Our congregation is actively involved with a large variety of mission organizations:
PUYALLUP COMMUNITY MEAL
Immanuel Lutheran Church (across from PHS) hosts a meal at 2pm every Sunday.
– SOTH prepares and serves the meal there on the first Sunday of every even-numbered month.
EVENING MEAL PROGRAM AT THE PUYALLUP ARMORY
Dinner is served to an average of 55 hungry local people every Monday-Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory Building (622 4th Avenue SE in Puyallup). This program is coordinated by St. Francis House.
– Shepherd of the Hill provides and serves dinner on the first Friday of the odd-numbered months.
FREEZING NIGHTS MINISTRY
A Puyallup-based ministry that provides for persons in need of nightly shelter during cold weather. Local churches host on a rotation, providing shelter and meals for those in need every night from November-March.
– At SOTH, we host the homeless every-other Saturday throughout the winter, providing a hot dinner, toiletries, sleeping accommodations, a warm breakfast, and a sack lunch to each of our guests. For the 2015-16 season, we are unable to serve as a host site due to a major remodeling/construction project at the church. Our members will continue to find ways to support the other churches in this ministry, and we hope to host the following season!
THE NEW HOPE RESOURCE CENTER
The New Hope Resource Center is a place, first and foremost, of welcome and sanctuary for homeless individuals in Puyallup that respects each guest’s inherent dignity. Its mission is to assist homeless persons in their efforts to find safety, health and stability, as well as to connect them with other community resources that are available to help a person find a way out of his or her homelessness. In other words, to find a way home. Our congregation awarded a grant of $10,000 to this organization in December 2014.
2304 South Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma
They serve 2 meals a day - breakfast and lunch - and provide clean, dry clothing, and toiletry items. They help their guests with Washington I.D. cards, bus tickets to jobs and health appointments, non-narcotic prescription drug support, rent support, and referrals to mental health treatment, drug and alcohol abuse treatment, detox centers and overnight shelters and feeding programs.
– At Shepherd of the Hill, we prepare and serve lunch every third Sunday of the month – and have been doing this for over two decades.
ST. FRANCIS HOUSE
322 7th Street SE, Puyallup
Distributes free gently-used clothing, household items, and furniture.
– Several members of our congregation serve at this organization on a weekly basis. We also as a congregation help by switching out their seasonal clothing in the spring and summer.
HELPING HAND HOUSE - PIERCE COUNTY
To be eligible for their programs, families must have at least one child living with them and be homeless or in imminent danger of becoming homeless. Each program is tailored to the needs, culture, and location of the families served. Each family's case manager guides and assists them to overcome obstacles and achieve self-sufficiency.
– Our church supports this organization through the gathering of household supplies throughout the year. Our congregation awarded a grant of $10,000 to this organization in December 2014.
FAITH IN ACTION
This fall, due to church construction, we are holding a one-day Faith in Action on Saturday, October 10, 2015. In the spring, we will hold a full weekend of projects April 23-24, 2016!
Put your FAITH IN ACTION - Be the Church!
Throughout the weekend, there are varied local FAITH IN ACTION mission work projects appropriate for ALL the people of SOTH to participate in… the young, the old, and all the ages in-between; families, singles, couples, neighbors, and friends. This is an annual activity for our congregation.
PUYALLUP FOOD BANK
The Puyallup Food Bank has been serving the Puyallup Valley since 1972 and has volunteered millions of meals and hours into making sure that no one goes hungry. Our congregation awarded a grant of $5,000 to this organization in December 2014.
GLOBAL HANDS MARKET
Twice a year, in the spring and the fall, our Fellowship Hall is transformed into a Fair Trade Global Market, bringing shopping opportunities to the Puyallup community. A large variety of items are available, including jewelry, coffee and teas, home decor, and much more. This supports artisans and farmers from all over the world in achieving rightful payment for their products, and helping to create better working environments.
OTHER PROGRAMS IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR THOSE IN NEED:
UNITED WAY - PIERCE COUNTY
United Way of Pierce County 211 connects people with the health and human services they need. Information and Referral Specialists offer compassion, understanding, and advocacy to United Way of Pierce County 211 callers. The United Way of Pierce County 211 call center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with 24-hour voice mail. For questions or additional information about United Way of Pierce County 211, please call 211 or toll free at 1-877-211-WASH (9274).
LOVE INC. - PIERCE COUNTY
253-531-2366 Client Line
Love INC is a network of over 180 churches that links volunteers to people in need. Those in need must call to arrange for a client referral to determine need and connect clients with resources.
SALVATION ARMY - PUYALLUP
4009 9th Street SW, Puyallup
To receive food assistance, clients need to bring: ID for household members, proof of income & proof of address.