WHO Newsletter | February 2018

WHO Teens Rock!! This season has blessed us with an abundance of outstanding teen volunteers. Some come with youth groups, others with parents, still others come solo. Everyone of them has rolled up their sleeves and jumped in. They sort piles of bedding laundry, play games with younger guests, make lunches, set out clothing, hold donation drives, lay out the mats, serve meals—and always with a smile.
We appreciate them and so do our residents. One particular night, we had a hard time getting our elementary school-aged boys to bed. All they wanted to do was follow the cool teen guys around. The younger’s even waited to wave good-bye to biggin’s as they ended their shift.

Is this not the cutest picture? (Pictured above or click PDF link below) St. Andrew Preschool & Kindergarten held a sock drive. Their principal shared that “the students donated 952 pairs of underwear and socks to Orchards Elementary and Evergreen Family and Community Resource Center. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Preschool & Kindergarten are faith partners with Orchards Elementary School.” Lucky WHO gets to help with this. Giving is just the best!

Partnerships are the best!
At the end of January, we began our Starbucks donation program. Every other day we collect healthy, unsold, perishable food from the Starbucks near St. Andrew Lutheran Church—we pass along the goodies to our guests. Thank you to Starbucks and their FoodShare program and to Food Donation Connection* for bringing us together.
* Since 1992, Food Donation Collection has assisted food service companies with the development and implementation of Harvest Programs designed to provide an alternative to discarding surplus food. Learn more:
Willamette Dental Group showered us with three boxes of oral hygiene supplies for our guests. Everything all in easily transportable, reusable bags. Love this!

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WHO Newsletter | January 2018

Our team wanted to share one final beautiful story from 2017. We hope it will touch you as much as it touched us.

A Father’s Gift | Written by Amy Campbell, WHO Supporter
“Last Christmas my dad gave me and my sister each $200 ‘to give to the needy.’ His thinking was that he wanted to give us something that would bring us genuine joy, as giving to others always brought him joy. My dad died in August and I decided that I wanted to donate my $200 to WHO. I also decided to donate another $200 in my father’s honor. I hope to make this a lifetime tradition in my family to honor his memory. Thank you for all you do for the homeless in our community. It isn’t much, but it brings me joy to give it to you to help the needy. My dad was right. Giving is good.”

There are a million ways to give. We are honored that Amy and her dad chose us. Happy 2018!

December Flew By! Like stars from heaven, so many lives shined  for WHO this season.
St. Paul Lutheran was blessed by Good Shepherd Community Church, Zion Lutheran Church Camas ELCA, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Chris Hiller & Friends and Family of Christ Lutheran Church. St. Andrew Lutheran was blessed by All Saints Episcopal Church, Bethel  Lutheran Church, Family of Christ Lutheran Church, LDS congregations of  Evergreen, Cascade Park, McLoughlin, Mtn. View and Evergreen Bible Church. An extra Special Shout Out to Congregation Kol Ami, Evergreen Bible Church, and individual volunteers who worked round the clock on Christmas Day. It’s was a Happy December!

Local photographer Ken Powell and his ‘glam squad’ showered guests at the St. Andrew WHO with delight and dignity, pampering them with Family Photo Christmas Cards.He donated his time and skill, the pictures, envelopes and postage. As the evening caseworker, Kris said, “Guests were profusely happy.” Thank you Mr. Powell—these will be treasured!

Special Thanks…

  • Santa’s Elves were very busy creating gift packets for all of the guests at the St. Andrew WHO. Don’t they look fun? Many thanks to the Danielle Garner Family.
  • H.U.G.S. from ESD 112, who delivered 7 bags of Hats|Underwear|Gloves|Socks from their donation collection—thus the acronym. Thanks to Lisa and Crew. Many happy feet, hands and heads!

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WHO Newsletter | December 2017

The November numbers have been tallied. With mixed sorrow and joy, we find an 30% increase in the number of children and youth seeking shelter at WHO. It is a sorrow because children deserve homes. It is a joy because we offered them some respite from the streets. These are the heart tugging issues of WHO service. You can help! Volunteer your time, donate needed items or make a financial contribution today at

At the WHO at St. Andrew, the right volunteer for the job always seems to show up at the right time. On one day, two high school students from Camas High School arrived early to put together a light supper, which was ready as people started arriving. The next volunteer to show up was Frank, who just happened to have a van to pick up all the clean laundry. And when he came back, there just happened to be 12 Boy Scouts to carry in all the heavy bags. Just then, a mother-daughter team arrived to assist guests and complete the fire checks. And, almost forgot, the Boys Scouts donated a bucket of socks—so the man who asked for a clean pair was blessed! Someone must watch over this place and it’s a thrill to have a front row seat to so much love in action.

WHO exists because of many gifts. Hearts, hands, donations, volunteers and more. Another vital gift we receive is funds. We want to sincerely thank: Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool, First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, FPC Vancouver, Knights of Columbus, Messiah Lutheran Church and Preschool, Mill Plain United Methodist Church, St Joseph Catholic School, Trinity Lutheran Church – Vancouver, Washington. Additional donations have been received through individual donations. Thank you M.S. and J.B., as well as local business SwiftSure Energy Services. Thank you one and all. Without you we couldn’t keep the lights (the heat, the water) on without you.

Tales from the Front Lines Part 1—The WHO is 15 years old this season. We have had some many amazing experiences. Follow us on Facebook, where, over the next few months, we will try to share some with you. Here is one from St. Paul’s: 15 years ago, the men of WHO at St. Paul ate, lived and slept in the same space each night. They had no showers, just a bathroom sink. As the years progressed, the floor in the church expanded, a small kitchen was added and, eventually, showers were installed. This year, through the donations of others, the men now have a small room in which to rest. Someone donated a foosball table. Another a television. And then a small keyboard, as a volunteer had heard that one of the guests was a pianist. For men on the street, who have dreams of living a more fulfilling life, this space is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who made this room possible.

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WHO Newsletter | November 2017

Best News: Two of our guests from St. Paul men’s WHO found new permanent homes. Congratulations to each of them. May it last forever!

St. Paul opened a week later than scheduled. But when they opened, they opened! J With donations of pillows from Mtn. View LDS. Blankets from Mary Logan Mendoza. And others! The men also arrived to a personal gift bag, fresh bedding, and safety from the cold and rain. The fantastic bags were contributed by Christi Lail, Council for the Homeless and Share of Vancouver; each bag held a personalized blanket for each guest to enjoy as they began their stay at St. Paul. Thank you everyone, especially Joy Gault, Geri Hiller and Friends. Here’s to a successful new season!

Thank you to the Soup Makers at Quarry Retirement Center. Each Monday, as part of their activities, they make a large pot of soup. They have not missed a Monday in years. The soup is then transported by their bus to St Paul. We and our guests are blessed by these generous acts. Thank you Quarry.

Host a Drive to Support WHO!
We are so grateful to the many organizations who have already donated items. However it’s just the start of this vital program, so please continue to support WHO. Our current high needs include: paper towels, Windex, disnfectant wipes, freezer bags [gallon size], sandwich bags, rain ponchos, laundry soap (pods), hot cider mix, hot drink cups, paper bowls and Swiffer cloths.

We are grateful to the creative and generous team from Washington DSHS who brought 26 fantastic care bags for kids on Nov. 9. Equal amounts for boys and girls. Each pack had a hat, mittens, blanket, hand warmers, Chapstick, water bottles, Kleenex, activity book, crayons/markers, granola bar. Thank you so much!

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