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. 

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

Family Promise

April 17-24

East Woods once again has the opportunity to host families from Family Promise in our building!   By partnering with FP, we help parents with children move from homelessness into permanent housing. 

Please consider signing up for a shift to continue our support of this vital ministry to those in need in our communities.

Following are the volunteer opportunities for each week:

  • 2 people to stay at the church from 4:45pm to 9:30pm.
  • 2 people from 9:30pm to approximately 7:30am the following morning.
  • Prepare and deliver dinner for the guests (contact Jackie Tyler)
  • Drive guests to the FP center and/or back to East Woods.
  • click here to sign up for a host shift, dinner preparation, or van driving.
  • Set up rooms at the church on April 17th, 11:30am-1:00pm (contact Pat).
  • Clean family spaces before church on April 24th, 7:00-9:00am (contact Pat).
If you have any questions, please contact Pat Norby (360-604-0042).  Thank you!

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.