Greetings to donors, volunteers, and other supporters,
Your February update follows:
Guest count averaged 21 in February and everyone appreciated getting out of the cold. To volunteers, donors and staff---THANK YOU!
Three families moved to transitional or permanent housing and two additional families moved from Hopelink transitional housing into permanent housing. Further, after tireless advocacy by Amber North, NBDC case manager, a single mother and her daughter were able to move out of their car into their own apartment. Speaking about NBDC, our guest stated, "I didn't have any expectations when we first starting coming to NBDC, we simply came for showers and laundry. I started speaking with Ms. Amber, and what began as a rough journey instantly became brighter following our conversation." These are major life changes for our guests and we share their excitement!
NBDC's own girl scouts will be selling cookies on Thursday, March 15 from 4:30-5:15 in front of Salt House Church. Stop by if you can; the cookies are wonderful!
For those who do not know her, Natalia Pierson is one of two full time staff provided by Catholic Community Services (CCS) for NBDC. As Program Manager, she is responsible for coordinating daily operations. Natalia has a master's degree in social work from Texas State University and 11 years experience in the field prior to joining NBDC, which included over 8 years with CCS in Everett, working both in adult mental health and foster care licensing. In response to what she likes best of NBDC, she said "firstly, it is an honor to be able to offer a welcoming space to people often forgotten and secondly, I love that we offer nourishment for all at an open table." Natalia takes time to connect with guests daily and they greatly appreciate her skills, compassion and fun loving personality. We are immensely blessed to have her!
New Bethlehem Project
The Eastside CARES campaign to build a permanent emergency shelter has officially launched! This project is truly a collaboration between the City of Kirkland, The Sophia Way, and the New Bethlehem Project. Have you seen the campaign's new brochure? Click here to see how much the shelter is going to cost, a rendering of the new building and how this new shelter will centralize resources for the families experiencing homelessness.
Many of you may know that NBP is responsible for raising $1 Million from supporters in the community. We're excited to announce that $372,000 has already been raised! Donations can be made by visiting nbpshelter.org. Questions about the campaign can be sent to Rebecca Nightingale at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 734-709-7490.
How you can help
Van Driver // There is a great need for those willing to drive the program van from NBDC to the Overnight Shelter (now in Bellevue.) It will leave NBDC no more than twice nightly, at 7:15 and 8:15PM. You don't have to do this every week nor do you have to do 2 shifts per night. If you can help out with a shift periodically, give it a try one night. You will be immensely appreciated by our guests. Drivers must be an approved volunteer (completed background check, application and orientation.) In addition, drivers must submit copies of insurance, driver license and driver abstract. If you would like to learn more, email Natalia Pierson with NBDC at email@example.com.
On Site Volunteers // All of us have needed help at one time or another. If you would like to serve someone now in need, join us in daily operations. See nbpshelter.org for options. Find out more at our next orientation on Sunday, March 25 at 12:30PM at NBDC. Please reply to this email to get signed up or find out more.
New Bethlehem Project Website
Meals or snacks // Providing meals or snacks is another way to bless our guests. If you want to sign up or just learn more, click this link -- NBDC Meals and Snacks
Supplies // We use lots of non food supplies, especially for laundry and personal hygiene. Needs change weekly; please click this link (signup.com) if you'd like to help.
THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL WHO HELP IN SO MANY WAYS! For those who have not been able to join in, we encourage you to help us in meeting a significant community need--and enjoy doing so! Click here - NBDC Supplies
- NBDC Volunteer Committee