26 Feb 2016 Homelessness in Bothell … our town!
A few weeks back an intrepid group of concerned citizens, 2 carloads, roamed throughout Bothell in the early morning hours. Our mission: to count homeless people in Bothell. The results: a surprising 3x increase over last year. Why is this?
The growth in homelessness in our Northshore community is not well understood, but some things we do know:
- rising rents are forcing families to find a different place to live; they may temporarily live in a car or shelter while trying to find affordable housing.
- homeless adults with children are moving from Seattle to our area for safety reasons.
- social services for homeless people – single, families, adults, children – are mostly located in downtown Seattle or Everett.
- both the Northshore and Lake Washington School Districts are each educating over 250 homeless students (that they know of).
- housing concerns make it very challenging for kids to learn and keep up in school … can you imagine trying to do homework in the evening in a car? Or wondering where you will eat or shower next?
What can we do to love and serve our needy neighbors?
- Pray. Pray for the safety and well-being of our homeless neighbors. Pray for the kids who are struggling to learn while facing great uncertainty and stress in their lives. Pray that God will give you a heart of compassion for these people, your neighbors.
- Learn. Educate yourself about this issue, in our community and region. Discover which service agencies are working in our area, and how help is provided in our community. Discover how to recognize homelessness and poverty in Northshore.
- Serve. We can suggest many opportunities for you to serve needy people in our community, whether as an individual or family or small group. Some opportunities include:
- Work at a local food bank. We suggest the Woodinville Storehouse and invite you to serve there. Learn more at
- Serve food and coats with Northshore’s Isaiah 58 ministry (learn more at http://isaiah58.x10host.com/ ).
- Volunteer at Care Day in June, a one-day resource fair for homeless and low-income families (learn more at www.careday.net).
- Check out the many service opportunities – especially in Food, Clothing, and Housing – on Northshore’s “Local Impact Opportunities” page (http://sites.northshore.church/localmission/local-impact-opportunities/ )
- Call me. Seriously. I’d love to talk to you, to listen to your heart. Tim King at 425-216-4422, or grab me on Sunday morning in the main Lobby.
and PS, if you’ve this far: we are investigating the opportunity to help provide temporary transitional housing for families in our community. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact me.
God bless you!