Congregation for the Homeless

Since there will never cease to be someone in need on the earth, I therefore command you, Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”Deuteronomy 15:11

One of the consequences of experiencing homelessness is a sense of disconnection and isolation from the greater community. The CFH model of building and nurturing respectful relationships with the men served allows gaps to be closed, community to be built, and opportunities to be maximized.

Congregations for the Homeless has a new name – they will soon be known as “Porchlight”.  They are grateful for gifts and meals and supplies provided recently and in the past, and have specific needs for September. What follows is the request from their new Rotating Shelter Lead, Riley.  (These are items for the Rotating shelter which moves to various churches. this is a separate request than that of the Emergency shelter.)

Riley wrote, I would like to also make you aware that we are in need of supplies and meals for the month of September to ensure we can continue to provide a safe and comfortable environment for these men who depend on our services. If you are able and willing to contribute to our September supply drive, your support would be immensely valuable. Your donations truly make a difference for these individuals. I have attached links below if you would like to sign up. 

September Meals –

September Supplies –

September Pantry Items –

Should you have any questions or require further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Once again, thank you for your invaluable support. We look forward to continuing our partnership in creating a brighter future for our less fortunate neighbors. 

Best, Riley Williams, CFH Rotating Shelter Manager

CFH has hired a new director-Troy Christensen and are stepping into their new facility, which has no kitchen yet (permit, city of Bellevue). In time, the emergency shelter may use our help cooking a meal once a month, but for now they need food dropped off. 

More importantly they need prayer support. The ministry begun 30 years ago has blossomed with much support from a wide community, and the need for it continues. Pray for the men, the staff and the agency. Pray for a kitchen permit process. Pray for staff openings to fill. 

Those who enjoy cooking for the CFH rotating shelter group in September, the emergency shelter men need large nutritious meals for 80 dropped off between now and October. You can signup for a lunch or dinner at

Please take the meals in disposable containers to the new location across I90 from Kaiser Group Health up the hill from Seattle Humane and down from the Eastgate Park & Ride. The dropoff address is 13668 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005. Look for the large cream/yellow building set back from the road. (The format here is not to stay and eat with the men, but drop & go.)

Those who enjoy shopping for the CFH group, the emergency shelter men have an ongoing pantry request list at

and non-pantry shelf staples are posted on the page at

(These non-pantry items could be brought to the Eastgate Way shelter).

Saint Margaret’s is one of three churches who helped establish Congregations for the Homeless more than 23 years ago. Congregations for the Homeless is now a wholly separate and independent non-profit.