At Wayside we believe that supporting groups that help those in need is part of what it means to be like Christ. Individual members contribute much more from their own resources to the endeavors that speak to their compassion.
In addition, many Wayside people volunteer to serve those in need in our community with their labor and healing presence. Some of the local organizations in our community that benefit from the time, talent, and resources from Wayside members are listed below.
Federal Way Community Caregiving Network
Members of Wayside help out once a month with the preparation and serving of the Wednesday night supper sponsored by the FWCCN. The meal is prepared and served at one of Federal Way’s other local churches. Wayside members also serve on the Board of Directors of the FWCCN, and several members participate in the annual Souper Supper fund raising effort of this organization.
Federal Way Multi-Service Center
Since 1971, the Multi-Service Center has helped low-income South King County residents create self-sufficient futures.
Through more than 30 comprehensive programs, such as housing, food and clothing, education and employment, MSC creates a healthy, safe and compassionate community by finding and implementing real solutions to the root causes of poverty.
Wayside members are encouraged to bring food each week to help stock the shelves of the local Food Bank at the Multi Service Center. Each month has a different emphasis on what types of food to bring. In addition to food, members bring clothing, blankets, towels, and gently used household items to help those in need. Members transport the items from the church to the MSC.
FUSION (Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy) serves Federal Way and Northeast Tacoma. The organization operates 15 units of transitional housing in Pierce and King Counties. Housing is provided to homeless families with children for up to twenty-four months. Each family is chosen and monitored by a professional case management agency that provides counseling and training as required to help the family become self-sufficient.
The program oversight is through a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers active in the community, including representatives from Wayside United Church of Christ, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, and Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal. The churches provide financial support and volunteers for work parties, and also donate items needed to furnish the houses when new families move in. Donations include furniture, bedding, cookware and dishes, and anything else the family may need to make a new start.
In 2017, the new FUSION Boutique was opened next to the Poverty Bay Café as a revenue-generating enterprise. Donated furniture items are offered to sale to the public and proceeds help the work of FUSION.
REACH OUT of Federal Way
Reach Out, a program of Catholic Community Services of King County (CCSKC), provides shelter, daily meals, and case management services to homeless adults at local Federal Way Churches during the coldest winter months. The program relies on partnerships with area congregations, community organizations, businesses, as well as may caring individuals and families.
Since 2008, during the five coldest months of the year, the Reach Out program provides overnight shelter for single, homeless men – a population otherwise not provided for in Federal Way’s “safety net”. People who would otherwise spend the night outdoors are given a meal and a place to sleep in one of the sponsoring churches. Since 2011, Reach Out provides the same program for homeless women in a separate location.
Established by community members of South King County in 1965 and a United Way agency since 1967, Valley Cities has provided mental health services to people of all ages for over 40 years. Through the ongoing support of our community, Valley Cities delivers compassionate care through comprehensive outpatient clinics located in Auburn, Federal Way, Kent and Renton. From our deep roots in South King County, we have thoughtfully expanded our programs and services in direct response to the changing needs of the communities we serve.
Today, Valley Cities offers licensed mental health counseling; chemical dependency treatment for adults; domestic violence services for survivors and perpetrators; homeless outreach services and housing programs; family support programs; and specialized veterans services that deliver counseling and family support services to veterans and their families.
An integral part of King County’s mental health system, Valley Cities also maintains active partnerships with other service providers in order to comprehensively meet the needs of those who make up our community.
Federal Way Community Connections
Several Wayside members participate in Community Connections’ (formerly City Vision) monthly meetings. At these gatherings, representatives share information and brainstorm ways to improve coordination of the many groups serving those in need in the Federal Way area.
Community Connections offers a common place for Service Organizations, Businesses, Faith Communities, Civic Clubs, and the community-at-large to work on issues collaboratively, breaking down silos and work together on common issues that will benefit the city.