Practicing Radical Hospitality and Risk-Taking Mission and Service
We cultivate lives transformed through care for each other that builds health and wholeness, and service in the world, individually and collectively, that demonstrates Christ’s love.
Loose Coin Offerings
Each Sunday all loose coin from the collection goes to a special mission project. Our congregation offers support for our own mission projects as well needs of the community.
Loose Coin for March
2017 to support Good Neighbor Center
Neighbor Center is more than a place for families
to sleep and eat, it is a place where families are transformed and become
self-sufficient once more.
When families arrive, they are asked to do an
assessment of where they are and what the barriers are to long-term stability.
A Case Manager works with each family where they are and the family identifies
where they want to be and a work plan is created to help them get on the track
to become self-sufficient. Although each family is homeless, they are all
Weekly check-ins and assignments help families navigate the
resources to assistance and finding jobs.
their six-week stay at the shelter, all clients are assigned household chores
and must attend mandatory meetings. Life Skills, HealthyRelationships and Rent Well Classes are all
taught weekly and any resident who is in shelter during the day must attend. Children
must attend school and our Student Advocate runs a program in the afternoon
called "Homework Club". Kids study and complete
homework and also play various games and activities.
the summer, the Children’s Program offers an 10 week long summer school for
school age children. The group spends mornings in the classroom, and is then
transported to a park, the movies, or on a field trip. The field trips are to
places like OMSI, the Oregon Zoo, Japanese
Gardens, Sherwood Ice
Arena, Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge, various museums, as well as to the King
City Civic Association, who allow our children to use their outdoor pool every
The summer school program provides homeless and low income children in
the community an opportunity to interact with peers, volunteers, and members of
the community in a caring and a stress-free environment. The goal of the summer
school program is that each student remains at grade level over break. For many
children, the extra attention and the fun of learning with their peers, helps
jump start them for the school year.
clients who have moved out of shelter into housing, staff support
families in their effort to maintain stable housing, increase household income
and reduce the need for public assistance. For instance, the Housing
Stabilization Program leverages rent subsidies in partnership with Washington
County Department of Housing.
They also place families into the federal
Shelter Plus Care housing program. Some clients receive weekly or monthly
case management and many receive food boxes, clothing, school supplies, and
money for the occasional prescription or utility bill to help families move
year the Good Neighbor Center serves between 75-95 families consisting of 250-300 individuals.