Speaker Date Topic
Ron Mickelson Jan 22, 2021 7:00 AM
Mike Murphy Jan 29, 2021 7:00 AM
Kelly Wilson Feb 05, 2021 7:00 AM
Homeless Backpack Project

Homeless Backpacks began with group of girlfriends, moms and a grandmother who sat around the dinner table one night and started talking about the most effective way to help homeless people.

The conversation expanded beyond “just talk” and each party-goer decided to bring one survival item to their next gathering, to fill 20 backpacks.  They loaded the backpacks and set out a few days before Thanksgiving in 2004 with the Lacey police department to deliver the backpacks to the area’s homeless men and women.

The Olympian picked up the story and ran a front page picture of a volunteer distributing a pack to a homeless man.  Homeless Backpacks Chair, Kelly Wilson had innocently given the reporter her home phone number so he could contact her with further questions . . . so the bottom of the article appeared her  phone number. The community began calling asking how they could help. People didn’t know they weren’t a formal organization.

Over the course of the next few months, the group organized, learned more about homelessness from community experts, and opted to focus on homeless teens. Kids get fed breakfast and lunch at school, but there are very limited options over the weekend.  The group spent some time with Robert Coit at Thurston County Food Bank to design a program to provide food on the weekend for homeless middle school and high school teens.

And, the Homeless Backpacks program was formed.

The program started small, with 5 kids in Tumwater. School counselors talked to other counselors and we are now serving between 600+ students per week across Thurston County.

Larry Jefferson Feb 12, 2021 7:00 AM
Criminal Justice issues in Thurston County.

Join us to learn from our club's member Larry Jeferson about criminal justice from his perspective.

Nancy Decker Feb 19, 2021
Rainier Food Bank

Who are we? 

Our emergency food center organization serves the rural Thurston County area as a satellite of the Thurston County Food Bank.  We are currently the second largest center serving the many families and individuals affected by the current down-turn in the local economy. We serve an average of seven hundred families per month.  

Open: Wednesdays and Saturdays     
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

We do provide delivery to those who qualify. 

Rainier Emergency Food Center (REFC) has an open door policy and provides after-hours service for those in need. We currently operate through the generosity of donations and grants. We currently have twenty three dedicated volunteers servicing those in need.

Place: Valley Heart Assembly of God
      11318 Vail Cutoff Road SE
 Rainier, WA 98576

Email: REFC99@gmail.com




Loren "Skip" Steffen,Olympia Union Gospel Mission Feb 26, 2021 7:00 AM
The OUGM delivers multiple services to the homelesz. From food to a mobile Dental clinic
The OUGM delivers multiple services to the homelesz.  From food to a mobile Dental clinic

The Olympia Union Gospel Mission provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to those in crisis.