Last Sunday, November 11, 2018, Kim Saunders gave an update on Pastor Sara's recovery, the plan for re-engagement at Salt House, and call to the community to step up in ways that will help Salt House thrive in this season of transition.
On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Salt House Council Treasurer Greg Fenich shared a financial update with the Salt House Community. Please watch that update here.
View the slides from Greg’s presentation below.
Donors, volunteers, other supporters-
Greetings, we hope this email finds you well. An update of news related to New Bethlehem (NB) follows.
New Bethlehem Project: Campaign for Permanent 24/7 Shelter
King County has awarded $2 million to the capital campaign! The project is now considered funded to a good level and Catholic Community Services can move forward with the design work towards a projected groundbreaking in spring 2019. We are also excited to announce that of the $1 million needed from community support, we have raised $950,000! (See attachment.) There is still time to donate and help us cross this exciting finish line!
Donations can be made online at www.nbpshelter.org or mailed to:
Catholic Community Services (Attn: Eastside CARES)
100 23rd Ave SE, Seattle, WA 98114
Questions? Please contact Rebecca Nightingale at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-709-7490.
We continue to experience a larger number of guests as in summer, although the first couple hours can be quieter until kids get out of school and they arrive with parents. We averaged about 40 guests daily in September, with a high of 66. The greatest needs we have to provide for our guests are volunteers willing to work a few hours and preparers for the primary meal at dinner time. See more on this in the final section.
Andrew Ndayambaje - New Case Manager
Mid-August, Andrew Ndayambaje joined NB as Case Manager. Andrew grew up in east Africa and has the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in law from a college in Kigali, Rwanda. He subsequently worked there for a law firm and was also a human rights activist. He moved to the US in 2011 and after a couple of relocations for jobs he finally arrived in Washington in 2017. He has varied work experience, including with Union Gospel Mission locally, but his passion throughout has been in social services and community building. As Case Manager, he assists in numerous areas, including jobs, education and housing. He is working full time Monday-Friday. Andrew is married, lives in Lynnwood and loves sports, especially the Seattle Sounders soccer team. This is a remarkable young man whose experience and desire to help can make a huge difference for our clients.
The Neiferts - Volunteer Spotlight
Mary and Don Neifert are regular volunteers for NB. Mary works in the family room on Sundays, where she especially enjoys interacting with kids and their parents. Her favorite part is celebrating special moments with parents. Don drives the NB van in the evening to deliver guests to the overnight shelter. He likes doing this because it relieves the burden for guests of taking buses or walking with luggage, kids or pets. Don's favorite part is that helping saves families time and money while reducing stress.
The Neiferts chose NB for volunteering because "it offers such needed support for families experiencing homelessness and by helping it provides more time for regular staff to do their incredible work." Mary and Don are married, have three adult children in college, live in Woodinville and attend Holy Family Parish. Don is an engineer and Mary is an occupational therapist. We are fortunate to have these two special volunteers.
Volunteer Appreciation Event
Volunteers and members of the NB Steering Committee, please come and celebrate with us on Saturday, October 20 from 6-7:30 PM at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. We want to celebrate what has been accomplished and thank each of you for your time, effort and prayers that have facilitated New Bethlehem helping those in need. There will be yummy bites, wine and activities to become acquainted. We will meet in the Holy Family Parish Social Hall (7045 120th Ave NE, Kirkland,) allowing some social time before an informal program begins. Significant others welcome. If you have not done so as yet, please RSVP this email. We hope to see you there!
How You Can Help
We immensely appreciate those who contribute to the operations of NB. Our most pressing need now is for individuals who can contribute volunteer time of about two hours in the afternoon or especially in the evening. This is a significant item, as the power of more volunteers = the power of what we can accomplish for guests. Also, we have a need for individuals or groups who can provide the dinner meal. Information on these and other opportunities follows.
Volunteering We encourage you to give this a try if you have not. An option is to get a friend or another family member and work together by signing up for slots at the same time. See www.nbpshelter.org/volunteer for information and attend our next monthly orientation on Sunday, October 28, 12:30 PM at NB. Please reply to this email to register for orientation.
Provide the dinner meal or snacks The dinner meal can be done by an individual but is also great fun for a group. Snacks may be an option when you have less time. Get information, including dinner ideas, at www.nbpshelter.org/provide-a-meal.
Provide supplies Cleaning, laundry, hygiene and other household supplies are immensely important. If you can help, see www.nbpshelter.org/provide-supplies.
Donate financially We of course are always grateful for monetary help. See www.nbpshelter.org/donate/.
To those actively supporting us--thank you, thank you, thank you! To those who have not as yet been involved, we would love to have you join us!
NB Volunteer Committee
Welcome to Fall 2018! It’s a new season at Salt House and you are invited to engage more deeply in the rhythms and life of this growing community. Here’s a overview of our Pathway for Deeper Engagement at Salt House.Read More
Summer greetings to donors, volunteers and other supporters:
Activities at the Day Center, campaign funding, highlighting volunteers, so much to share.... But first and foremost, thank you to all who have stepped up during the summer time of outdoor activities, lots of socializing and vacations to continue your support of New Bethlehem (NB) with volunteer time, meals and donations. We cannot express enough our gratitude for you!
New Bethlehem Project
The campaign to build a permanent shelter is going very well! In fact, we have raised just over $950,000 of our $1 million goal! Thank you to those who have donated! While we are close to our goal, we aren't there yet. If you, friends or family are interested in donating, please go to www.nbpshelter.org and click "Donate to Campaign." Every $20 gift helps us get closer to the million dollars. Our goal is to have 100% of the money raised by the end of this year.
Did you see the recent article in NW Catholic magazine? See https://www.nwcatholic.org/news/local/eastside-parishes-raise-700000-to-help-build-year-round-family-shelter.html.
Meeting existing friends, making new acquaintances, sharing experiences of the day and the week, listening compassionately to stories of difficult circumstances and celebrating even little successes of others. What do these have in common? They are typical of time spent at the Day Center for both guests and volunteers. With time, it even becomes as a large family. It is quite a place! If you have not volunteered before, write us to learn more.
We continue to experience an increased number of guests at the Day Center during summer and of course with school out until recently, lots of kids arrived with their family. The nice weather has allowed our guests to relax outside, kids to use the playground equipment or just run in open space, and outdoor grilling for dinner. An update of critical significance: Day Center staff have now helped 89 FAMILIES move to more stable housing since the NB opening less than two years ago! Once again, to all who participate in one way or another to support the operation of NB, thank you, as this success could not happen without you. Hooray. hooray.........
Salt House Church supports Back to School
Salt House recently completed a "Socks and Underwear Drive" to benefit the families of the Day Center. The Drive was coordinated by members of the Homelessness Thrive Team at Salt House with participation by other families from the greater Salt House community. The drive resulted in 305 new pairs of kids socks and 216 pairs of underwear! WOW, that is really phenomenal! A huge thank you to Salt House for your concern and kindness. These items will be handed out to guests soon and will help them immensely with basic needs for their kids going back to school.
Volunteer Highlight - written by Carson Stockwell, a high school student
"Carson, Carson," yelled Issac and Jacob with total excitement to see me at the Day Center on a Sunday. I matched their delight as I greeted them with a big "hello!" Issac and Jacob were two of the children I forged a special bond with during my weekly visits to the Day Center fulfilling my junior year service hour requirement for high school.
I chose NB because at various times during mass, an update was given on the homeless crisis on the Eastside with a call to action. I wanted to help. I enjoy working with children and I've been blessed with many gifts so I thought I could make a small difference by tutoring on Tuesdays. "Tutoring" sometimes took the form of "playing tag," but it was engagement with the kids nonetheless. That's how I met my friends Issac and Jacob. We looked forward to our weekly visits.
When the time came for me to choose a placement for my Eagle Scout project, I knew I wanted to have an impact at NB again. In collaboration with the Day Center, I created a trail and seating area on the grounds for visitors to enjoy. That Saturday, Issac and Jacob wanted to "help." I assigned them a small task of moving mulch and then quickly directed them to the pizza and cookies provided for the workers. They were so happy to have contributed in some way.
Being involved in NB has given me more than I have given it. It has taught me:
Unfortunate circumstances can fall on anyone at any time. God calls us not to judge but to help one another.
Issac and Jacob's friendship taught me to embrace the little things in life. They rejoiced every time they saw one another at the Day Center; something as simple as seeing a friend made their day. Over time, seeing them during the week certainly made my day.
Everyone needs a purpose. While others may have seen them as a distraction, giving Issac and Jacob a small task on my project made them feel good about themselves because they helped ME. That was humbling.
Volunteer Highlight - Dennis Bogh
Dennis is a busy guy. He is married with three grown children and works as a consultant for organizations with large industrial motors. But as his schedule allows, he often arrives at NB at 12:30 PM on Mondays for the cleaning of our spaces--showers, floors, bathrooms, etc. NB does not open for guests until 2 PM, so it allows the cleaning crew to work unimpeded. His favorite job, he stated "is cleaning floors as it makes such a big difference." Indeed, the once weekly "super clean" does result in a huge improvement and guests often comment on how fresh and neat it is. Dennis says volunteering is his response to being called by the Spirit to serve and that he knows the work at NB is needed and appreciated. Dennis lives in Woodinville and belongs to Holy Family Parish in Kirkland. We are very fortunate and grateful to have Dennis on our team!
Opportunities to Serve
There are many ways to continue to serve or to give it a try for those who have not as yet. Filling volunteer slots now is especially appreciated as we have a much greater need for volunteers with the increase in guests. Existing volunteers, please mark Saturday, October 20 on your calendar for the annual Volunteer Appreciation gathering; more information will follow.
We would like to highlight the significant need for help with the once weekly cleaning of the Day Center on Mondays from 12:30-1:30 PM. You can individually sign up or perhaps you know a group who would enjoy working together and providing this important service for NB. Ideally 4 volunteers are needed each week. Of course you can sign up once to try it and if it suits you, fit it into your schedule, maybe once monthly or whatever works for you. The primary duties for the 4 person crew include vacuuming the living and dining areas, mopping floors, running a couple of loads of laundry (primarily bath towels,) cleaning showers, restocking toiletries and helping to organize and clean the supplies and storage areas.
Volunteering See www.nbpshelter.org/volunteer and attend one of our next orientations on Sunday, September 30 or October 28, 12:30 PM at NB. Please reply to this email to register for orientation.
Provide the evening meal or snacks See www.nbpshelter.org/provide-a-meal.
Provide supplies See www.nbpshelter.org/provide-supplies.
Donate financially See www.nbpshelter.org/donate/.
Life happens. Every day, really every hour, we have many things that we need to do and that we want to do. We continue to be humbled by YOU, a group of individuals who do not forget about those in need and take time to do something about it. PLEASE KNOW YOU MAKE A HUGE CONTRIBUTION TO THEIR LIFE and we (and they) are extremely grateful.
Blessings to you,
NBDC Volunteer Committee
Summer greetings New Bethlehem supporters! News for June to mid July follows.
We have been busy serving guests who need a meal, a shower, to wash clothes or just a break from the midday heat. Families now often arrive together with school vacation and the afternoon snacks as well as evening meals continue to be greatly appreciated. In the last 3 months, New Bethlehem (NB) has served 195 different guests! Further, 11 families moved to more stable housing during this time, bringing to 82 the total number since opening (and 45 of these moved into permanent homes.) HOORAY! This is so exciting and we are humbled to be helpful in the process. Thank you to all supporters who have facilitated this to happen!
A Tribute to Laura -- Volunteer Extraordinaire
Every startup organization needs people who are outgoing, effective and love what they do. New Bethlehem was blessed to have just that person in Laura Sabine, our first Volunteer Coordinator.
Laura was on the original team in 2015 at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland that planned a day center for families experiencing homelessness on the Eastside and soon thereafter agreed to her unpaid role as Volunteer Coordinator for NB. She needed to determine and provide everything necessary to have an efficient volunteer base. She talked with other shelters and started to identify the pieces that would be necessary for this endeavor. She spent considerable time developing necessary procedures, including orientation, job responsibilities, time slots, and necessary communications (including SignUp.com for volunteers to locate available slots.)
Laura did not have to find volunteers as churches and other faith communities got out the word of NB opening in November 2016. But Laura needed to be ready for the hundreds of inquiries that resulted in volunteers going to orientation and many following through with volunteering. Laura thought it was important to provide different kinds of volunteer opportunities (and thus we have kitchen, family room, cleaning, meals, snacks, crafts,) an environment where volunteers could work closely with other volunteers to enjoy the service being provided while also building relationships among the volunteers, and to have definitive procedures for volunteers to do without overstaffing to avoid the feeling of "I am not needed here."
With this myriad of responsibilities, Laura's first love was talking to volunteers--prospective or current. She loved hearing their stories, their concerns, and then trying to help. Her passion was to develop a volunteer community that loved NB as much as NB would love them. Many of us had the privilege of her advice, always given in a friendly manner and always focused on each of us.
Laura's husband, Chris, accepted a new position in 2018 and the couple has now moved to Hawaii. They have a 24 year old daughter living in the Midwest and an 18 year old son who stayed in Kirkland to go to college and pursue a music career. We are grateful to Mary Ann Joy, who has now taken over the role of Volunteer Coordinator.
We feel privileged to have had Laura at NB and of course wish her the very best.
Outdoor Grill Donation
An outdoor grill was recently donated to NB and a heartwarming story is behind it. Kirkland Interfaith Network (KIN) is a local outreach organization working to help those in need locally and globally. One of KIN's board members recently lost her husband, who loved outdoor grilling so much he was known as the "grill sergeant." When KIN found out NB was in need of a grill for Father's Day, funds were donated both by KIN and the family in the husband's memory to fill our need. We are very honored by this contribution. The grill was used on Father's Day, July 4th and other summer meals; our guests love it! KIN has also graciously provided swim passes and Summerfest tickets for guests of NB. Thank you so much to KIN and the family!
Opportunities to Serve
NB has many ways you can plug in to serve. Due largely to summer vacations by volunteers, we are especially in need of evening meals and weekly snacks. Are you able to help? See below for more information.
Volunteering at the Day Center Have you not volunteered for some time or perhaps not at all? It is easy, non-threatening and fun. Get a friend and serve together! If new to volunteering, learn more at www.nbpshelter.org/volunteer and attend our next orientation at NB on Sunday, July 29 at 12:30 PM. Please reply to this email to register for the orientation.
Provide an evening meal or weekly snacks Get your family together or a group of friends and prepare a meal--an enjoyable time and very helpful! You can drop it off or serve yourself. If you don't have quite as much time, perhaps providing snacks fits you--again, the family can shop together as a way to reach out to others. To learn more or sign up, see www.nbpshelter.org/provide-a-meal.
Provide supplies You can also make a significant contribution by providing cleaning or laundry supplies. For more information and to see our Amazon Wish List, see www.nbpshelter.org/provide-supplies.
Donate financially Limited time, but want to donate financially? See www.nbpshelter.org/donate.
Again, an immense thank you to all of you who support NB, either regularly or occasionally; you are amazing and we are so thankful for each of you!
We wish you blessings for a great summer,
NBDC Volunteer Committee