"In as much as you have done it to the least of these my brethren – you have done it unto me.” ~ Matthew 25:40
Serving Our Neighbors - or The SON Committee, as we like to call it, has taken as its 21st Century mission, the belief that we can only accomplish a little through our limited resources and efforts, but by partnering with others who also strive to make a difference in the world - we just might actually accomplish something bigger than ourselves, more fruitful, and hopefully, more lasting. - By partnering - we believe - we all can do so much more!
Westminster supports Family Promise, with time and food. Through Family Promise, a dozen host churches and approximately 20 support churches provide homeless families with transition shelter and meals as they await more permanent housing. Westminster partners with Spokane Friends Church every 12th week, hosting up to four families at a time.
Spokane Friends provides the space, while we prepare and serve most of the evening meals and serve as overnight hosts.
Women's Hearth is a subsidiary of Transitions. The Women's Hearth is a safe, welcoming community in downtown Spokane. Women's Hearthpromotes growth and well-being in body, mind, and spirit for women of diverse back- grounds. The Hearth fosters nurturing relationships, encourages self-determination, and advocates for change in systems that oppress women.
Odyssey Youth Center
Odyssey is an after-school program where GLBTQ youth can feel safe, get health counseling, academic tutoring, GED exam support, nutritious food, bus passes, and receive nurturing in family and school communication skills. It is also a place for them to receive encouragement in building a healthy self respect and to acquire leadership skills. Odyssey Youth Center is currently in the process of expanding its available programs and times of operation.
Meals on Wheels Spokane - Mid-City Concerns
Most of you also know that Westminster has a long history of support for Meals on Wheels’ food delivery project to seniors and shut-ins. What some of you may not know is that Mid-City Concernsalso hosts a Senior Center at 1222 W. 2nd Ave. where meals are prepared daily and some social activities are also provided.
Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program
We have set up a partnership with this organization to assist us so that we can disburse funds that we used to administer directly from our very own office. This work includes gas vouchers, emergency transportation to return home for those stranded in Spokane, plus medical prescriptions. Funds are given out for the specific purposes we have set forth. We are grateful to Catholic Charitiesfor working with us to fulfill this need.
Founded in 1985, Crosswalk is an emergency shelter, a school drop-out prevention program, and a group of lifesaving and life-changing programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. In an average year, Crosswalk serves more than 1,000 youth. Emergency shelter is available 365 days a year and all services are free and voluntary.