Our Redeemer’s helped start the Road2Housing (R2H) Program and was its first location. Many newly homeless people in our community are living in their vehicles on our streets; they are vulnerable, cramped, and may be less familiar with local resources than people who have been homeless longer. This program leverages the gifts of the City of Seattle and Compass Housing Alliance to allow people living in their cars to stay in our parking lot, use our bathroom and microwave and receive case management toward stable housing.
Currently, we are collecting gas and grocery gift cards for participants throughout the Road to Housing (R2H) Program. Cards may be given with your offering on Sunday mornings or mailed to the office. If you prefer to donate cash for us to purchase the cards, please mark “Road2Housing Cards” on your check or envelope.
The Bridge Care Center
We collect men’s and women’s clothing year round for the Bridge Care Center. The items we need most are blankets, socks, underwear, jeans, coats, sleeping bags and backpacks. Please deliver items to the big box in the Donation Corner of the narthex.
Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Ministry
Our Redeemer’s partners with other area churches as part of the Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Ministry. We volunteer to transport guests from downtown to one of two Ballard churches, provide meals and hospitality, launder bedding and host guests overnight. The most critical needs at this time are for volunteers to do laundry and host overnight (especially women). For more information, contact Rebecca Butler or Margaret Wetter.
Join us every Monday at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall, September through May, to make quilts that provide for warmth, privacy and shelter for people in need. These quilts are sent to people around the world through Lutheran World Relief. All are welcome and no sewing experience is needed! Fellowship, coffee and cookies follow. To learn more, contact Sharon Longaker.
Personal Care Kits and School Kits
Volunteers assemble health kits, life-saving hygiene items and school kits with the basic supplies children need to attend school. Twice a year, these kits are shipped to people in need all over the world. There are many ways you can help: purchase the items needed, help assemble the kits, donate money or assist with loading. To learn how you can help, contact Margaret Wetter or Sharon Longaker.
Free sleeping bags
Sleeping bags are given to those who need them during on Thanksgiving Day during our joyful community feast. With a spirit of thankfulness, we welcome everyone to our fellowship hall for great food and conversation. Sign up online in November and join us for this special celebration.
When a resident from the Men’s Program moves out, Compass Housing Alliance is able to help him with the transition of settling into a new home. We help assemble kits that include items like pots, linens, brooms, cleaning supplies, coffee makers and more.