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.
Children’s Books Wanted!
The “summer slide” is not a piece of playground equipment. It’s the learning loss students experience while not participating in educational activities during summer vacation. Low-income students lose two to three months of reading over the course of a summer, according to the National Summer Learning Association.
To combat the “summer slide,” volunteers will gather and distribute books for Alderwood Elementary School students this summer at the weekly pop-up Food Bank. A large percentage of Alderwood students are low-income and have limited access to the library and to books in their homes.
Do you have new or slightly-used children’s books appropriate for ages five through 12 years old? Please call us at 360-734-3983 or drop your books by the Interfaith Coalition office. We will happily take your books to Alderwood Elementary. Thanks for helping Interfaith Coalition fight the “summer slide!”
Learn How You Can Help Homeless Children
According to school district figures, approximately one of every 32 Whatcom County students experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year. These children, our neighbors, do not know where they will sleep on any given night.
There is a way we can help.
On Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 pm, Interfaith Coalition is sponsoring 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. The meeting will be held at Assumption Catholic Church Gym at 2116 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham. Please come to this meeting to hear about ways to get involved in this important ministry.