Afghan Resettlement Team and other VART news

Afghan Resettlement team: The Vashon Afghan Resettlement Team had their first milestone this week: two household kits were delivered! Team members packed a community van and unloaded at the Refugee Resettlement Office and then the new home of an Afghan family. We delivered to Nafisa and her teen children.  We didn’t share a language; fortunately,…

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Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger The New York Times Looks at Churches and Afghan Refugees   What do Afghan refugees and churches like CHS have in common? As our faith community has prepared to ease the path of Afghan refugees to their new homes so have other faith communities across the U.S. In the usually secular pages…

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Outreach work with Afghan Refugees

Vashon Afghan Resettlement Team (VART) Holy Spirit’s Outreach Committee, working with other island faith groups, is responding to the needs of Afghan Refugees settling in the Seattle area.  Called the Vashon Afghan Resettlement Team (VART), the team is working with the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office and islanders to help Afghan families create their…

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Bilingual Books for Vashon’s Spanish-Speaking Children

Last year when Rotary agreed to build a bookshelf for the Spanish Community on the island, Church of the Holy Spirit, along with the Vashon School District, committed to donating books to stock the shelves. With input from the Spanish speaking community, the request was made for children’s bilingual books and sets of English/Spanish books.…

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Picnics to Go program

Vestry member Rick Edwards presents to Emily Scott, Director of Vashon Food Bank, a $500 contribution from CHS to go toward the purchase of food for the Picnics-To-Go program.      

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Outreach to the Hispanic Community

About a year and a half ago in the annual meeting there was a discussion of how the church could help the greater Vashon community.  I suggested swimming lessons for those unable to afford them.  John Bean told me there was interest in the idea, we met to discuss the next steps and then COVID…

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