Pastors from five Churches dedicated the New Bethlehem Family Day Center at a luncheon of sandwiches, including children’s artwork on paper bags with cookies. On November 16, 2016 Kirkland City Councilman Toby Nixon, dedicated the New Bethlehem Family Day Center…
As you know there are times in every person’s life where they need some help getting back on track. Charity from others, Faith in God, a place to warm up, get a shower, clean clothes and a meal or two helps some families that are experiencing homelessness with children on the Eastside.
Local Churches support the Family Center including Holy Family Parish, The Salt House Lutheran Church and St Louise Parish as well as the Cities of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. There will be opportunities for preparing dinners for up to 50 people. This is because the Kitchen facilities are only setup for heating the food and not preparing it. There is no heavy duty a Hood or commercial cooking equipment here.
This means that interested groups will need to sign up on a schedule each month to prepare and serve dinners and offer encouragement to the homeless families and children. This would be a great activity for teenagers. Andrea Ligget at Holy Family Parish primarily coordinates these dinners.
My thanks to the members of the Major Grants Committee for helping select this worthy charity. The BBRC donated $7,500 of which $7,500 was matched for a total of $15,000. This money was used to purchase appliances.
We have selected a $7,500 grant for the New Bethlehem Family Day Center which is a remodel of a old Lutheran Church called Salt house (in the basement) across the street from the Lake Washington High School. This will provide a day center for Homeless Families to be able to meet and get a warm meal, take showers, wash their clothes and to use computers to find work. They are planning on having case management with counseling and mentor-ship to transition back to long term housing.