Organizations We Support
Feeding the Hungry
The numbers of people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity continue to increase, and we are humbled by the response of our Congregation and neighbors. Did you know 25% of Shoreline residents are food insecure? Each Tuesday our team provides meals for Tent City 3, Camp United We Stand, Tent City 5, Camp Second Chance and the Community meal. We serve over 300 people each week, often sending our diners home with to go boxes and shopping bags of additional food.
Many individuals in our community – the young and the old; children, adults and seniors; the healthy, ill and homeless – experience hunger daily. You can help by contributing food on a recurring basis to our ongoing St. Dunstan’s collection for Hopelink. Just bring your canned goods, staples, and quick meal offerings to church with you and place them in the food collection box in the narthex. Keep in mind many of the recipients do not have places to cook or prepare food, so any cans should be able to open with a pop-up lids, and food should not require refrigeration. Please bring non-perishable items and place them in the parish hall donation box. Items will be brought to Hopelink, “a nonprofit organization working to end poverty in our community. Each year they help more than 64,000 people through programs that provide stability and the skills and knowledge needed to exit poverty.”
See our page about weekly community dinners hosted by St. Dunstan’s here.
Help for Homeless Youth
Ryan’s House for Youth is a nonprofit organization on Whidbey Island, led by Lori Cavendar, that works to support and help homeless and at-risk youth achieve their highest potential physically and mentally as well as academically.
Support for Seafarers
Without seafarer’s our lives in the Pacific Northwest would not be the same. We rely on the sea transportation of our food security and material needs. Their job is one of the hardest in the world. It can be deadly, and they are away from their families for months or years at a time. Mission to Seafarers Seattle provides these hard working men and women with hospitality support. They have a chaplains and ship visitors to visit ships, bringing phones for them to call home and arranging transportation to the Center they operate or for shopping in the city for those that can leave the ship. The Center has phones and computers for the use of seafarers and provides WiFi so they can use their own laptops. St. Dunstan’s Church raises money to support this organization.
Gifts for the Families of Prisoners
Inspired by the scripture in Matthew 25, the Matthew House is a ministry in Monroe, Washington, that provides hope and support to the families of prisoners. Each year from the beginning of November until mid-December, the parishioners of St. Dunstan’s donate money or new, unwrapped gifts for children and mothers served by the Matthew House. These gifts and funds are delivered in time to these families for Christmas morning.
Care for the Domestic Violence Survivors
New Beginnings is a wonderful organization that provides shelter and services for domestic violence victims. Most women who flee a violent situation leave with next to nothing, so to receive basic toiletries or a small toy for their child is something they really appreciate. Parishioners donate these and other useful items to fill Easter baskets. On Palm Sunday, the Sunday School and youth, along with other volunteers, assemble the baskets, wrap them in cellophane, and tie them up with festive ribbons. These are then delivered to New Beginnings for a brighter and happier Easter morning. In addition, an annual school supplies drive is conducted in the months of August and September. These supplies are given to homeless children in the Seattle School District.