LFP resident asks help for homeless shelter

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Photo courtesy University Temple UMC

Lake Forest Park resident Cynthia Sheridan is the shelter manager for the University Temple United Methodist Church Friday Day Center for the homeless and sees the need first-hand.

Here is her story.

Every Friday at the homeless shelter is a gift, a surprise package waiting to be opened … full of drama and intensity, complications and crisis, trial and tenderness and always, the unexpected.

Yet it’s hard to comprehend the presence of a newborn baby, his tiny soft bleats floating above a background of loud voices, scraping chairs and restless footsteps. But, here he is, snuggled in the corner, surrounded by a sea of dining tables, backpacks, and sleeping bags.

Outside it’s 47 degrees. Downstairs in the alley a shiny new buggy sits unguarded, stuffed to the gills with blankets and bottles, the home of this 43 day newbie and starkly, sadly, surprisingly out of place.

Here is your opportunity to be a part of the solution! We need clothes sorters, food servers, sandwich makers, store cashier/bagger -  two hour shifts Fridays only at University Temple Methodist Church in the U District at NE 43rd and 15th Ave NE .

For more information email Cynthia or contact the church office 206-632-5163.

They also accept donations of clothing and household items. Drop off at church office 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle 98105, Monday -- Friday 9am-2pm.


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