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Video of 2/24 Blessing & Celebration of Thea Bowman Apartments, Kent, WA (Check back to help with Welcome Baskets)
The newest property in Kent which provides 80 units of housing and supportive services for formerly homeless individuals and veterans in the community had a virtual dedication on Wednesday Feb. 24th, 2021 on the CCS/CHW YouTube Channel. CCS has worked hard to make sure many of the HOME men get opportunities to live there. Connie Allen is trying to get information to help provide Welcome Baskets to the people living there. More details to come as they are available.
- YouTube Video link, https://youtu.be/zlPONAHmiGY
- Northwest Catholic Article, https://nwcatholic.org/news/jean-parietti/new-ccs-apartments-in-kent-meet-deep-need-for-supportive-housing-to-help-the-homeless
- Archbishop Etienne’s Blog, https://www.archbishopetienne.com/thea-bowman-house-ccs-dedicates-new-permanent-affordable-housing-facility-in-kent
Habitat For Humanity
“Dear Cornerstone Family,
On June 3, 2021, from 12-1pm, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County (SKC) is hosting their annual Beyond the Build Event virtually, providing the unique opportunity for more folks to login and engage in this event. While it is a fundraiser, it is free, unless you wish to donate. Our hope is that you will join us on June 3rd and learn more from award winning Author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” Matthew Desmond, on the importance of affordable housing. Please consider registering – www.habitatskc.org/lunch. Habitat for Humanity has reached out to Connie (Serve Chair) and Bob Allen to ask if we could spread the word. When you sign up, please list Connie and Bob Allen as your Table Captains so they know you’re from Cornerstone.
The Cornerstone community began working with Habitat for Humanity years ago when Daniel Foster was pastor. They introduced themselves to the congregation and provided an overview of their activities and opportunities to volunteer. Various members of the congregation have been involved with them over the years to build affordable housing.”
Connie and Bob Allen
Cornerstone has a long-standing history supporting Habitat for Humanity and their builds around South King County. Cornerstone has been given the opportunity to participate in upcoming builds happening in our area. If you would like to find out more about this click here. You can speak with Bob or Connie Allen firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 253-951-1268 (prefer text) for more information or the church office.
For anyone looking to get involved as an individual here is the link for more information. https://habitatskc.org
A Thank you from the man we helped through HOME
“Cornerstone UMC has been a tremendous Blessing to helping me get back on my feet during the Covid -19 Pandemic. I could never thank you all enough for your kindness, generosity & love.God Bless you all from the bottom of my heart.
PS: I love my new apt in Des Moines! Woohoo! God is Good All The Time.”
Mark (formerly homeless man we helped who was in the HOME program)
Other ways to Serve All Year at Cornerstone or in the Community
Our Blessing Box
During these difficult times we are seeing more and more activity at the Blessing Box in our parking lot. On a daily basis people are donating to the box and taking items as needed. If you would like to donate you can add things directly to the box or make financial donations to the church and memo them “Blessing Box? We are SO grateful for your continued generosity.
Provide meals, childcare and rides and visits and help to church members in need who have had new babies, illness, a death in the family, helping people move, etc.
Grateful to our Serve Team that continues to prepare meals for the ladies at KentHOPE.
We need help making and delivering lunches to KentHope. Look for upcoming dates soon! Or you may contact Jolaine Elliott at Jolaineelliott@comcast.net or text her at 253-861-6740.
Personal Shopper for a Shut In Senior Citizen
Would you like to adopt another Merrill Garden’s resident? They have two new residents who need shopping help. The residents are still not allowed to go shopping for themselves because the facility is afraid they will be exposed to too many Covid germs! If you would like to help out, please reply to this email and let me know and I will give you their name and contact info. If you aren’t sure, but you have some questions about this outreach please contact me and I will be happy to answer your questions. Merrill Garden’s is in Auburn. If you have questions you can contact Carol Nohavec.
Sew N Serve making masks for church and community. For more information email here
- Connie Allen is working with Catholic Community Services to serve sack lunches to the people served at the Day Use facilities. These will not just be the men whom we have hosted through HOME, but all the people who visit the Day Use Facilities. The number of people being served is much larger than our normal HOME dinners for 20-25, so working with a group of friends, your small group, etc. is recommended. Please follow the links below or contact Connie Allen email@example.com or text/call 253-951-1268 (prefer text) for more information.
Community Engagement Center Link (Kent)
The Community Engagement Center is located at 31225 W Smith St Kent, WA 98032; right behind CCS’s Kent Family Center Offices. We are seeking help to provide lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. Meals should be delivered between 11am and 12pm and should be for 35-70 people. Individually wrapped meals like sandwiches or burritos are preferred but family-style meals are appreciated too. · https://signup.com/go/RckdGLd
Facebook Link here
Erin Maguire, MSW
Catholic Community Services of King County
Regional Network Builder
firstname.lastname@example.org | 206-327-2474
3. Looking for a new & simple Serve opportunity to support the homeless? HOME is needing help picking up milk at Smith Brother’s Dairy & delivering to the CCS office in Kent on Friday mornings. Connect with Peggy Kessel or Connie Allen to learn how.
4. Looking for men’s smaller (s-m) sized warm clothes, underwear and socks for women as well as men for homeless men. Contact Peggy Kessel for pick up. KesselCrib@comcast.net
Storehouse Covington Foodbank – info@CovingtonStorehouse.org
Vine Maple Place – Donations and Volunteers Needed
Maple Valley Foodbank
God is ever good and gracious in giving me exactly what I need even when I think I should have something else. Japan is still under COVID restrictions meaning ministry outreaches are limited at the moment. This is discouraging, but I can see how God is using the time to prepare me. I am getting much better at my Japanese and much braver in using it knowing full well that I will mess up and look completely silly. This has provided many good laughs with the Japanese people I’ve met both at the cafe and around town. No time is ever wasted when God is involved, sometimes it just doesn’t look like I dreamt it would. To read more, please see this month’s newsletter Postcards from Japan: https://mailchi.mp/386c04b314e1/postcards-from-japan-march-marks-1-year
~ Continued prayer for my Japanese language learning, that I would be bold to use what I am learning even if I make silly mistakes at times.
~ Continued prayer for my relationship with the Japanese Cafe Manager, that we could get to know each other even though my language skills are beginner.
~ Prayer for the Cafe and Church as we end the state of emergency this month and can hopefully start doing more outreach.
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