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Interfaith Coalition provides emergency and transitional housing for homeless families, shelter for homeless men and women during extreme weather, and support for our marginalized neighbors in Whatcom County.

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Art Exhibit to Benefit Interfaith

Star Bull by Tom Ensign

Bellingham artist Tom Ensign will exhibit new paintings from his Dreams of Lascaux series during the month of September. These interpretations of cave art animals strive to bring the ancient reverence for nature back into our world. The painting will be featured at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Avenue in Bellingham. All proceeds from the art exhibit will be donated by the artist to Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County.

In addition to being an artist, Ensign is also a filmmaker. He became involved with Interfaith Coalition through producing videos for their housing program for homeless families. “I was very moved by hearing the stories from people they have helped and seeing how Interfaith Coalition’s work provides safe housing for many parents and children that would otherwise be on the street,” said Ensign.  “We all benefit by providing housing to struggling families.”

Winter Coat Drive

Interfaith Coalition’s annual winter coat drive provides warm outerwear for everyone from babies to seniors. Donations of clean, gently-used or new winter coats and jackets, gloves, scarves and hats are needed. If you are a knitter, handmade hats and scarves are also cherished. For many of our neighbors, this program means they won’t need to spend limited income on a winter coat, or do without. Winter coats are distributed in Blaine, Ferndale, Bellingham and Deming. Coats are collected at many congregations throughout Whatcom County and at all of the Banner Bank branches.

Here is the distribution schedule:
Blaine – Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 from 9 am – 5 pm at Livingston International Warehouse in Blaine
Bellingham – Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 am – 1:30 pm and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at Assumption Church Gym
Deming – Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 9 – 11:30 am at Foothills Food Bank, located in St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Ferndale – Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 am – 1 pm at United Church of Ferndale.

Thank you for sharing the warmth!

Do You Knit?

Your cozy, hand-made hats and scarves can help many in need stay warm. We distribute items through our CAST (food on the street) program every week, and hundreds more every winter through our Winter Coat Drive and severe weather shelters.

Other Ways to Help: We gratefully accept all yarn donations and will distribute that yarn to anyone interested in knitting hats and scarves for Project Warm Up.

Questions about Project Warm Up? Email the volunteer coordinator, Ronalee, at lkincaid@aol.com or call Interfaith Coalition at 734-3983.

 

Upcoming

Annual Hope Meeting and 35th Anniversary Celebration

This year, Interfaith Coalition is celebrating 35 years of sharing God’s love in our community. Join us for our Annual Hope Meeting and 35th Celebration for a meaningful evening of fellowship, inspiration and an opportunity to transform lives. Hear from volunteers who share stories of compassion and hope. Learn how you can help us serve additional homeless families through a new program. Be part of an active community of individuals and congregations dedicated to our neighbors in need.

Please join us on Monday, October 17 at 7 pm at Bellingham Covenant Church, 1530 E. Bakerview Road in Bellingham.

Learn How You Can Help Homeless Children

Interfaith Coalition recently sponsored a community meeting about Family Promise to discuss how congregations are exploring networking together to provide overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families. Active in over 200 communities nationwide, including Skagit County, Family Promise is a successful and creative way to harness the strengths of congregations and serve our children and parents in need. Almost 200 people attended this meeting – the largest attendance at any Family Promise informational meeting ever.

The next meeting will be held on October 13 for people who are interested in taking leadership roles to bring this program to our community. Please contact Interfaith Coalition at 360-734-3983 if you would like to be involved.