United Methodist Women Receive Award From Tacoma Community House
Tacoma Community House honored United Methodist Women for years of service and support at its 103rd annual luncheon in Tacoma, Wash., April 5.
“They are our founders, our creators—that’s the first thing,” said center director Liz Begert Dunbar, explaining why United Methodist Women was given the award. “They provided our building, and they’ve continued to support us all 103 years of our existence. United Methodist Women provides financial support from the national, conference and local levels, and we have volunteers from the local units.”
Dunbar said local United Methodist Women groups supply the center with school supplies in the fall, Easter baskets in the spring, survivor kits for victims of domestic violence and sometimes they donate cash.
Each year, hundreds of supportive community members attend Tacoma Community House’s annual luncheon to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and raise money to support the life-saving and life-affirming work of our programs and services. Yvette Kim Richards, president of United Methodist Women’s national board of directors, accepted the center’s Founders Award on behalf or the organization.
“While in town, I visited Tacoma Community House and had the opportunity to see the center in action,” Richards said. “I met with people in the internship program for immigrants and refugees and another diverse group of people preparing for the workforce with GED tutoring, resume writing and interview skills building. I also met with staff helping immigrants learn English and collect all the necessary documents to become citizens.
“That’s United Methodist Women’s faith, hope and love in action.”
During the luncheon, the center also gave its 2013 Tacoma Community House Alumni Award to former client Jok Nhial, one the 3,600 “lost boys” of Sudan who, orphaned by their country’s civil war, trekked to refugee camps in Kenya before being admitted to the United States in 2001.
Yvette Moore is editor of response magazine.