we’re walking alongside them to ease their barriers and help them build networks of support and community resources.
You may also be directly engaged in this work as a volunteer–through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful, perhaps in training to respond to the aftermath of a disaster, or in other projects that build up our community. We thank you for devoting time, and more importantly, love of neighbor, kindness, and compassion to the work we do together.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We look forward to the miraculous, creative, deeply personal ways you will continue that impact in 2018 and beyond.