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School supply donation drive for Hopelink Kenmore Place families

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School supply donation drive for Hopelink Kenmore Place families

Soon children will be returning to school. This includes the children in families experiencing housing insecurity. For over five years, Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Washington, has had a school supply drive for these families at Hopelink Kenmore Place. You can help.

“My mother was a teacher. From her, I learned the importance of being ready to learn when the school year starts,” says Susan Switzer, who heads this drive. “School supplies are so expensive. Families experiencing homelessness have no money to spare to buy supplies for their children.”

This year’s drive lasts from now until August 20, 2023. Hopelink has given Redeemer the list of items needed. Go to
to donate items from this list or to donate money.

To donate items, choose them from the on-line catalog. It works as an on-line store because it uses store software. Once you’ve selected your donations, go to your favorite store to buy them, and bring them to Redeemer. Deliver them to the main doors at Redeemer on Sunday mornings from now through August 20, 2023.

Do not deliver your donations during the week, as there are times when no one can receive your donations. Do not bring your donations to the parish hall on the lower level.

Redeemer accepts money donations for this drive, too. Things always happen that cannot go into the plans, like new residents. From, use the link to donate money earmarked for the school supply drive. Any extra funds received will go to Redeemer’s other outreach efforts with Kenmore Place.

If you have any questions, Susan Switzer and Jillian Gerke are spearheading the school supply drive this year. In addition to talking to them on Sunday mornings, you can send a message to

Because people give to this school supply drive, a child facing housing insecurity will have pencils when school starts.


We are a nonprofit organization working to end poverty in our community. Each year we help more than 64,000 people through programs that provide stability and the skills and knowledge needed to exit poverty.

Hopelink provides a network of critical social services through a number of different programs—including housing, transportation, family development, financial assistance, employment programs, adult education, financial literacy training, and five food banks.

For families experiencing homelessness, transitional and long-term housing as well as emergency family shelter may be available through Hopelink.

Read more about Hopelink.

Church of the Redeemer

Welcome to Church of the Redeemer: Worshiping God, living in community, and reaching out to the world. We are an Episcopal Church serving north King County and south Snohomish County, Washington. As you travel your road, go with friends walking the way of Jesus at Redeemer.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. And we managed to hide a large building on the side of a hill that is not easily seen from the street.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

Before loading the backpacks with school supplies in August 2022
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