Making Homelessness a Brief and Rare Experience in our Community
WHO ARE WE?
The Whidbey Homeless Coalition is a 501c3 association of neighbors including those who are or have experienced homelessness, local activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based organizations, and others committed to preventing and abating homelessness on Whidbey Island, while protecting each individual's civil rights and filling their immediate needs.
HOW CAN YOU CAN HELP?
“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.”
To our Whidbey friends and neighbors,
First, we want to extend our warmest thanks to you--our donors, volunteers, community advocates—for graciously giving your time and heart to our ongoing mission of making homelessness a brief and rare experience on Whidbey. Evidence of your support can be seen on the faces of the individuals and families who have moved from unsafe living situations to warmth and a path to stability.
You may already be aware that our programs have grown at an exciting rate this past year. In April of this year, we opened a shelter in Oak Harbor and now operate two year-round shelters:
The House of Hope--a temporary residential shelter in Langley, serving individuals and families.
The Haven—a whole island initiative, this overnight, low barrier, emergency shelter in Oak harbor serves our neighbors 365 nights a year.
We have also ramped up our mentorship program, which serves as a wrap-around support with life skills education, service connection, and assistance to finding transitional and permanent shelter. Our master lease program continues to help bridge the gap between scarce employment resources and skyrocketing housing costs.
With these programs combined, we are serving 60 of our Whidbey neighbors on any given cold Whidbey night. The Haven has been at full capacity (30 individuals) every evening since very early in its opening. And still, there are more of our neighbors who need our help. The work is ongoing, expanding, and vital to the health of our community.
So it is with our humblest hearts that we ask you to please consider including the Whidbey Homeless Coalition in your end of year giving. Help us get a running start on the challenging work of 2018. Our Whidbey family belongs to all of us and your contribution can make a real and tangible difference.
There are many different ways to contribute to the cause of housing the homeless. You can make a financial donation, by just clicking the Donate button. You can make a one-time contribution, or make your gift ongoing by choosing monthly installments.
Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness. ~Author Unknown
There are also many ways you can offer your time to help the most vulnerable in our community by joining with the Coalition. Our work is only made possible by the broad group of people, like you, who volunteer in many different ways.
Or you can contribute by donating foods to The Haven and toys, furnishings and other goods to the House of Hope. Just click on the "current needs" button.
To learn more in depth go to the How to Help page
We are hiring a critical position for the Coalition: Operations Coordinator. We are looking for a mission-driven, organized, collaborative person to coordinate our daily operations. Click for job description and desired skills and qualities. Operations Coordinator
Submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and how you think you meet what we are looking for and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.