New Ground Bothell – YOU are making a difference! Thank you! 

5 09 2017

New Ground Bothell shared with us a personal story of a mother who went through program: 
JB is a 22 year old Mom with a 2 1/2 year old son, JG. Prior to coming to New Ground Bothell she was kicked out by family and was unable to live with the father of her child due to some significant domestic violence issues. She started living in a car that did not run and was parked in a storage unit rented by her grandfather. She is an extremely bright, capable young woman, however she had to drop out of Everett Community college where she had been attending to study Criminal Justice because going to school when you are homeless and have a child is nearly impossible. She said she had lost all hope.
 After moving in to NGB she continued to have an on/off relationship with the father of her child that was not healthy. The police were involved with some frequency and each time our amazing Bothell Police officers showed compassion in how they handled the situation. The intervention and follow up from police, staff and other supports helped JB build on her self esteem. 

 Through all of the chaos, she chose to focus on herself and her son. She was an incredible cook and always took care of other moms in our program by making meals and sharing or inviting other moms over to her apartment for dinner. She was a true caretaker with a heart of gold. This strength lead her to identify a profession helping others as a career interest. She enrolled at Lake Washington Institute of Technology with a desire to get a certificate to be a Medical Administrative Assistant and after some careful consideration and a lot of success in her program, she decided she would apply for Nursing School to pursue her RN degree! JB said frequently that school was her escape. It gave her a feeling of accomplishment and hope for the future. She has continued her success and is on track to graduate with her Medical Assisting degree in December 2017.

 JB has also worked with several providers for both herself and her son during her time at NGB. She was excited to learn new things and see the positive change in both herself and her son. She especially worked hard with her son’s speech therapist and Healthy Start Parenting Specialist to create structure and routine for JG which helped to reduce power struggles and give her son more predictability. JB’s new success and strong self esteem helped her to end the abusive relationship with her partner, however she felt that it was important for her son to have a relationship with his father, so she pursued a parenting plan requesting supervised visits with his dad giving him the ability to continue to have a relationship with his dad’s side of the family. Her willingness to get plugged in to program and community resources for support helped her to make such a dramatic and healthy turn around in her life. 

 On her last day in our program, she wrote this quote on our door board.

 “I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place.

Maya Angelou

As you can see, all your generous donations are helping a very important and very much needed program. Thank you!  
We are doing well in Welcome Basket items, thanks to your donations! New Ground a Bothell does still need our help though.  
Can you help clean units or the common areas at New Ground Bothell? A number of residents have moved on to permanent housing, so there are some units that need cleaning before new residents can more in. They also need someone to clean the common areas on a monthly basis. Cleaning could be done on weekdays or weekends. If you can help, please contact Carol Packard at ‪425-481-5611‬.


Riverton Park Work Parties

28 08 2017

On Saturday, August 26th, a group of folks from Bothell UMC assembled at Riverton Park UMC (Tukwila, WA) for a day’s worth of community service.  Led by Alan Jacobsen, and Jim O’Farrell, the team comprising not only Bothell UMC members but others in the community interested in serving the greater good – including those of other faiths and diverse backgrounds.


A lot was accomplished!  The team built platforms for temporary housing, put up siding for permanent housing and painted walls both inside and out!  All of the housing is being targeted for homeless FAMILIES although single homeless people will also be accommodated.

Interesting fact – over 80 unique languages are spoken in East Tukwila, Washington and the median income is around $20K so we are talking about a place where there is a real need for housing, jobs, training, and support.  Riverton Park is well-known in the area for their support of the community, so we are fortunate to be able to help them.

If you are moved to take action and help in this project – we have our next work party scheduled for Saturday, September 30th from 9 am to 2 pm at Riverton Park UMC.  Come one – come all – we provide the essentials including food and water.  Any and all can contribute their talents to this worthwhile cause.

For more information, email Jim O’Farrell – or give him a ring at 425-941-7175 and get ready to work and play hard with the BUMC rock stars!

All hands on deck! Great news from New Ground Bothell means we need YOU!

15 08 2017

We received great news from New Ground Bothell (NGB), six NGB mothers are ready to move out and start their next chapters! This means six new mothers will be moving in! We need your help please to ensure the new mothers and babies have everything they need in their Welcome Baskets.  TJ Maxx and Home Goods are good places to get discounted good quality items.
We need the following items to fill our Welcome Baskets please:
Dinner plates (set of 2)
Bowls (set of 2)

Baking dish (casserole)

Mixing bowls

Mixing and cooking utensils that are non-stick-pan-friendly

Crib blanket

Crib Sheet

Duvet Cover

Bed pillows (set of 2)

Full-sized sheet set

Hooded baby towel and washcloth

Bathmat (white)

Laundry basket

Monetary donations are always welcome and helpful as well. Please note New Ground Bothell when making your donation.   
Please place donation items in the New Ground Bothell donation box in the main hallway of the church. 
For more information on how you can get involved with New Ground Bothell, please email Jenn Chi at
Your generosity is greatly appreciated, thank you! 

Bothell is Called to Riverton Park UMC

10 08 2017

Last Sunday, August 6th, at all three services, Bothell UMC saw a video highlighting the opportunity to do “Christ’s work in the Community” as it relates to the Riverton Park United Methodist Church.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it – here’s the video:

More news!

On August 26th, we are forming a work party to be on site at Riverton Park United Methodist Church (RPUMC)  from 9-4PM.  We are looking for volunteers to assist with some specific tasks throughout the day and also a few volunteers to assist with lunch for the workers!

Riverton Garage


  1. Hang a door
  2. Build a camper pad – this will be a model for building more of these for temporary housing units
  3. Set up a garage (that’s right! – Ever built a garage?  Building a garage could be a once in a lifetime experience!
  4. Install sheeting on one side of a single story house.
  5. Painting – and who doesn’t love painting? It’s a great way to see your contribution immediately and have fun in the process!

If you are called to any of these tasks and have that Saturday the 26th of August available, please contact Jim O’Farrell at either 425-941-7175 or email and let me know you are interested!

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The Rest of the Story

Riverton Park UMC is in a fairly low income, high ethnically diverse area (over 80 native languages spoken in area schools). According to the folks at RPUMC, the rental vacancy rate in the area is about 1% which means it is very hard for folks to find housing.

RPUMC is a rather small, aging UMC congregation (approx. 20 average Sunday attendance) that also hosts three other religious fellowships (Spanish, Samoan, and Chin). RPUMC has a food bank that operates three days a week serving 100s of folks. RPUMC has also been hosting people who are living in tents and RVs but is in the process of significantly redesigning their overall transitional housing capabilities. They are in the beginning phases of implementing a multi-year plan to supply various types of transitional housing in the Tukwila/Seatac area on their property. These initiatives funded through grants and the sale of portions of their property and used for low-income housing. RPUMC is taking a holistic approach to transitioning the homeless to stable housing by offering graduated transitional housing as well coordinating with other facilities such as Mary’s Place and various service providers.

Right now RPUMC is in need of people resources to help implement their overall plan. Also, while volunteers may help with building transitional housing, the common areas used by residents such as the kitchen, eating areas, bathrooms, and shower are in need of major maintenance and would not be covered by volunteers.

This effort is truly a “Becoming Christ in the Community” endeavor; lending our resources, arms, and legs to a place that God is already at work in the community. Please consider joining us on August 26th to pitch in on the various projects. And if this is something that you’d still like to do but can’t make August 26th, please let us know as we plan to have future work parties to support RPUMC.

Thanks all, and God Bless for your thoughts, prayers, and support for this!

– Jim O’Farrell

The gift of time! 

8 08 2017

You can make a huge difference in a young family’s life with a trip to the grocery store. Once or twice a month could you drive a mother and her child to go grocery shopping? 
Below you will find the days and times New Ground Bothell needs volunteer drivers:
 – To Grocery Outlet in Kenmore or WINCO in Edmonds on Mondays at 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. or Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m .
 – To the food bank at the Kenmore Hopelink facility on the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of the month between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
 Car seats are provided.
To volunteer to drive or for more information, please reach out to Carol Packard at and/or Jennifer Chi at . 

New Ground Bothell- We need your help to welcome two new mothers!

25 07 2017

New Ground Bothell will be welcoming two new mothers and their babies soon, which means we will need to deliver two new Welcome Baskets! In order to provide these much needed baskets, we need your help please! We currently need:
Laundry basket
Duvet Covers

Hooded baby towel and washcloth

Mixing bowls

Baking dish (casserole)

Crib blanket

Full-sized sheet set

Silverware (2 sets)

Please drop off all donations in the New Ground Bothell donation box at the church!  

For more information on other ways of getting involved with New Ground Bothell, please contact Jennifer Chi @

Thank you for your continued support! 

New Ground Bothell Update – Making a Difference! 

17 07 2017

Thank you to everyone who has supported New Ground Bothell!  Your kindness has allowed us to already deliver two Welcome Baskets so far this summer. 

More great news to share is we anticipated that three more women will be moving into permanent housing soon. This give us the opportunity to welcome three more mothers to New Ground Bothell. 

To fill their Welcome Baskets we currently need:

Laundry basket
Comforter (full or queen sized)

Hooded baby towel and washcloth

Mixing bowls

Baking dish (casserole)

Crib blanket

Full-sized sheet set

Silverware (2 sets)

Crib Sheet

Please place donations in the New Ground Bothell donation box. 

Monetary donations are always welcome and helpful for any last minutes needs.  

Thank you for your generosity and support! 

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