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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 also hosted the Rotating Shelter Program for the month of March 2020.
Saint Andrew’s hosted the CFH Rotating Shelter Program for the month of March 2020.
A team of Saint Andrew’s congregation Liaisons and volunteers helped to oversee and coordinate hosting the program. Council members served as key contacts and advisers to the Saint Andrew’s liaisons.
Volunteers served as site hosts each evening, shopped for food and supplies, prepared breakfast and lunch items, checked in each morning, and more.
Read more about what the host congregation does:CFH Host Congregation Description
Please contact Council Vice President Carolynn Ferris with questions.
Due to COVID-19, the men stayed at Saint Andrew’s 24/7 through June 30, 2020. We were pleased to provide space during a time when many other daytime resources were closed to them.
CFH has secured another congregation to provide meals for the rotating shelter program this year. Saint Andrew’s plans to resume providing meals again in 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.
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.