Meals of Grace – Every Thursday at Camp Hope!
The Missions Ministry Team (MMT) is pleased to offer you an opportunity to be a part of supplying meals for the hungry at Camp Hope, through Transform Yakima Together. Deemed “Meals of Grace,” Grace of Christ is providing an evening meal each Thursday, beginning on November 16th. Camp Hope’s temporary homeless center closed in Mid-November and is now located at 1702 Englewood Avenue in a large, former warehouse/manufacturing building. According to Sheri Rynd, Meal Coordinator and Wellness Educator for Transform Yakima Together, the site has electrical power, along with water, which greatly enhances the shelter’s capabilities and comfort.
Ways To Get Involved
- Become a Team Leader: Seven Team Leaders from Grace have volunteered to spearhead and coordinate the meals; rotating duties approximately every seven weeks or more. More Team Leaders would be welcomed. And, there are numerous other ways to be involved.
- Or, Join a Meal Team: You can sign-up at the Connection Center to join a meal team to make and/or serve a dinner.
- Pick a Date: Possible open dates include: December 7, December 14, December 21, December 28, January 4, and January 11. This can be a one-time commitment or ongoing.
- Choose a Meal Duty: Within the team, duties of providing the meal for 65 or more people will be distributed. Some may want to cook—others may want to contribute by providing monetary donations to offset meal expenses. Maybe you want to simply pick-up food prepared from a restaurant.
- Growth Groups may want to choose a Thursday: the options are endless. If your “team” is unable to serve or deliver the meal, arrangements can be made. Generally, meals are served at 5:30 to 6:00 pm. You do not have to do this alone. This is Transform Yakima Together!
CAMP HOPE of Transform Yakima Together
Sheri Rynd explains that Camp Hope of Transform Yakima Together is a “low barrier” (meaning open to all in need) resource that offers temporary emergency services to aid the homeless back toward independence. They address clients’ safety needs and offer an education center. The Gospel is shared and there are opportunities to worship, however, there is no attendance requirement. “We try to ‘nurse’ our homeless back to health so that they can take the next step, Rynd explains. “This may mean moving on to the Union Gospel Mission when they are strengthened.”
Current needs of the new facility include: stove, refrigerator, and commercial-grade washer and dryer. For additional information, Rynd may be reached at 509.480.9760, or email her at email@example.com. Transform Yakima Together encourages all of the churches of our Valley to pray for the homeless. And believes that by doing so, we will see a shift in this critical area of concern for our Valley.
Move to Winter Facility Update – Nov 10
Things have gone pretty well at the new Camp Hope homeless shelter getting the new facility ready for winter business! We’ve had a lot of volunteers show up and contribute their time and efforts to get the place ready for occupancy next week. Thank you to everyone who has come to help. We couldn’t be doing it without you!
We will still be cleaning over the weekend, but here are some things we can use at the shelter:
- Microwave Ovens
- Toaster Ovens
- Hot Plates
- Coffee Makers
- Storage cabinets
- Non-perishable foods (it’s better to have a large quantity of a single item, rather than lots of various single items.)
- Paper towels
- Pots and pans
- Microwaveable cooking containers
- Non-breakable cups and dishes
- Food Storage containers
Camp Hope Moves Indoors!
As most of you know, Transform Yakima Together has managed the homeless encampment, Camp Hope, for the last eight months. Grace of Christ has supported the camp by bringing food and donations; and volunteering in various ways. Transform Yakima Together is now making preparations to move the “camp” indoors for the winter season at a new shelter building located at 1702 Englewood Avenue in Yakima. They just recently acquired the building and have a very short time to make it ready for the homeless residents by November 15, or earlier, if possible. It was a large mechanical manufacturing facility. So, there is lots of work to do.
Transform Yakima Together Needs Your Help!
- Construction is going on to build dormitory rooms, as well as some painting.
- There’s lots of cleaning to do. If you have cleaning supplies and “tools” please bring them, especially cleaning rags. Otherwise, Transform Yakima will provide them. There is also some work that needs to be done on ladders.
- There are some handyman repairs & construction projects – got tools?
- Furnishings are also needed: they need tables and chairs, couches, cabinets and desks. They will also take appliances.
- There is also a family area separate from the general adult population, with bedrooms, a separate kitchen and bath area for families. Transform Yakima Together is asking churches or growth groups to adopt a room in this family area and fix it up to accommodate the families. Connect with Andy if you’re interested. (714-745-3753)
- Want to help? The facility will be open, for volunteers or donations, from 10am to 8pm, November 6-11 (Monday thru Saturday)
- Thank you all for all of your support. This is the Body of Christ working together to make His Kingdom known in Yakima.
Learn more about Camp Hope