Faith Family Hospitality by the Numbers – Guest post from Sue Ferguson

Faith Family Hospitality (FFH) by the numbers: We have completed our 17th hosting week since 2012. We’ve provided 119 nights of housing to 68 families with over 200 children. We estimate we’ve served over 6500 donated meals.

Our FFH ministry gives us a chance to provide very personal and basic assistance to families experiencing homeless in our community. Beginning Sunday evening November 15, four families will be our guests for the week. Their beds and possessions will arrive in the FFH trailer and over 40 Foothills volunteers will serve as their hosts. These hosts will prepare and serve meals and do their best to make our guests feel welcome, comfortable and at home while they are with us.

If you aren’t any FFH volunteer now is your chance to get involved. Attend the FFH training on Sunday November 1, 12:30-2:30. We’ll provide an overview of the program and answer all your questions. But since the volunteer jobs fill up quickly you may want to get your email address on the list NOW – we’ll send out invitations to volunteer Oct 15th. Just email and we’ll be sure you are on the list.

Thanks to the 185 people at Foothills who have served as FFH volunteers, especially Mary Pat & Peter Aukema, who do all the laundry and Rich Roberts, who tows the trailer.

Special thanks to our outstanding team of coordinators – they are the ones who make it happened: Danue Laborde, Josh Goldstein, Marla Nelson, Karen Johnese, and Dannielle North.

FFH Community Notes

Foothills is really proud that Karen Johnese was recently elected to the FFH Board of Directors. She is serving with a dynamic team of community leaders working hard to set the course of a rapidly growing organization. Started in 2012, FFH has become a force in advocating for the homeless in our community. The board together with the new FFH Executive Director, Annette Zacharias, are developing some exciting plans for the future.

In addition to the overnight housing provided by the 26 FFH member congregations, FFH also operates a family day center that offers guests day time respite, showers, laundry facilities, and access to a kitchen. Talk to Kay Williams who has volunteered an afternoon a week for well over a year and consider becoming a day center volunteer.

October 22, 7 pm, Foothills will host an exciting Interfaith Council panel discussion on some really creative Affordable Housing options.

Housing Panel Flier

 Sue Ferguson


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