Homeless Ministries

 REACH Center of Hope

coh bird logoREACH sponsors the Center of Hope program for Renton-area homeless families – moms and dads with their children, and a few single women. There are two parts to the Center of Hope – the Day Center that is housed in the basement of Renton city hall and the night shelter that offers a safe place for the families to sleep. Contact Donna Stock at (425) 226-9023 if you’re interested in volunteering at either the day or the night shelter.

INM_logo_(horizontal_-_no_background)Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all.

The Buzz About Malaria

I was first exposed to malaria at the age of 8 reading a chapter of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House On the Prairie book entitled Fever N’ Ague It opens by graphically describing the Ingalls clan being bed-ridden with shaking chills and high fever and flu-like symptoms. With the help of friendly neighbors who cook food and provide countless dippers of water to quench the family’s burning thirst, and the kind treatment of a country doctor named Doctor Tan, the crisis eventually passes. Pa explains that their sickness Fever N Ague is caused by breathing the night air, leading Ma to prohibit her children from joining Pa in eating a watermelon because Ma believed it was “exposed to night air.” The author then concedes her parents had it all wrong. The Ingalls had been stricken with malaria due to mosquito bites. Next time we will look at malaria in the modern age, some statistics about malaria, and recommended treatments. Stay tuned.


Rod Haynes

ARISE (Area of Renton Interfaith Shelter Endeavor)

This shelter is located in different Renton area churches for periods of one month.  This spring Fairwood Community UMC will be the “support church” and is responsible for the days of April 16-30.  Volunteers will be responsible for preparing and serving the evening meal at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton. For questions call Joe Meyers, 425-204-8844.


This is our mission to help feed homeless men in the Kent area. Fairwood UMC provides dinner and lunches each year on the dates of September 16-30. There are currently 12 churches in the program. Some are host churches and others are support churches, and some churches do both. Our church has been a support church and has been participating in this program for over 10 years. Meals are provided for up to 25 men at the Holy Spirit Parish located in downtown Kent at 327 2nd Ave S. We usually have two families that volunteer for each night. Dinner is cooked at home and brought to the church. Lunches are also provided for the men. For questions contact Ed or Deanna Hirota at 425-235-0867.

grnlogoWay Back Inn provides transitional housing to homeless children and their families helping them rebuild their lives, dignity and self confidence. Our 11 units in Renton, Tukwila and Kent Washington offer families a warm, safe and comfortable place to stay while they work towards their goals of moving their lives forward. For information or volunteer opportunities call our Program Manager at 425/432-6766. Our coordinator at Fairwood is Don Andersen.  Call the church office at  425-228-4577 to leave a message for Don.