HOMELESS ADVOCACY MINISTRY AT SAINT MARK'S
Homelessness in the greater Seattle/King County area has gone well beyond the crisis point--every Seattle resident sees evidence of this every day. We as a faith community must respond to the present situation as we are able, and in ways that we feel will best promote the dignity and freedom of those of our neighbors who, for whatever reason, cannot access safe, permanent housing.
The Justice Ministry Coordinating Team (JMCT), in consultation with the community of Saint Mark's, has decided to focus our efforts to confront the crisis in three areas:
1. Direct feeding and housing ministries. These include Noel House (which houses forty women in Bloedel Hall five nights a week), Saint Brigid's Banquet, Community Lunch at Central Lutheran, and other opportunities.
3. Education and advocacy. Homelessness as a societal issue and as a personal lived experience are widely misunderstood and the subject or persistent myths and prejudices. The Homeless Advocacy Ministry at Saint Mark's seeks to counter this ignorance with a truer picture of the homelessness—the various ways individuals and families fall into homelessness, why they stay homeless, and how they get out of it—through forums, formation events, and other communications.