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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 hosted the Rotating Shelter Program for the month of March 2021.
Update June 2021:
CFH Men’s Shop
Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) has opened a special room at the Emergency Shelter to allow the clients to select donated clothing. Right now it is open for 2 hours on Friday, but they hope to open it two more days of the week. The men really appreciate being able to pick out clothing and shoes.
They are in need of jeans, sweat pants, jogging pants, jackets, backpacks, new underwear, casual shirts, and athletic shoes. Please bring donations to the “CFH” basket near the elevator in the Narthex when the office is open (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.)
Contact Cheryl Jurrus for more information or to arrange a donation and get a receipt.
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.
Saint Andrew’s hosted the CFH Rotating Shelter Program for the month of March 2021.
Due to COVID-19, the men stayed at Saint Andrew’s 24/7. We were pleased to provide safe space during this time when many other resources are closed to them.
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.