Member Highlight: Congregation for the Homeless
HDC appreciates all the passion, hard work, and dedication our members devote to the affordable housing movement. No single organization could make this impact and secure this progress alone. The collaboration and connection among members is the human energy that works to ensure all people have a safe, healthy, and affordable home. We want to show our appreciation and learn more about our affordable housing community through these member highlights as each member is crucial to achieving the larger vision of this movement. This week our featured member is Congregation for the Homeless. Thank you for all the work that you do!
1. What excites your team about the work you are doing?
Our team loves to build authentic relationships with the men we serve. It is a privilege to get to know them; their story, fears, hopes, and dreams. It is so inspiring and life-giving to see the joy on a man’s face as he achieves life goals and feels cared for by the community and the community feels cared for by him. There is much celebration when men we know and love hold a key in their hands and walking into their new homes.
2. What upcoming projects, partnerships, and news are you looking forward to?
CFH is moving forward with building a permanent shelter, day center, and supportive services in Bellevue. We are excited to move forward with a specific site in the coming weeks. We are also excited about the efforts that are happening between CFH, community members, businesses, and the city who are working to do the work needed so we can have year round emergency shelter for men on the Eastside.
3. What have you been most proud of during your time as an HDC member?
We are proud of bringing on a licensed mental health therapist who is providing support to men in housing. Men are able to work through trauma, share their lives, etc. with someone who is deeply skilled to be present and guide them to a place of personal stability.