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Archives for November 2015
On November 6th, we were grateful for our wonderful neighbors from Sur La Table. They are generous, creative and skilled chefs as well! They served 75 guests at our Georgetown Food Bank FACES program. FACES stands for food, assistance, compassion and emergency services. Last year they served close to 100 people with a wonderful Italian lunch. And this time it was homemade chili, cornbread, with cheese and chili toppings and fresh fruit. And that is not all. They have four more lunches planned between now and the end of the first quarter. St. Vincent de Paul is so fortunate to have such compassionate neighbors!
Thank you to all our friends at Sur La Table!
On November 6, we had a group of hard working and kindhearted group of volunteers from BECU distributing food to our FACES guests who come into our Georgetown Food Bank on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 12 Noon to get food, dry clothing, personal hygiene items, and water for the weekend. The 75 homeless people they served were very grateful to the volunteers and BECU for this special effort. BECU and their employees are good friends of ours, they have been here before and we are always excited to have them here on the Georgetown campus.
Boeing Cares: Volunteers at Georgetown Food Bank!
Since April, Community Outreach Representatives JJ and Adam have been regularly visiting our Food Bank where they hope to share information with our neighbors in need about available health care options. By now, JJ and Adam have identified why many uninsured individuals feel challenged about their health care plans, or the lack thereof. While there is a wider selection of options and apparent increased access to health care, many individuals continue to delay care, miss appointments, or seek unneeded emergent care. These trends may be due to pride, disillusionment, and complacency towards the health care system. Advocates of preventative care, JJ and his team continue their consistent outreach efforts in order to build trust and rapport with individuals at shelters, thrift stores, and foods banks, where they help enroll every 1 in 5 individuals in UnitedHealthcare.
This enrollment rate is laudable, especially for the targeted audience. Currently, UnitedHealthcare is extending benefits for Washington state individuals with limited incomes who are older than 65 years old and have a disability. By enrolling, individuals will have access to health products catalog, dental coverage, eyewear coverage, and transportation assistance. Local health care workers are prepared to offer their assistance by visiting homes of clients and learning medical histories of clients. Eligible applicants must have both Medicare and Medicaid before applying for this particular UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete plan.
We are excited that JJ and his team are introducing this plan to individuals who may qualify for extended coverage and look forward to their next visit in December. For more information about UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete Plan, please call JJ at 206-676-2600, TTY 711. To see if you are eligible for Apple Health, please click here to begin your application.
This may be hard to do. But, just the same, do it. Walk outside the next time it rains and stand in this pouring rain and get wet. Reflect on this. Just stand in the rain. Stay in it for 20 or 30 minutes—if you can. Try to find some cover out of the rain, like maybe under a tree. Stand there for a while. Now walk down the street toward the nearest store and see how long you can handle the wind and the rain. Now imagine that you have just been told by your landlord that you are being evicted. That is right. Evicted—which means you have nowhere to shower, get warm to cook or do anything. The streets are your next stop.
Our 1,300 home visit volunteers deal with the awful idea of eviction and vexing other problems with neighbors every day of the week. On some weeks our volunteers will make 200 visits, many of them young women with children facing eviction. We help as best we can with compassion and some financial support that comes from our donors. Without the generosity of donors, we wouldn’t be able to help people in King County.
The umbrellas are out and some folks are lucky to have them. See the people below. People ask us what the poor, marginalized and the homeless need this time of year. Think about yourself. What would you need when you are told you are being evicted? Then you will have the answer.
We will begin selling computer equipment at our Kenmore store on Monday, Nov. 16th at 11 a.m. We want you to have and understand the back story associated with this initiative.
St. Vincent de Paul believes that every individual should have equitable access to technology. Yet, individuals and families with low income continue to experience multiple barriers to achieving digital literacy and fluency. These barriers may be due to an inability to afford updated electronic devices, lack of affordable Internet access as well as outdated wiring for broadband.
We are taking a step to try to help with this issue. We have formed a partnership with InterConnection, a well-known and established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that refurbishes and sells laptops, desktop machines, and computer peripherals to low income neighbors, non-profits and others. InterConnection will have a kiosk in our Kenmore store. They will be able to offer advice and help everyone find equipment that works for them.
InterConnection is committed to connecting underserved communities by offering low-cost or refurbished electronic devices. Their program is designed to maintain an inclusive digital environment and work culture where underrepresented communities can use digital tools to enhance their quality of life.
So come see us starting Monday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at our Kenmore store.
We’ve introduced a new era in thrift store sales.
SVdP Kenmore Now Selling Computers!
We are launching the sale of refurbished computer and peripherals in a partnership with InterConnection.org
We are deeply committed to working with InterConnection.org to help low income shoppers and non-profit organizations and others buy refurbished computer equipment low-cost laptops, desktops, monitors and more.
InterConnection has been serving our community for more than 15 years and offers high quality computers at affordable prices. They are a 501c3 not for profit organization. They connect non-profit organizations and underserved communities around the world to computers and communications technology they need.
Why St. Vincent de Paul? Our network of five thrift stores has been selling used and recycled items since 1926. Proceeds from our store sales go to help people. We all need technology in today’s world. We are excited about this because we will be able to help people get these valuable products at reasonable prices and the sales proceeds help others at the same time.
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. M-F
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun
- Have a warranty
- Are low cost
- Are IC Certified
- Quality refurbished
Save $10.00 on Computers and monitors—see coupon above and at right.
Bring in this coupon Offer valid
St. Vincent de Paul Kenmore
7304 Bothell Way NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
Effective immediately, we will no longer take used mattresses as donations. And we will no longer sell them. We sell new mattresses that are very reasonably priced.
Further, people don’t buy desks and other kinds of office equipment as they have in past years. People tell us they won’t buy large desks any more.
Effectively immediately, we will no longer take used desks of any kind.
If you have questions about donations, please check our Sell & Can’t Sell List
On this important day, Veteran’s Day, join a large group of organizations and St. Vincent de Paul Case Management and Operation Veteran Renewal to help Operation WelcomeOneHome, a nationwide effort to help homeless veterans secure housing. As of September 2015, 717 Veterans have been housed at a pace of about 80 per month. Despite the progress, officials say there are still hundreds of Veterans in our King County Communities that need assistance, many of whom have the resources to move into permanent housing but struggle to secure a home in our highly competitive rental market. If you know of Veterans that need help, please have them email Josh Wheeldon of the SVdP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org