There is no doubt that this congregation has a heart for people struggling to stay in housing, and for people living unsheltered in our city. In all of the ways we respond, two particular ministries can use our prayers and support in the coming months.
The first is the University Congregational Housing Association, or UCHA. After decades of faithful work they decided last Fall they could no longer manage the properties they have, and are in the process of making decisions for the future.
The McGrath House, for young adults aging out of foster care, is being gifted to the YMCA.
The West Seattle House is being gifted to the agency working with the residents there who are living with significant mental illness.
Decisions are still being made for Sortun Court (family housing) and the Boat House (a gift from beloved member Mary Hooker).
The Lin House, home for three people who are clients of The Community Psychiatric Center, was donated to our church about thirty years ago and belongs to the church. The Love and Justice Outreach Committee is currently considering next steps with this property which are being explored by a task force. They will pass on their recommendation to Church Council, which will bring their recommendation to the congregation.
Watch for further updates. In the Fall we will have a celebration of UCHA’s long faithfulness.
Homeless Encampment Action Team
As all of that is happening, another group is gearing up to help this congregation live out its call. The Homeless Encampment Action Team is helping us prepare to host Tent City 3 in our parking lot for three months, beginning May 17. Watch for ways you can get involved.
And say a prayer tonight for those who are living in vulnerable and unsheltered situations, and need to know that somebody cares.