May 2018 update
A warm hello to donors, volunteers and other supporters,
Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference for homeless families with children. We have now entered the third year since King County declared a state of emergency for the homeless. The annual count by the County of those homeless in January again showed an increase over the prior year and a significant 22% of the total were families with children. On a positive note, the head count of families with children decreased from the prior year. We expect New Bethlehem, through your efforts, was part of the reason for this decrease by assisting our guests to locate housing. Also, we are well positioned to continue to help with our 24/7 permanent shelter in the near future.
May continued a trend some may not realize: there is significant coming and going at NBDC. That is, guests we know well, perhaps for several weeks, move on as they locate better circumstances with shelter and jobs--often with our staff's assistance. New guests find us and start the process anew. This is very different from many homeless day shelters who have a majority of their head count being the same people for months. This success is a credit to the vision of NBDC organizers as well as the work of current staff, volunteers and donors. From your volunteer committee as well as our guests--thank you, you are making a huge difference!
The Day Center is a busy place. We are now averaging 200-250 loads of laundry and 300-400 showers per month. Additionally we provide a full meal every evening and an informal meal/snack every afternoon, seven days a week. Since the Day Center opened in November, 2016, 563 individuals (313 children) have been served and 76 families have secured more stable housing. This is really exciting and such an honor to help each person.
Mother's Day was very special at the Day Center. Ten of our mothers were pampered with hair styling, nails, gift bags, yummy treats and family portraits. The portraits were beautiful and many of our families were thrilled to have and send them to grandparents and friends. It was a very successful day and everyone seemed to enjoy it--including our moms, their families, and the many volunteers that stepped up to make it happen. Again, many thanks!
Program Manager Position Filled
CCS (Catholic Community Services) recently announced the hiring of Amber North as the new Program Manager for New Bethlehem Day Center. Amber brings over 10 years of relevant education and experience to this position. She has served in formational leadership roles, both in program design and development as well as management, for several different non-profit organizations in the Northwest, Midwest and East Coast of the US. Amber has a graduate background in philosophy and theology, and prior to coming to New Bethlehem, she spent several years in interfaith ministry as a lay chaplain and spiritual director for persons walking through vulnerable transitions in South Boston.
As Case Manager of NBDC, she has enjoyed bringing this perspective to the creation of our space and helped families move from homelessness to more secure housing. Amber believes deeply in the mission of New Bethlehem and is continually humbled by the community it has led to: from the resilient and inspiring families that come through the doors every day, to the genuine and important service hearts of our volunteers, donors, and neighborhood.
CCS was very happy to secure Amber for this position and those of us who have worked with her share that same feeling.
Opening of Case Manager Position
With Amber North moving to Program Manager, the Case Manager position is now open at NBDC. CCS is actively looking for appropriate applicants. If you are interested in this position or know someone who could be, more information can be found at: https://careers-ccsww.icims.com/jobs/3079/family-case-manager/job.
New Bethlehem Project:
The Eastside CARES campaign to build the permanent, year-round shelter is going well with $890,000 raised of the $1 million goal! This campaign is truly a community wide project and we've had gifts big and small from young and old. Here is a note from our most recent 8 year old donor!
Do you know of a community group or individual who would like to learn more about NBP? Please email or call Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-709-7490.
Opportunities to Contribute
Many ways exist for you to make a valuable contribution:
- Make a financial donation: Always needed! See www.nbpshelter.org/donate.
- Volunteer at the Day Center: Many 2-2.5 hour slots are available, from 1:30-8:30 PM, 7 days weekly. You can help in the dining room, family room, drive the NBDC van, work on the cleaning crew, or share a craft with guests just to name a few. If new, learn more at www.nbpshelter.org/volunteer and attend our next orientation at the Day Center on Sunday, June 24 at 12:30 PM. Register here for the orientation.
- Provide a meal or snacks: Our guests so appreciate the quality of food that is served; a huge thank you to providers! If you would like to learn more or sign up, see www.nbpshelter.org/provide-a-meal.
- Provide supplies: Laundry and cleaning supplies are needed weekly to maintain operations. If you can help with this or would like to see our Amazon Wish List, go to www.nbpshelter.org/provide-supplies.
We cannot thank enough those who have assisted us, many regularly, in the foregoing ways in our 1 1/2 years of operations. A HEART FELT THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU -- New Bethlehem would not exist without you.
Blessings, NBDC Volunteer Committee