WHO Newsletter | March 2020

Save the Date: Thomas Keesecker in Concert on Friday, March 27
7:30 p.m., at St. Paul Vancouver Lutheran Church
   **A freewill offering will be held
Thomas Keesecker will perform music from his best-selling “Quiet Series” piano collections in an hour-long program of piano music, congregational song and poetry.

Feelin’ the Love! Valentine’s Day had a bright start to the day for guests at St. Andrews, thanks to the Union Chapel Team. Jill created a fantastic valentine table of goodies and Robin made three pans of fresh homemade blueberry muffins.

Spotlight on Volunteers! We are extremely grateful to St. Joseph Catholic Church, who have been a super partner for 17 years. They always send their best, and one of our favorites at St. Andrew is Chef Nicole. She has a plan that rivals hotels. They also sent an awesome crew last
Saturday—with help from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Not a single one had ever before volunteered for a morning shift. But the place was spic and span, ready for Sunday Service by 8:15!!

Less than three weeks until we wrap our 17th Season! We want to give a special shout out to our partner, Share. Their case managers, overnight staff, laundry doers and more have worked their miracles for guests—and for the community at large.Each day, we are greeted with the news of housing arrangements, apartments, jobs, and other necessities that our guests are receiving. All who walk through our doors have been given a new lease on life, in large part to the tremendous efforts of the Share team—Thank you!

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WHO Newsletter | February 2020

Dedicated support truly makes a difference! Every season, our community steps up to serve, helping the most vulnerable members of our community. We’d like to highlight two long-standing groups:

  • Over a dozen years of dedication from Vancouver Church of Christ community. Diane, Beth, Billy and team make it a habit to give the St. Andrew building and our staff a reprieve. They come in and cull our cupboards, fridges, donation centers and put things to rights. Then they host taco nights, yummy donuts, and tons of love … and ask us to take the time off—thank you!
  • We are wrapping up 5 weeks of loyal service from the Members and Friends of the Vancouver Washington Stake. This group has supported us inside and out at both St. Andrew and St. Paul Vancouver. Cared for guests, painted, scrubbed and donated two seasons of non-perishable supplies covering 44 weeks of goods. Our hearts and souls are extremely grateful!

Loads of Laundry! We were blown away by the generosity of Kitty and Robert Ash of All Saints Episcopal Church spent an entire volunteer shift at a local coin laundry center washing bedding for the St. Andrew WHO. It was a multi-hour job. We thank them profusely for their abundant gift to our clients. As Jane Seidel commented on our FB post: “This is why WHO has worked for 17 years…we are lucky enough to have people like Kitty and Robert from communities like All Saints. Blessings abound!”

Support the WHO! Although we are a volunteer-driven program, WHO incurs expenses for utilities, groceries, volunteer training materials, and salariesfor professional case management staff. You can help with a tax-deductible donation to WHO. Just $28 meets our weekly costs for one guest. Gifts small or large truly make a difference. Click here to donate today!

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WHO Newsletter | January 2020

Look at that full sanctuary! Check out those kilts and bagpipes! Both bands had a great time! January 12 was the annual Winds and Strings Concert for WHO. The listening audience of 260 were deeply generous by collecting, through free will offering, $7,189—this is $589 more than last year.  As a WHO team, we cannot begin to express fully our supreme gratitude for your support of our efforts. Thank you to  everyone who attended—we all made a difference for those without homes.

Answering Our Call for Help! Our last-minute, emergency volunteer need at St. Andrew Lutheran was filled by the amazing women of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, with added assistance from SwiftSure Energy Services team members and Prairie High School ROTC mates. Food was generously supplied by Gary Stolarzyk of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Great people to help ring in 2020!

Holey Moley, Gifts All-Mighty!! Community elves were busy on our guests behalf during December. We received numerous care packages filled with delightful things like hand warmers, chapstick, personal hygiene items. Plus, stockings, gift boxes, gift bags and more. And, who knew Santa has a band? Then to top it off ESD 112 blessed us once again with essential “HUGS”—Hats, Underwear, Gloves & Scarves. Many thanks to everyone for their generosity!

Lifetime Achievers Club…At St. Andrew, our 1st December church was St. Joseph Catholic Church. They are part of the Lifetime Achievers Club at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Thank you for 17 seasons of unwavering support and help!

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WHO Newsletter | December 2019

Blessings in Abundance! St. Andrew Lutheran Church hosted the WHO guests for Thanksgiving Day—a chance for the guests to sleep in, start the day slowly, and hang in warm and dry. Blessed to have spent the day with awesome people doing preparation for the Thanksgiving feast. Our plethora of pie was really enjoyed and we are grateful to all the volunteers behind the scenes.

Extra thanks to Nicole Aldridge and the students and staff at the The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences for the beautiful centerpieces AND the hot chocolate & cider, AND the warm socks. Thank you so much for thinking of WHO and making a difference for our guests.

Donations Needed! Travel size toothpaste, men’s and women’s deodorant and razors. Thank you!

Many Thanks … Wrapping up our Season of Thanksgiving, both the St. Paul and St. Andrew WHO locations would like to thank the Ed and Dollie Lynch Foundation for their generous financial support. Our ability to support our houseless brothers and sisters couldn’t happen without these funds. And St. Andrew owes a huge THANK YOU to Share Orchards Staff for covering the family WHO for November in it’s
entirety and backing us up through December. It has saved our site!

More Gratitude … Goes to innovative Share Engagement Specialist. These are the case managers who work with the clients each night. They created a chore punch card for our guests. Once your card is full there is a reward. Brilliant!

Our partnership with Starbucks. The yummy snacks and meal trays really go along way to making our meals healthy and easy to take along. We’ve been blessed with this for three years running.

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WHO Newsletter | November 2019

Music Making a Difference for WHO Clients…

We are delighted to share that our ‘Go Make a Difference: A Multi-Cultural Evening of Music’ on November 8 at St. John the Evangelist raised a record-breaking $13,000. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated so generously during our free will offering.

Mark your calendar for our next benefit concert: Winds and Strings Concert
Sunday, January 11, 2020, Time TBD | St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 NE Gher Road. An evening of music and inspiration. No entrance fee—a free will offering will be held

Welcome to Rev. Cindy Muse who was installed as the fifth Senior Pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Pastor Cindy is excited be be in the Pacific Northwest and join the ministry of St. Andrew and the church members are grateful for the spiritual and leadership gifts she brings to the congregation.

Christmas came early this year! LDS Vancouver North Stake delivered an abundance of dry goods and food basics for the season and LDS Vancouver Stake provided cleaning supplies, hand warmers, bowls and more. We are gob-smacked grateful.

Wow, Oh Wow! We had a record turn-out for our annual WHO Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. We don’t know what was more fun, seeing all the guests eating or watching the crews work. We are eternally grateful to the 300+ guests who helped to raise $9,209!
Thank you St. Joseph Catholic, St. John the Evangelist, St. Andrew Lutheran and St. Paul Lutheran for hosting this event and all faith
communities and others who supported us with ticket sales

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