Shoreline Community Care began
in 1994 as a ministry of Northwest Church of Christ in Shoreline, WA.
We are currently a cooperative effort of several churches in Shoreline
operating as an independent non-profit organization.
The primary activity of Shoreline Community Care is to help people
who are in need in Shoreline, WA in the name of Jesus Christ. We have
a remote-accessible answering machine with a message that promises a 48-hour
response. A Response Team Leader monitors this message machine. The Response
Team Leader refers calls to teams of volunteers (the "Response Teams")
who return the calls, conduct fact-finding interviews, verify the information
and determine an appropriate response. We help with needs that we determine
to be legitimate. Most of the calls we get are calls for help with rent,
food, utility bills, and household goods. The money is sent to the landlord,
or the utility company, the client is given food from a food pantry or
household goods are delivered. Occasionally we will get a call asking
for help with yard work or home repairs. In these cases, we arrange for
the work to be done by volunteers or to be paid for by Shoreline Community
Care. Cash is never given directly to the client. We have a phone line
available 24 hours a day, every day.
Shoreline Community Care is developing Care Teams who will follow up
with clients after the initial aid is given, to see if further help
is needed such as job training, or counseling. The goal is to come alongside
people to help them to become self-sufficient members of society, as
well as to introduce them to Jesus Christ and offer the opportunity
to become involved in a local church where they can develop a permanent
support system.We also plan to develop Care Corp teams, which would
operate in each church, that participates in the ministry of Shoreline
Community Care. These people would promote Shoreline Community Care
within their congregations, recruit new volunteers and keep their congregations
informed of developments within Shoreline Community Care.