Almost 100 Team Members from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry's Faith & Family Homelessness Project traveled to Olympia for one of two (or some attended both!) “Advocacy Days” in this past month of February. You can hear directly from 3 of our Project team members from Arlington who are featured in this 2 minute video by Firesteel that captures much of the Housing and Homelessness Day on February 11. Interfaith Advocacy Day was held on February 20 with more than 400 people joining Temple Beth Or members in their event honoring their interfaith community connections. Many thanks to the First Presbyterian and Temple Beth Or Everett's Project Team Members who designed and produced the custom t-shirts for the day! (Liz Fenn, SeattleU School of Theology and Ministry Graduate Student pictured left, with Representative Ross Hunter). Earlier this month, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, one of the School's 14 Faith & Family Homelessness Project sites, focused their annual Mitzvah Days on the topic of family homelessness. (See photo below!) Over the weekend of March 9 and 10 more than 150 congregation members were out in the community doing service and reflection around the issue of homelessness. One teen preparing for her bat mitzvah offered to coordinate an awareness activity for the middle school program where the kids could learn about homelessness while engaging in a fun activity like basketball. Almost 100 Temple De Hirsch Sinai kids worked for weeks getting pledges from their families for every basket shot made, with the proceeds going local programs that serve homeless families. The Seattle U Women’s Basketball Team showed up to offer their support – giving pointers to and inspiration to the youth. The “Score One for Homeless Families” event was a huge success –the kids are still counting all the funds raised!
Interested in Joining the Project? Upcoming Event Opportunity Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry’s Faith & Family Homelessness Project is co-hosting a Poverty Immersion Workshop on Sunday April 28 in Everett. The purpose of the Immersion is to help us increase awareness around the complexities of living in poverty. The workshop lasts a total of 3 hours, with opportunity for role play, discussion and action. During the workshop participants take on the lives of low-income families from single parents to senior citizens. Each family will be tasked with providing food, shelter and other basic necessities during a 15 minute “week”. We’re looking for congregations and organizations to help us spread the word about this event and recruit both participants and volunteers. You can learn more at bit.ly/103jq58
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