By serving our neighbors, whether here in Seattle or halfway around the world, parishioners seek to express God’s love for all people and to live into God’s vision for creation. Learn more about our Service & Outreach ministries and partnerships in this video presentation from Have a Heart 2023.
Every night of the year, a hundred or so people come to the Operation Nightwatch Dispatch Center on 14th and Jackson to get a hot meal prepared by volunteers and, if space is available, a bed for the night in one of Seattle’s homeless shelters. The Epiphany meal team is on duty the third Saturday of odd-numbered months. Parishioners also make sandwiches that the Nightwatch staff distribute at tent encampments. Contact Ann Beck at email@example.com or Terry Carlisle at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Sound Foundations NW, volunteer construction crews build quality temporary homes for Tiny Home Villages managed by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). These communities offer safe, dry, warm housing (with lockable doors!) and shared kitchens, laundry, and sanitary facilities for people who might otherwise be under a tent on the sidewalk. LIHI also provides case managers and other services to help residents land jobs and move on to permanent housing. Epiphany’s crew gathers at the Sound Foundations’ “Hope Factory” in South Seattle on the second Saturday of the month. Contact Jenny Cummins at email@example.com or Pete Melin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many young people living on the streets of the University District depend on Teen Feed for a hot meal and help getting off the streets and into jobs and housing. Since the 1980s, Epiphany’s Teen Feed crew has met at a University District church to prepare a meal on the fourth Thursday of the month. Contact Ann Beck at email@example.com.
The YWCA provides a range of services to help women, many fleeing domestic violence, find housing, jobs, and independent, stable lives for themselves and their children. Epiphany has partnered with the YWCA since the 1970’s, when our parish began providing Christmas gifts for families in YWCA programs. We continue this tradition today, each year collecting back-to-school supplies and, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, holiday gift cards for families in YWCA housing and emergency shelters. Another YWCA program Epiphany supports is Angeline’s Day Center for Women in Belltown. Contact Sherilyn Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann McCurdy at email@example.com.
Donations to Epiphany’s Hunger Basket provide fresh produce for the Central Area Food Bank at the YWCA Phillis Wheatley Branch in Madrona. The food bank is always in need of volunteers to pack food bags for the 300-plus client households on Tuesdays and Wednesdays or to deliver bags to clients’ homes Wednesday afternoon. Contact Holly Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This organization is dedicated to the support of institutions in the Holy Land that serve underserved populations through the Archbishop of Jerusalem. Epiphany parishioners on pilgrimage visit some of the institutions we support financially every two years.
Haiti Micah Project is an organization that helps destitute kids in Mirebalais, Haiti. Epiphany provides financial support for their strategic focus on three primary programs: The Year-long Feeding Program, the School Assistance Program, and the Trade School Program.
Epiphany’s support of Nicolás Fund for Education (NFE) continues a relationship with the Guatemalan village of Belén, which our parish sponsored through Seattle’s Agros Foundation in the years 2006–2011. Epiphany provides scholarships for several Belén students to attend NFE’s Nicolás Christian School in the nearby town of Nebaj.
For more information on international partnerships, contact Holly Boone at email@example.com.
Epiphany has several seasonal collection drives including: supplies for families living in YWCA transitional housing: Easter Baskets; backpacks and school supplies; Halloween pumpkins; Thanksgiving meals; and Christmas gifts at holiday times. Contact Sherilyn Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Nightwatch, Teen Feed, and the YWCA always need socks, warm hats and gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, aspirin, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, deodorant, and other small comforts for emergency shelter supplies. Contact Ann Beck at email@example.com.
A decades-old tradition at Epiphany, the hunger basket sits at the chancel steps to collect your contributions for those who are hungry. The current recipient is the East Cherry YWCA Food Bank. Contact Holly Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each February, the Service & Outreach Committee invites the parish to the annual “Have a Heart” parish party following a beautiful Choral Evensong service. This event is the main fundraiser for all of Epiphany’s outreach ministries. You and parish friends will enjoy a lively evening while doing good things for our community. Contact Ann Beck at email@example.com.