Church of the Redeemer has a long-term relationship with Hopelink Kenmore Place (formerly the Kenmore Family Shelter). For the past 30 years, people at Redeemer has provided support for Kenmore Place. The support includes the following:
- Christmas gifts and food
- School backpacks
- Thanksgiving food
- Emergency gas and food cards
Kenmore Place and its programs have changed over the years. It used to be a short-term residency. Now, the population remains at there for 6 to 12 months while the residents look for permanent housing and work.
One third of the current residents are there because a major medical problem caused the family to lose their housing. One third are in Kenmore Place as a result of domestic violence.
There is a mix of couples and single parents. All of the families have children under 18.
The residents appreciate the holiday food and gifts. “They helped me have a better Christmas than the one we had when we weren’t homeless. It was a beautiful day. I was worry free. The kids smiled for days,” said one resident.
Another said, “Tell them that on behalf of myself and my son.”
A couple of members of the congregation met with the current case manager to discuss ways we can continue to be of assistance. In addition to our ongoing assistance, residents need the following:
- Feminine hygiene products
- Queen sized sheets (gently used is OK)
These items can be donated anytime at Redeemer in the box in the parish hall.
Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in north and east King County, providing stability and helping people gain the skills and knowledge they need to exit poverty for good.
Hopelink also provides transportation services throughout King and Snohomish Counties.
With service centers in Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, and Sno-Valley (Carnation), Hopelink is the largest nonprofit organization in the area. Programs and services focus on nine categories of assistance:
- Adult education
- Emergency financial help
- Employment services
- Energy assistance
- Family development
- Financial literacy
- Food assistance
Hopelink serves about 64,000 people annually.