March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Here is your opportunity to support our Family Promise group as members work toward finding homes and places to live. As always, the group of up to 15 adults and children will arrive around dinner time at our host church, Trinity Lutheran on 18th in Mount Vernon. SUUF provides and cooks the dinner for guests as well as themselves and we usually cook the meal (whatever we’ve decided to serve) at the church which has a large commercial kitchen. After dinner, the guests have the rest of the evening to read, or do whatever they wish before going to bed. In the morning they get up between 6 and 6:30 a.m. to eat breakfast, put lunches together for the day if they wish. They have to leave the building by 7 a.m. and either go off to work or school, or be driven in a van that is provided to the Day Care facility in Sedro-Woolley where they can spend the day.
Duties for SUUF staff after dinner on Sunday evening is pretty simple: helpers clean the kitchen, wash dishes and dinner items, put out items such as coffee maker to be ready for the next morning, and then go home. The only exception is for two SUUF members who arrive about 8 p.m. to spend the night sleeping on cots which are actually fairly comfortable. We are required to have two Family Promise members available at the site to deal with any issues that may come up, although that has yet to happen.
This is a very simple description of the Family Promise Program. It’s a program that you can become very fond of. You hear the stories from people who are working hard to provide their children with futures that they can be proud of and you leave the program grateful for the opportunity you had to help. You learn that you really can make life better for others. The only thing we need to make the program better for us is to have more offers of participation from members. We don’t need a large number of volunteers but we do need to have people that we can turn to when we need help. It would also be good if we could take turns occasionally with things like cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen, and maybe evening spending a night on the cots. These are just ideas but if any of you would like more information just check with Pat Young or Patty Yount.