Greetings New Bethlehem supporters,
Your March update follows:
"It is everything I need in a clean place and it is inside from the wet and cold." "I appreciate being able to use the laundry and showers in a safe place for my kids and the staff is always very helpful." These are recent comments about NBDC from two young mothers--we are SO GRATEFUL we can meet their needs. Thank you to each of you who help....
At the request of her Dad, we also hosted a surprise birthday party for a 12 year old girl--we love to celebrate special events with our guests!
The cookie sale of the NBDC girl scouts was an astounding success as over 1000 boxes were sold in one hour! A huge thank you to all supporters who made the girls beyond happy.
NBDC is now open 7 days weekly with the addition of regular hours on Saturday. This has been welcomed by our guests and creates more weekend volunteer opportunities.
New Bethlehem Project
The campaign to build a permanent 24/7 shelter is well underway! We are excited to announce that $562,000 has been raised toward our $1 million goal. Hopefully you received an email in March with additional campaign updates and an opportunity to donate to this cause. You, more than anyone, see the impact the Day Center is making on peoples' lives and how a permanent shelter with centralized resources will make it even easier for families to find their pathway out of homelessness. Donations can be made online at www.nbpshelter.org or mail checks to:
Catholic Community Services
Attn: Eastside CARES
100 23rd Ave SE
Seattle, WA 98114
Thank you for your support!
Help at Day Center
Volunteer in daily operations (now including Saturday.) See options at www.nbpshelter.org/volunteer. Learn more at the next orientation held at NBDC: Sunday, April 29 at 12:30. Please reply to this email to register for the orientation. Lastly, the sign up for regular volunteers for April-June is now available online.
Provide meals, snacks or supplies These items are another lifeline of NBDC. Currently there are numerous dinners needed for April. Can you help? See information and sign up at www.nbpshelter.org/volunteer.
Drive the NBDC van Can you spare part of an evening or do you know a church, fraternal or social group that may want to help by driving the van from NBDC to the Overnight Shelter in Bellevue? Drivers must be approved volunteers (background check, application and orientation) and submit copies of insurance, driver license and driver abstract. Like to learn more? Email Natalia Pierson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor a child for summer camp
You can brighten the days of an NBDC child by providing sponsorship to a summer camp. If interested contact Natalia Pierson at email@example.com.
Help at a Summer Camp
Earth Care Day Camp in Seattle serves children 6-10 who are experiencing homelessness or low income. Provided by The Garden Mission Start, a newer faith community, this year it will be June 25-29. If you would like information or to help (even for a day,) contact Kari Lipke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to those who support us--everyone from those who donate monetarily to those providing meals, snacks and supplies to daily volunteers and the weekly cleaning crew--as well as the CCS staff! Together we can meet needs and show concern for those who now need a bit of help.
Blessings, NBDC Volunteer Committee