Congregation Liaison: Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee

Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) is an organization whose mission is to end homelessness on the Eastside by helping men make the transition from life on the street to stable, independent living.

CFH operates a year-round rotating shelter program; comprehensive case management and life coaching for the men served; an emergency shelter that is an overnight refuge and can connect clients to needed resources; a day center that provides men with meals, showers, laundry facilities, computers, clothing, bus tickets, and hygiene products; and a subsidized housing program to help men transition to independent living.

The administrative offices of CFH were at Saint Andrew’s for ten years. They are now located at Lincoln Center in Bellevue.

Saint Andrew’s supports CFH with budgeted funds, collection of clothing and toiletries, and by providing meals for the men in the year-round rotating shelter for two weeks each October. We will host the Rotating Shelter Program for the month of March 2021.

 Congregations for the Homeless Rotating Shelter Program

Saint Andrew’s will host the CFH Rotating Shelter Program for the month of March 2021. 

Due to COVID-19, the men will stay at Saint Andrew’s 24/7. We are pleased to provide safe space during this time when many other resources are closed to them.

Saint Andrew’s is responsible for providing breakfasts and supplies.
Volunteers are needed to shop and deliver perishable items like milk, frozen OJ, bagels, butter, and fresh fruit every two days. You will be contacted the day before with the list of items needed. Then just drop the items off at church. Contact Nancy R. Davis if you can help.
We are also collecting funds to provide each client with a new pair of athletic shoes. Contact Carolynn Ferris to help with this effort.
You are needed and appreciated – thank you!

A team of Saint Andrew’s congregation Liaisons and volunteers help to oversee and coordinate hosting the program. Council members serve as key contacts and advisers to the Saint Andrew’s liaisons.

Read more about what the host congregation normally does:

CFH Host Congregation Description

Please contact Council Vice President Carolynn Ferris with questions.

 

 

  • Provide Meals - October 2020

    October 2021
    Dinners are served at 7:15 pm

    THANK YOU  to all who provided meals in October 2019.

    For two weeks in October, Saint Andrew’s Lutheran provides the dinner meals for 35 men hosted at a local church through the Congregations for the Homeless program. We can again share our comfort by walking with the Congregations for the Homeless men’s program, as our witness of God’s Love.

    Volunteers cook and prepare the dinner meals, and then deliver and serve the meals.
    Meals should be delivered at 6:30 pm, and serving begins at 7:15 pm.
    Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join in the meals with the men.

    This is a wonderful outreach opportunity for individuals, small groups, families and friends!

    For more information or questions please contact the church office.

  • Collections

    CFH is in need of re-usable water bottles, toiletries (especially toothbrushes and toothpaste), jeans, belts, new underwear, t-shirts, light jackets, sweatshirts, fleece jackets, socks, athletic shoes, casual pants and shirts, towels for showers, sweat pants, and sleeping bags.
    Bring donations to the “CFH” basket near the elevator in the Narthex.