Mission and Outreach

This is how all will know that you are my disciples, 

if you have love for one another.
-John 13:35


Mission is walking the walk, an opportunity for each of us to help others in Jesus' name. 


The following are the missions supported at EWPC:


Weekly

  • Partnership with Mill Plain Elementary School


Monthly

  • Friends of the Carpenter
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Share House Food Collection


Quarterly

  • Family Promise


Seasonal

  • The Lighthouse Project
  • Mill Plain Elementary School
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Christmas Giving Tree


Every 4 years

  • Habitat For Humanity build with Churches in Partnership


Ongoing

  • Night Strike - Bridgetown Ministries (Thur, 7-9 p.m.)  (ad hoc)


For more information about these programs, please contact Elder of Missions, Jackie Tyler.

East Woods Participates as a Host Church with

Family Promise® of Clark County

Family Promise® of Clark County (FPCC) is a new program for homeless families to help them achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. 


Over 2000 children in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts were homeless for some period of time during the 2016-17 school year.  In 2016 over 600 Clark County families with children requested emergency shelter; less than 20% were placed.  



FPCC will help homeless children and their families by:

  • Providing a safe environment that includes a place to sleep , meals, and hospitality
  • Connecting parents with supportive services to aid in the search for employment and affordable housing
  • Organizing congregations to reach out with compassion to assist homeless families in Clark County.


How does Family Promise work?

  • A network of 13 host congregations rotate over a year to provide a week of safe, overnight hospitality at their facility for 4-5 homeless families (14 people maximum) 4 times a year.  Hospitality includes meals and overnight accommodations.  A number of support congregations provide additional volunteers to support the program at the host churches. 
  • During the day families reside at the Day Center, where children of school age are bussed to/from their schools, pre-school children are provided daycare and parents work on attaining  a permanent housing solution.  The Day Center has bathroom, shower and laundry facilities.  It is operated by a full-time director and part-time case worker who assist the parents with resolving issues associated with attaining permanent housing.
  • A 15-passenger van provides daily transportation to/from the host congregation sites and the Day Center.  The van is operated by a part-time licensed driver.  Once a week family belongings and the portable beds are transported to/from the host sites using a trailer, or additional vehicle.

Funding to operate a Family Promise affiliate comes from a variety of donation sources, both direct and in-kind. Because of the high use of donated facilities and volunteer time, the financial model is very efficient.  It’s estimated that for every $1 donated, there is a match of $3 value of in-kind donation.