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Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful Crew Leader Training

Calling all crew leaders for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful!  The dates for crew leader training, which is required for all new crew leaders or those who have not led a crew in 2 years or more, is now scheduled. You are only required to attend one of the trainings, so if you are unable to attend this one, there are other trainings offered on June 23 from 11 am to 1 pm or June 25 from 10 am – noon.  All trainings are held at Associated Ministries.

For more information on volunteering, visit our website at www.paintbeautiful.org or call Wendy Morris at 253-383-3056 ext. 117 or wendym@associatedministries.org.

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful Crew Leader Training

Calling all crew leaders for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful!  The dates for crew leader training, which is required for all new crew leaders or those who have not led a crew in 2 years or more, is now scheduled. You are only required to attend one of the trainings so if you are unable to attend this one, there are other dates on June 23 from 11 am to 1 pm or June 30 from 10 am – noon.  All trainings are held at Associated Ministries.

For more information on volunteering, visit our website at www.paintbeautiful.org or call Wendy Morris at 253-383-3056 ext. 117 or wendym@associatedministries.org.

 

Meet David Alger

Editorial Note: The article below was written by an Associated MinistriesNext Move intern in conjunction with two other Next Move interns. Associated Ministries was pleased to host three students from the Tacoma Public Schools. This students added to our agency with their new ideas, creativity and passion. The interns, Amaya Fox, Ella Banken and Tyreke Wilbanks were an integral part of helping write stories, research historic documents and add to our photo library to help us tell the story of Associated Ministries. Their final project, which was conducted as a joint interview, was with long-time Executive Director, Reverend David Alger. We hope you enjoy their work!

Reverend David Alger Interview by Amaya Fox

Reverend Dave Alger is a man who needs no introduction around Tacoma and Pierce County. As the former Executive Director of Associated Ministries for nearly thirty years, Alger has created a lasting impact on not only Associated Ministries, but also on the Tacoma community.

In his time as Executive Director, Alger was instrumental in the founding and development of many programs that sought to build a better Tacoma such as the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, the Moments of Blessing services, interfaith meetings, and the Hilltop Action Coalition.

Alger and interns 2I, along with fellow interns Ella Banken and Tyreke Wilbanks, was lucky enough to sit down with Rev. Alger for an hour and talk to him about his time as Executive Director and how AM was vital in the development of Tacoma, specifically the Hilltop community.

We discussed the idea of interfaith and the true meaning behind it, as it has been, and still is, such a prominent aspect of what is done at AM. In Alger’s perspective, the essential things necessary to effectively become an interfaith organization are “time, energy, and a willingness to accept the validity of other groups.” He goes on to say how, especially as Executive Director, he had to learn how to “roll with various religious customs and deal with the radical differences.” To him, interfaith means nothing without “honest, trusting relationships,” which is exactly what he strove to create in his time as Executive Director.

The Moments of Blessing are another effective service brought to Tacoma by Alger. He originally got the idea from a similar movement happening in Indianapolis and took it into his own hands; crafting it into a moving and spiritually uplifting program. In short, a Moment of Blessing is a service designed to reclaim a space where a homicide has occurred. It has become one of AM’s most effective and well-known programs to date. Alger strived to “work to involve people and show people how to be involved,” with such a rare opportunity to touch people’s hearts. “They are very, very moving and powerful times of healing.”

To begin getting involved in the Hilltop community, Alger made the decision to relocate AM right into the middle of Hilltop, in a time where gang violence was no stranger to the community. The move in his eyes “was a statement that we were committed to the city” and the building of a safer Tacoma, although the move initially did raise many safety concerns. This controversial decision was one of many that paid off immensely for AM and Hilltop, bringing the two together in a way that could not have been done otherwise.

Reverend Dave Alger, I’ve learned, is one of those people whom you could just sit down with for as little as ten minutes and think to yourself, “wow, I should be doing more to help the community.” He is an inspiration to many and a motivator for all. He encompasses the mission behind AM and all that it stands for in a way that no other person quite has, and for that Tacoma and Pierce County are forever thankful.  

Crew Leader Training for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

Calling all crew leaders for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful!  The dates for crew leader training, which is required for all new crew leaders or those who have not led a crew in 2 years or more, is now scheduled. You are only required to attend one of the trainings, so if you are unable to attend this one, there are other trainings offered on June 16 from 6-8 pm and June 18 from 10 am – noon.  All trainings are held at Associated Ministries.

For more information on volunteering, visit our website at www.paintbeautiful.org or call Wendy Morris at 253-383-3056 ext. 117 or wendym@associatedministries.org.

 

Community Meeting on Homelessness in Pierce County

As evidenced here http://thesubtimes.com/2016/04/30/unsheltered-homelessness-up-37-in-pierce-county/ and in other articles, Pierce County, like many communities along the West Coast, is experiencing higher numbers of people who are unsheltered.  In response, Pierce County Community Connections and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (www.csh.org) are hosting a weeklong Charrette to hear from experts and hold a community wide discussion on solutions to the issue of people who are homeless and sleeping outside. 

I’d like you to be part of this process by attending one of the day long sessions. One is in Tacoma – on June 21; the other is in Parkland – on June 22. The topics at each will be the same (see attachments for details). You can participate all day or you may choose to attend the session that most suits your interests. Additionally, CSH will be facilitating a feedback session at Bates Technical College 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma from 10:00 to 11:30 on Friday June 24th to provide draft recommendations from the two days of discussion.  

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
9am-5pm
Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
9-9:30 Introduction – Homelessness in Pierce County
9:30-11:30 Permanent & temporary housing options
12:30-2:30 Services including outreach and engagement
3-5 Maximizing Community Resources

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
9am-5pm
Pierce County Library Admin Building
2005 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98466
9-9:30 Introduction – Homelessness in Pierce County
9:30-11:30 Permanent & temporary housing options
12:30-2:30 Services including outreach and engagement
3-5 Maximizing Community Resources

The Charrette is a process that allows for a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and experiences to understand the scope of the problem and come together for solutions. CSH uses a modified fishbowl process to ensure maximum participation among diverse stakeholders. Key experts will have a conversation that will set the stage for a larger group discussion. More information on Charrettes is available here: http://www.csh.org/csh-solutions/community-work/local-planning/charrette-workshops/ .

Space will be limited at each site, so please RSVP as soon as possible to nui.bezaire@csh.org. Light snacks will be offered in the morning and the afternoon, however lunch is on your own. 

 Your participation will make the conversation richer – I hope you can join us.

Pierce County Charrette Flyer June 21-22_Page_1

Pierce County Charrette Flyer June 21-22_Page_2

Community Meeting on Homelessness in Pierce County

As evidenced here http://thesubtimes.com/2016/04/30/unsheltered-homelessness-up-37-in-pierce-county/ and in other articles, Pierce County, like many communities along the West Coast, is experiencing higher numbers of people who are unsheltered.  In response, Pierce County Community Connections and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (www.csh.org) are hosting a weeklong Charrette to hear from experts and hold a community wide discussion on solutions to the issue of people who are homeless and sleeping outside. 

I’d like you to be part of this process by attending one of the day long sessions. One is in Tacoma – on June 21; the other is in Parkland – on June 22. The topics at each will be the same (see attachments for details). You can participate all day or you may choose to attend the session that most suits your interests. Additionally, CSH will be facilitating a feedback session at Bates Technical College 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma from 10:00 to 11:30 on Friday June 24th to provide draft recommendations from the two days of discussion.  

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
9am-5pm
Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
9-9:30 Introduction – Homelessness in Pierce County
9:30-11:30 Permanent & temporary housing options
12:30-2:30 Services including outreach and engagement
3-5 Maximizing Community Resources

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
9am-5pm
Pierce County Library Admin Building
2005 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98466
9-9:30 Introduction – Homelessness in Pierce County
9:30-11:30 Permanent & temporary housing options
12:30-2:30 Services including outreach and engagement
3-5 Maximizing Community Resources

The Charrette is a process that allows for a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and experiences to understand the scope of the problem and come together for solutions. CSH uses a modified fishbowl process to ensure maximum participation among diverse stakeholders. Key experts will have a conversation that will set the stage for a larger group discussion. More information on Charrettes is available here: http://www.csh.org/csh-solutions/community-work/local-planning/charrette-workshops/ .

Space will be limited at each site, so please RSVP as soon as possible to nui.bezaire@csh.org. Light snacks will be offered in the morning and the afternoon, however lunch is on your own. 

 Your participation will make the conversation richer – I hope you can join us.

Pierce County Charrette Flyer June 21-22_Page_1

Pierce County Charrette Flyer June 21-22_Page_2

Come to the Wall – A Service of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Victory

We shall never forget that dreadful evening of June 17th, 2015 when gunshots rang out through the bible study of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC taking the lives of nine and leaving three others to tell the story. 

Allen AME Church of Tacoma, WA invites you to an ecumenical service of remembrance, forgiveness and victory on Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 6:30 PM at our Mother Emanuel Memorial Wall. (1223 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405)

Please RSVP at 253-627-6855 or pastor@allenchurch.org. We want to share your love. 

AME Come to the Wall

Hospice Volunteer Training

CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a volunteer training for those interested in supporting terminal patients and their families. Volunteers learn listening and communication skills, practical, supportive activities, the stresses of grief, and the different ways hospice supports the dying.

To attend please RSVP to jamesbentley@chifranciscan.org before April 18th to receive and process your application.

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Village Keepers Tacoma – Free Friday Meals

Village Keepers Tacoma is serving free meals to youth, young adults and their families at the Peoples Community Center in Tacoma. The Community Dinner is every Friday from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Additional Lunch Service Dates & Times:

  • March 21st 12-2pm
  • April 4th 12-2pm
  • April 5th 12-2pm
  • April 6th 12-2pm
  • April 7th 12-2pm
  • April 8th 12-2pm

Interested in giving a hand? Reach out to us via email village_keepers@yahoo.com phone 253-693-8165 or on Twitter @villagefirst1

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Urban Lecture Series Presents: Mercy & the Heart of God

Urban Grace Tacoma presents: Mercy & the Heart of God – What if we’re forgiven before we were created? A conversation with James Alison, Roman Catholic Theologian, priest and author. 

April 25th 7-8:30pm at St. Leo’s Church
710 S 13th St.
FREE Admission

The goal of the Urban Lecture Series is to model conversations that build bridges of understanding and redemptive action between faith communities and the public square. We do this on behalf of those who are most vulnerable. We recognize that our culture is organized to polarize and push us to the edges of important issues, leaving the center vacant. Edges are softened when centers are occupied with grace. This is our hope – to engage life’s most demanding questions and the people pushed to the edges, by finding centers that hold.

We deal with topics related to faith, ethics and public life. Our presenters are people who have demonstrated the ability to speak to life’s most demanding questions with grace, humor and prophetic insight.

Each lecture is unique in its structure based on the availability of the presenter(s), and the material. However, each lecture is designed to be a moveable feast involving catholic, protestant and other faith venues in the city as well as hosts who stand between traditions. The venues we select reflect our commitment to building bridges across the accidental and artificial divides the so easily separate us.

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