St. Columba community shops for and funds all of the food we provide for our food bank. No one is turned away. We are open Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to Noon. When our garden is back up and running during the growing season we also have fresh garden produce to add to the canned and dried food. We also offer human dignity bags (soap, TP, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and the like), diapers and wipes, and have bags specifically for the homeless that require no cooking. Come join our team of volunteers. You can either volunteer on Wednesdays, become a shopper, or donate money to purchase the food.
Totem Middle School
One of the ongoing ministries of our St. Columba’s community is supporting Totem Middle School in our neighborhood where many of the students are low income. This has taken on many different forms over the years. Currently, we provide snacks for the food inscure students and buy Christmas presents for families who request it.
Come to my Garden
There are essentially two gardens at St. Columba. The produce from the one is distributed to the food bank patrons as well as the members. This is also where we grow flowers for the altar and wheat which our children and youth turn into communion bread. The other is signifiantly larger and is a true community garden. The Community Garden is sponsored by the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) New Roots program on our land. There are 35 garden plots available to IRC clients many of whom have recently immigrated from the Congo, Bhutan and Latin America. IRC’s New Roots program focuses on food access and the nutritional needs of families upon arrival in the U.S., and builds on the agricultural experience of many new refugee and immigrant families by providing access to land, materials, and education for program participants to grow healthy food.
Reach-out Winter Shelter
Pre-pandemic each spring and fall, St. Columba's hosts the ReachOut Winter Shelter, as part of their Federal Way program. We would provide shelter for up to 25 men who would otherwise be without shelter during some of the toughest months of the year. The Reach-out shelter has been on hold since the pandmic. We are currently discerning becoming an emergency shelter.
Support our Bees!
We care for bees on our property and in return they make honey! Sadly, many of our bees were stolen in fall 2022. We have since built a fence and the Bee Guild is hard at work nurturing the bees so they will produce honey once again. In th mean time our honey sales are on pause.
If you are interested in any of the above outreach activities please contact Meghan one of our Vicar's at firstname.lastname@example.org.