FISH Food Bank provides food and more for individuals in need with compassion, dignity and respect. The goal of FISH is to provide each client with enough nutritious food to make three meals a day for three consecutive days. No one in need is turned away. St. Mary’s collects food on the third Sunday of each month for donation to FISH Food Bank.
Family Housing Network
Family Housing Network, a program of the Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, empowers homeless and at-risk families to achieve and maintain permanent housing in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The Network collaborates with the larger faith community, as well as community providers to help families gain skills and overcome barriers to their self-sufficiency. Seven days a week, five homeless families in the Phoenix Housing Network shelter program utilize our Day Center facilities for showers, laundry, telephones, cooking, relaxing, case management, and life skill classes. In the evenings, a network of 24 local churches and schools provide dinner, sleeping accommodations, and breakfast, rotating between host sites each week. St. Mary’s hosts families four weeks a year. Click here for the Family Housing Network website.
United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world. St. Mary’s has a UTO ingathering each year on the Feast of Christ the King.
Lakewood Caregiver Support Group
A support group for caregivers of those with memory loss.These support groups are facilitated by trained individuals from the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. A safe place for unpaid family caregivers, their family and friends to:
- Exchange practical information on caregiving problems & possible solutions
- Talk through challenges & ways of coping
- Share feelings, needs & concerns
- Learn about resources available in the community
These groups meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:30am-12:00pm. For further information, contact the group facilitator, McKenzie Golden at 253.271.4073