St. Stephen’s is active in Community Service!
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 826
St. Stephen’s parishioners continued to reach beyond our doors to serve our neighbors in need through several key ministries.
The Outreach Group teams with the Sunday School for ongoing food drives year-round. Red collection bins are in each Narthex year-round. The Winter/Spring Food Drive resulted in a whopping 3428 pounds for the University District Food Bank and the Summer/Fall Drive to benefit North Helpline and its Lake City Food Bank donations of 687 pounds. And again, at Christmas St Stephen’s donated 130 pounds of food to Northwest Harvest, primarily from collections at Christmas services.
Operation Nightwatch reduces the impact of poverty and homelessness, in keeping with Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbors.
Street Ministry – Ordained priests, ministers, and religious workers who participate in our street ministry walk the streets of Seattle during the evenings, visiting bars, shelters, and neighborhood gathering places.
Dispatch Center – Operation Nightwatch operates a Dispatch Center open every night of the year. We serve a meal and locate available shelter for the night, serving between 120 and 190 homeless people 365 nights of the year.
After local shelters have closed their doors for the night, Operation Nightwatch performs a critical service, by making calls to area shelters to locate any potential space available. Our clients are placed at shelters that report open space and are given a bus ticket to get there. In addition to filling up shelters, Operation Nightwatch funds space for 108 men at off-site locations.
Food Program – Every night at our Dispatch Center we provide a meal for our homeless clients.
Food is supplied by Nightwatch supporters, volunteer groups, local churches, Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, Dick’s Drive-Ins, Starbucks, and community groups, such as Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.
Senior Housing – Operation Nightwatch manages an apartment building for 24 low-income seniors. Many of our apartment residents have special needs.
- Tooth brushes & toothpaste (small sized)
- Knit hats
- Work Gloves
- Tissue packets (small, please)
- Paper plates
- Plastic forks
- 8 oz. cups
- Paper napkins
- Sandwich bags
- 33 and 45 gallon garbage and yard waste bags
- Toilet paper
- Camping gear
Visit Operation Nightwatch website for more information.
Supporting the University District Food Bank
We’re collecting food in June, July & August. Bring in the following and leave them in the red bins in the church & chapel entryways.
- Canned Fruits and Vegetables (pop top cans and small serving sizes appreciated)
- Canned Protein Items (tuna, stew, chili, peanut butter)
- Canned Milk/Soy Milk/Rice Milk
- Vegetarian Items (canned and dried beans, soups, chili)
- Canned Soup
- Pasta and Rice
- Baby Food, Formula and Supplies (diapers, wipes)
- Bar Soap
- Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
- Toilet Paper
- Pet Food
- Paper and Plastic Grocery Bags
Mary’s Place operates shelters and assistance programs for women, men and families throughout the greater Seattle area. In 2016, St. Stephen’s parishioners provided some fifty gifts, gift cards and money donations to purchase shoes and other necessities for those helped by Mary’s Place programs. Our gifts and donations will be added to those of others in the region to help provide Christmas cheer and blessings to over 3000 people at Mary’s Place’s holiday celebrations during Christmas Week.
For more information visit Mary’s Place website
University Churches Emergency Fund
Providing emergency help to poor and homeless
Since 1986, United Churches Emergency Fund (UCEF) has devoted its energy to passionately advocate for the prevention of homelessness in North East Seattle. UCEF was created to provide information, referral and financial assistance to people in need residing in Northeast Seattle and to the homeless, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.
The following items are needed on an ongoing basis.
Toiletries for homeless should be travel size; all items should be new, not used.
- Dental floss
- Hair conditioner
- Hand lotion
For more information visit their website
Sand Point Community Housing
Our Sand Point Housing campus provides transitional housing, affordable permanent housing, and onsite support services for formerly homeless families and individuals. The stunning campus, located in Seattle’s Magnuson Park near Lake Washington, is on land that was surplussed by the U.S. Navy. It includes historic renovated buildings and new construction totaling 175 town homes and apartments.
Since 1999, more than 3,000 people have stayed at Sand Point Housing in their journey from homelessness to stability. Today, nearly 500 people (including almost 250 children and youth) live in a thriving community with onsite support services at Sand Point.
The Sand Point Housing Campus includes…
- Brettler Family Place
- Sand Point Family Housing
- Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney Place
- Santos Place
- Three groups homes operated by Friends of Youth and YouthCare
- Pillow cases
For more information visit the Solid-Ground website
Serving homeless teens a delicious dinner
Teen Feed is part of University Street Ministries.
Church members plan, purchase, prepare and serve an evening meal the first Monday of every other month to 40-60 homeless youth at University Lutheran Church. 2016 was our 19th year of participation in this program.
A team of 3-5 volunteers makes a meal of baked garlic chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, vegan soup and brownies. A 2nd team of 4-6 serves an average of 50 teens and cleans up.
About 3 hours a month.
First Monday of each month:
4:00-6:30 PM (Cooking)
6:30-8:30 PM (Serving)
University Lutheran Church, NE 50th & 16th NE.
Elizabeth Gregory Home
Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a day center and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care.
- Winter/Rain Coats
- Sweat Tops and Pants (larger sizes to XXXL)
- Umbrellas/Rain Poncho’s
- Feminine hygiene items
- Full size shampoo & conditioner
- Poise pads or Depends (large size)
- Underwear (larger sizes are greatly appreciated)
Visit the Elizabeth Gregory Home for more information.
Chaplains on the Harbor
Chaplains on the Harbor is a ministry of presence in Grays Harbor County, Washington, a developing worshiping congregation, and a faith-based center for rural leadership development in the movement to end poverty. We seek to affirm the dignity and worth of people living in Grays Harbor and to seek for a better life for a community struggling with deep poverty. We open in two locations as a community center, we host a popular education program called The School of Hard Knocks, we offer support to homeless encampments around the county, and we do regular jail ministry.
- Hot Chocolate
- Canned goods for emergency needs
- Dog and cat food
- Snack packs
- Hygiene items (especially soap, shampoo, toothpaste, condoms)
- Sleeping bags
- Winter coats
- Rain jackets
- Winter gloves and hats
- Camping gear (misc.)
- Young Adult t-shirts and hoodies
- Jeans and work pants (both men and women)
- Work Boots
- Rain Boots/Rubber Boots
- Socks (women’s and men’s, all sizes)
- Underwear (women’s and men’s, all sizes)
- Young adult clothing (women’s and men’s)
- jeans, jackets, hoodies, shoes, work wear (i.e. Carhartt-style)
For more information visit Chaplains on the Harbor website.