Church collecting to aid Y housing program

Apr 10, 2014

Edmonds Lutheran Church is collecting household items for the YWCA Pathways for Women, a service of the YWCA that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for women and children who are experiencing homelessness.

Maria Bighaus, director of housing at Pathways, describes the program:

"YWCA Pathways for women is an emergency shelter for women with children under the age of 18 who are experiencing homelessness and are very low income.

“The families are not only in need of a place to call home, but are also in need of basic needs items.  Oftentimes, families come to us with very few personal belongings and in need of support and guidance.

“Pathways for Women becomes their home from which their lives can be rebuilt, and hope for a better future becomes a reality.”

Last year during Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter Sunday), Edmonds Lutheran Church collected towels for local shelter programs.

"It was a small gift that we collected to commemorate Jesus washing his friends' feet before he was put to death," explains Rev. Dr. Julie Josund.

"We are building on that idea this year and adding cleaning products, laundry baskets, paper goods, etc. to help these wonderful families in need."

Anyone in the neighborhood who would like to participate can bring a new or gently used laundry basket with whatever you choose, shampoo, bath soap, paper towels or baby diapers.

You can bring your contributions to the office at Edmonds Lutheran Church, and they will deliver them safely to Pathways for Women after Easter Sunday.

The YWCA opens doors to opportunity and self-sufficiency for women and families facing poverty, violence and discrimination.

With more than 100 years experience, the YWCA is the leading organization for moving women and families out of crisis, and empowering them to achieve lasting independence.

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