GROWING GREAT - HEALTHY GARDENING at MLK School in Marin City May 5, 2012
Kelly Guyton Serious Gardeners! Ben
Elizabeth Stromberg Kyle
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY San Francisco Homes
Westminster joins with other faith communities and owner families to build homes in the Bay Area. We are currently helping with a Habitat project in Daly City. Teams measure, saw, and pound nails on a regular basis. Volunteer leaders are Liz Arnold and Chuck Quick.
Iraqi child, Mustafa, came to the U.S. with Westminster assistant to receive a cochlear implant and restore his hearing. He arrived at the end of 2008 and touched the lives of the congregation members. In May 2012, he was hearing and speaking so well that he was able to be mainstreamed into the first grade. With love, the congregation released them to move to Seattle where they have family members and a larger Iraqi community. Pictured below are Mustafa and his father.
In the Spring of 1999, during the crisis in Kosovo, Westminster committed to helping resettle an ethnic-Albanian refugee family. They were helped with a home, food, furniture, job interviews, schooling, and English language training, involving at least 100 of the congregation members. As of April, 2000, the family became fully self-supporting but has remained in Marin County and kept a relationship with the congregation. Muhabere Vila is head staff person for the Sunday morning nursery program.
FOOD FOR OTHERS and MONTHLY WELLNESS CHECKS
Westminster teams with other local congregations to offer a hot meal every Thursday for hungry people. Congregants provide portions of the meal and serve on third and fifth Thursdays. Wellness Checks are also offered on the third Tuesday by nurse practicianer, Vickie Hagbom. Teams also provide meals for San Rafael Shelter and Voyager Carmel Shelter monthly on Wednesdays and special holidays.
TIBURON THRIFT SHOP
The Thrift Shop on Ark Row in Tiburon accepts donations of clothing and children's toys. Volunteers are needed on Mondays and Saturdays. Proceeds help local organizations including Westminster Presbyterian Church and mission projects. Coordinator: Carla Lantier.
Deacons at The Redwoods
Monthly a member of the Board of Deacons and other volunteers lead a short worship service in the Health Care Unit of The Redwoods Retirement Center in Mill Valley. Below, is master piano player Beverly Lambert who ends the program with very popular a show tune sing-along.
Mustafa from Iraq
After losing his hearing when a bomb exploded near his home in Iraq, Westminster and others helped Mustafa come to UCSF for a cochlear implant. He has now been reunited with his family, is learning to hear and speak English well and is living in Seattle.