Columbia Bank, in partnership with our communities, has been collecting donations for local homeless shelters since the December 1st start of the Warm Hearts Winter Drive. These donations of funds and warm winter wear will allow shelters to provide critical comfort and support to some of our most vulnerable neighbors during the winter months.
From all of us here at Columbia Bank, I want to extend our sincere thanks to all who have contributed so far to the Warm Hearts Winter Drive. The enthusiasm and generosity of our communities has been truly inspiring.
The winter months can be some of the most challenging for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. But, the holidays are also a time for giving and giving back to our communities. That is certainly proving to be the case this year.
Below are just a few of the organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest that your generosity to the Warm Hearts Winter Drive will allow us to support this season:
The Tacoma Rescue Mission (Pierce County)
The Tacoma Rescue Mission provides emergency services and shelter to men, women, and children in need throughout the city of Tacoma at a variety of locations. Each year, Tacoma Rescue serves more than 1,000 meals to people in need!
The Emergency Shelter located on the Downtown Campus provides overnight shelter, personal hygiene items, meals, and clean clothing. The Tyler Street Family Campus offers transitional housing for families as they work to get back on their feet and into stable housing. The Adams Street Family Campus offers apartment style homes for women and women with children. Meals, showers, and other resources are available.
Learn More (https://www.trm.org)
Seattle Gospel Mission (King County)
The Seattle Gospel Mission provides services in five areas: Hunger, homelessness, poverty, youth, and addiction. The Mission provides emergency shelter and meals for men, women, and children at several Seattle locations, while the Mission’s Search and Rescue program delivers food and warm winter supplies to people in need across the city.
In the last year, the Seattle Gospel Mission has:
Learn More (http://www.ugm.org/site/PageServer?pagename=default)
Portland Rescue Mission (Multnomah County)
The Portland Rescue Mission is the Portland area’s largest provider of overnight shelter, able to house up to 128 men/night. Longer-term shelter is available for 30 men and women for periods up to 6 weeks. The downtown Burnside Shelter serves more than 330,000 hot meals each year and provides one of the only round the clock restrooms in the downtown area. Additionally, around 1,000 men and women are able to receive mail using the Mission’s address.
Learn more (http://www.portlandrescuemission.org)
Family Promise of Spokane
Family Promise of Spokane provides meals overnight shelter, and support to homeless children and their families and is the only shelter in the area that keeps whole families together during the time it takes to get them back into stable housing situations. Over the past nine years, Family Promise reports that 85% of client families remain in stable housing!
Learn more (http://www.familypromiseofspokane.org)
We are proud to partner with these and other local organizations doing such remarkable work in our communities.
How to Help
Donations of cash and warm winter items are still being accepted through January 31, 2016 at all Columbia Bank locations. For more information on the Warm Hearts Winter Drive or to make a donation online, please visit warmheartswinterdrive.com. All donations stay in the local market where they are accepted.
Thank you to all who are making a difference this winter in our communities!
-- David Devine Columbia Bank Marketing Director
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