April 2018 update
April was again a busy month. Guest count averaged 22 with Sundays usually the most activity. Because we serve families, it is normal to have children all ages daily; so there is always bustle with laughing, playing and spending time with friends. In the midst of this, some are doing homework. It is a wonderful sight to see!
We are sad to report Natalia Pierson's last day was April 30. As Program Manager, she played a key part of daily operations. Natalia accepted a position in foster care in Everett with Catholic Community Services. She will be immensely missed, but we all wish her the best in her new endeavor.
Profile of a volunteer group from St. Louise Parish (written by a member)
"Donating and serving a meal to feed the families at the Day Shelter can be easier than one might think, and brings its own rewards to the volunteers who prepare and provide the food. After working on a retreat together, our team of women wanted to continue our friendship and fellowship through serving others in our community. We decided to provide a meal to the Day Shelter one Friday a month.
We found a system that works for our busy lives. We meet once a month and quickly plan the meal: main dish, sides, fruit, beverage, and dessert--an organized pot luck. Each woman signs up for what she can provide that month. We rotate and share responsibilities when others are out of town or extra busy with work or family. We meet at the shelter on 'our' Friday afternoon around 5 PM after preparing the food in our homes. Serving the meal, eating and talking with guest families, and being together as a team brings us closer to each other and our community, and much joy."
Obviously this group is immensely appreciated. Perhaps this gives you an idea to do something similar; see last section to find out more.
New Bethlehem Project
The Eastside CARES campaign to build a permanent shelter is going well and we have raised just over $750,000 of the $1 million goal. Your generosity is making all the difference and we can't thank you enough for your ongoing support of the NBP and the campaign. If you haven't had a chance to donate and would like to, here is a neat opportunity:
New Bethlehem Project is excited to participate in this year's GiveBIG one-day online giving event. The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign is a one-day online giving event that NBP/Catholic Community Services will be participating in again this year. This will be the 9th and final year. The Seattle Foundation is hosting this event. Please share with your friends and family about this exciting day of giving.
To donate to the campaign through GiveBIG go to: https://www.givebigseattle.org/ccsww. To designate your donation to the permanent shelter campaign, note "Eastside CARES" in the comments box on the online form.
The Seattle Foundation is offering the opportunity for donors to "schedule" their GiveBIG gifts ahead of May 9th. Starting April 26th donors can access the GiveBIG donation forms and schedule a gift to be processed on May 9th. One last note about this event: in past years the Seattle Foundation has offered a small matching program for donations made on the day of GiveBIG. There is no match this year but it is still an excellent way to rally around philanthropic giving in the Puget Sound area! However, if your employer offers matching gifts, your donation through GiveBIG CAN be matched through your employer. Questions? Contact Rebecca Nightingale at email@example.com or 734-709-7490.
Take a look at the proposed floor plan for the first floor of the new shelter! We can't wait to see it all come together!
Salt House Church
Salt House Church, which houses the Day Center, is hosting their semi-annual Neighborhood Forum on Monday, May 21 at 7 PM and they look forward to having you join in for an update to the neighbors about the Day Center, permanent shelter progress, and Eastside CARES campaign. On a separate note, Salt House also signed the parcel sale transaction for the permanent shelter. This is a major milestone!
Particularly with Natalia leaving (as well as Renard, a part time staff,) remaining staff will be stretched thin for a while. Volunteer help, especially on nights and weekends, as well as providing meals will be especially important. Can you help during this transition period?
Volunteer in daily operations There are many options 7 days weekly to fit in your schedule. Learn more at www.nbpshelter.org/volunteer. If interested, attend the next orientation at the Day Center on Sunday, May 27 at 12:30. Register here for orientation.
Provide meals, snacks or supplies All three of these items are needed every week at the Day Center. More information and sign ups are at www.nbpshelter.org/provide-a-meal.
Drive the NBDC Van Thank you to those who have volunteered to help out with this, but it does remain a need for the Day Center. It involves driving once or twice a night to take guests from the Day Center to the Overnight Shelter in Bellevue. It takes less than an hour round trip and it is greatly appreciated by guests. Drivers need to become approved volunteers (orientation, background check, application) and submit copies of insurance, driver license and driver abstract. Once qualified, drivers can sign up for as many or as few trips as desired. If interested in learning more, simply reply to this mailing.
A huge thank you to all who assisted in so many ways in April. If you are interested, but have not participated as yet, we are always excited to meet and help new supporters. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.