Pope Francis:”The most important thing is that the dignity of the sick person is always at the center of all health care…” “The growing health poverty among the poorest segments of the population, due precisely to the difficulty of access to care, should not leave anyone indifferent, and multiply the efforts of all…” “We praise the Lord for the many health professionals with the knowledge and belief that they live their work as a mission, ministers of life and participating in the effusive love of God, the Creator.”
Helping the Homeless: At present there are eight low cost housing units available for every hundred needed in WW County, the lowest number in WA state. The YWCA, the Christian Aid Center, the WW Alliance for the Homeless, with the City of WW, St. Michael the Archangel Haven, a project of WW Catholic Charities, for veterans, the Warming Center of the First Congregational Church, United Way and volunteers, all help. (The Tri-Parish Social Concerns Committee & the Youth Group donated over $3744 to the Warming Center in 2016-2017.) The WW County Housing Authority strives to find permanent housing for as many as possible, especially families with children. But the demand is still considerably greater than the supply. Fortunately, several facilities are being planned to help alleviate the problem. The Christian Aid Center estimates there are presently 200 children in WW without permanent shelter, nearly 40% of the homeless population in WW County. The Center is fund raising for a new building which will house up to 52 women & children. Although there will be no family facilities, fathers could stay in the men’s dorm. To learn more or to contribute, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or send donations to PO Box 56. Meanwhile the Homeless Camp Ground, providing temporary housing for rule abiding adults over 18, is moving from its present site to a new site across from the police station. The city of WW will provide night security from 10 pm-8 am. The type of housing, etc., are presently under discussion.
CRS RICE BOWL: If you still have your Rice Bowl or just wish to make a donation, please bring it to your parish office this week or drop a check to CRS Rice Bowl into the collection basket. Thank you for sharing your prayers & gifts with our brothers & sisters in need this Lent! Did you know that 25% of the funds we raise through Rice Bowl stay in our Diocese for local hunger alleviation projects? Last year, two grants were awarded locally: 1. Assumption Parish: (greenhouse for parish garden, food to St. Vincent de Paul) 2. Blue Mountain Action Council (weekend backpack meal program for kids).
Immigration and Refugee Legal Services: Immigration lawyers from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Spokane, visit WW 2X/month. Call 509-455-4961 to make an appointment. Wendy Hernandez, email@example.com, 525-2034, is also an excellent source of information.