Outreach at Holy Innocents
Holy Innocents Church in Duvall seeks to fulfill its mission of service to all in need who come to seek aid. We have to limit our outreach to those who live in the Duvall/Woodinville/Monroe/Carnation area. There is no charge for these services and we do not discriminate for any reason
For those who are hungry there is the Holy Innocents Food Pantry in the church basement
- Open Wednesdays 10:00 am – 11:45 pm and
- Open Wednesdays 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm
For those who need clothing, there is the Holy Innocents Clothing Closet in the church basement during the same times.
For those who need financial help, there is the local St. Vincent de Paul Conference. Contact the parish office.
For those who need transportation help such as rides or gas vouchers
Contact the parish office.
Other outreach programs that Holy Innocents supports with financial and volunteer help:
- Lunch Bunch at HopeLink in Carnation
- Lazarus Day Center in Seattle
Other groups who provide outreach connected to Holy Innocents Church
Every Thursday morning a group of volunteers gather at the HopeLink Service Center in Carnation. This is an unusual group because it is one of the longest-lasting ecumenical groups in the Snoqualmie Valley.More than 20 years ago, a letter went out to all the service organizations in the Valley inviting them to a meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to consider a ministry of hospitality to the people who come each week to the Food Bank. Four organizations sent representatives to that first meeting: Tolt Congregational Church and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Carnation, Fall City Methodist Church, and Holy Innocents Church in Duvall. Those four groups are still involved. They call themselves the Lunch Bunch.
Each week the volunteers serve lunch to between 50 and 90 people. They never know exactly how many will show, but it works out that there is enough for all. In January 2002 they served 323 meals, an average of 65 a week. They always have two entrées, sandwiches, salad, and dessert.
The first week of the month is Holy Innocents’ week. Currently, parishioner Adele Rainville and plan and shop for the lunch menu. In addition, Holy Innocents donates $45 a month to the overhead of the Lunch Bunch project as do the other 3 churches. Much of that money goes for non-food supplies such as paper and plastic items. In the early years, Lunch Bunch also received funding from the Archdiocesan Rice Bowl collection (collected every Lent). There used to be funding from King County in the beginning years as well.
Volunteers from all the churches come together and prepare the meal. On the first Thursday in February, the menu was lasagna, curried lentil soup, garlic bread, green salad, two kinds of sandwiches (egg or meat), and dessert. The word is that everyone looks forward to the first week of the month because Holy Innocents has some of the best recipes! The other churches take a different Thursday a month to organize a meal.
Some other supporters of this ministry are the Carnation IGA (salad and soup ingredients), Stock Pot Soups in Redmond, Carnation Starbucks (pastries), and the Carnation Senior Center. They also are able to use food from the Food Bank such as bread and other staples. St. Anthony Church has a “Tuna Drive” each February which supplies Lunch Bunch with enough tuna for a year.
One of the side benefits of this outreach ministry is the chance to get to know other Christians in the Valley. The volunteers grow together in mutual support of each other and each other’s churches.
Patty and Beth would welcome any Holy Innocents parishioners who might be interested in participating in the Lunch Bunch ministry. It would be good to have a couple of more parishioners involved. Contact the church office if you are interested.
Holy Innocents gives use of its facilities for non-profit community organizations such as various Boy and Girl Scout troops, Camelot Society (homes for disabled adults), Children’s Services of Snoqualmie Valley programs, 4-H, Soccer Associations, and other groups.
Holy Innocents has for many years provided space for Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings at a minimal charge.
Holiday Assistance/Giving Tree
Holy Innocents provides Thanksgiving meals for our Food Pantry families (supported by the generous financial contributions of parishioners). We put up a Giving Tree in November with gift suggestions for our Pantry families. Volunteers are needed to organize and distribute the Christmas gift cards and grocery certificates.
On Tuesday, volunteers gather in the afternoon to sort food and non-food items to set up for the Wednesday Pantry. Some of the tasks are dividing things like coffee, sugar, soap, preparing the paper bags, stocking the shelves, etc. Volunteers are scheduled once a month, and they are joined by others as they are available.
On Wednesdays, our pantry is open two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. Volunteers check in our clients and assist them in getting the food and packing up the groceries. Volunteers are scheduled about once every 4-6 weeks. Morning volunteers help restock items for the afternoon pantry session and afternoon volunteers help clean up and “put away” the pantry.
St. Vincent De Paul Society
Members of our St. Vincent de Paul Conference meet with and pray for those in need in our community. They provide financial assistance and encouragement. Contact Patty Sharp 425-788-4704 for more information.
Once or twice a year our St. Vincent de Paul members sponsor “Bundle Sunday” and have the SVdP truck at the parish for donations.
In January, our St. Vincent de Paul sponsors “Souper Bowl” Sunday. They decorate two barrels which represent the two teams playing in that year’s Super Bowl. Parishioners “vote” for their favorite team by donating food for the Food Pantry.
School Supply Drive
Late summer we ask for donations of school supplies for our Pantry families. Then we have volunteers who help hand out the items just before school starts so the children are prepared for the first day of school. Check the outreach school supply page for a list of much needed (and appreciated) items.
Social Justice Commission
The members of our Social Justice Commission meet to consider how our community can be informed and involved in social justice issues. Recent projects have included Fair Trade coffee, Habitat for Humanity, Tent City meals, organizing the Giving Tree program.
Lazarus Day Center Sandwich Making
Our community makes and delivers sandwiches to the Lazarus Day Center in Seattle each month. Volunteers shop for ingredients, make the sandwiches and drive the sandwiches into Seattle. Contact Jan Buchthal 425-788-1234 to find out about participating.
The Lazarus Day Center serves older homeless men in Seattle. Each month volunteers at Holy Innocents gather on the 19th of the month to make 200 sandwiches. They make ham and cheese sandwiches and sometimes a few salmon sandwiches.
On the 20th of the month, a parish volunteer picks up the sandwiches and drives them into Seattle. Sometimes we add some extra cakes or pastries the Food Pantry gleaners give us.
At Christmas time, we have collected personal hygiene and toiletry items, warm socks and hats, and put them in shoe boxes to give to the men at the Lazarus Center.