Rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed…So then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator while doing what is good. 1 Peter 4:13 & 19
On the morning of July 5, our team in Kenmore went to open our center and found that it had been vandalized. The vandal broke a window, burned and left an American flag on our property and left graffiti with the words “if abortions aren’t safe, you aren’t either.”
We are saddened that any person would choose to use vandalism, intimidation and threats of violence to try to make a point. We believe people who commit such crimes do not understand what we do and do not understand that in hurting us, they ultimately hurt the vulnerable women and families we are serving.
Within an hour of discovering the vandalism, fellow Christians and community members showed up with support and encouragement.
Volunteers cleaned up everything in time to open and serve clients that day.
Our landlord stopped by and offered assistance and support.
Several neighboring businesses also brought encouragement.
A person visiting the local jeweler saw the window and made a cash donation.
All of this happened before the arrival of the first client of the day. When she arrived, everything was ready, and she was warmly welcomed into our center.
Continuing to Offer Care
It’s times like this that draw us closer together and strengthen our determination to serve the women and families of our communities.
And we are more resolved than ever to continue the work we have been doing for the past 40 years –providing free, compassionate, confidential, non-judgmental care to every woman who walks through our doors.
What can you do?
If you would like to help us in continuing to provide compassionate care to women and families in the Puget Sound area, consider joining our prayer team or making a financial gift.
So far, our expenditures for security and repairs are in the range of $20,000. We will have additional costs for improvements to security systems, replacing window blinds, building upgrades (window upgrades and similar) to improve security.
We are grateful for any amount you can give to help cover these unbudgeted costs—in addition to our planned budget. You can make a gift of any size.
To everyone who continues to partner with us in serving women and families—thank you. We are grateful for the way each one of you makes this work possible through your prayers, giving and service.