ChristWalk

Ministries

P.O. Box 695 Lebanon, OR 97355 ...in the city that friendliness built

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

News

CHRISTWALK'S MONTHLY DONATIONS ARE LAGGING. ChristWalk's expenses run nearly $6,000 each month, even without paid staff. ChristWalk depends solely on the month-to-month support of the Lebanon community through patronage of the ChristWalk Thrift Shop, as well as through donations by local churches and individuals. But donations and Thrift Shop receipts have fallen off dramatically, endangering the continuation of our program. We thank you for your faithful support, and ask for special help at this time.

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CHRISTWALK CHANGES NAME TO CHRISTWALK MINISTRIES. Over the winter, ChristWalk has provided 1,216 shelter nights to women and families. ChristWalk Thrift Shop has provided over 1,000 hours a week of work experience and training for unemployed individuals. We have supplied clothing, furniture, and resource counseling to many more individuals and families struggling to survive and rebuild their lives.

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR SUCCESS STORIES. Resident C will move into her first home in 4 years. She now has a job and more importantly, the self-confidence to succeed. Resident M came to us from prison three years ago with many physical problems. Now healing, in May she will move into her own apartment, able to care for herself. Resident V came to us last fall from an abusive relationship. She has now left that relationship, has a job, an apartment and bought the first car she's ever had in her name. Resident T was referred to us by her mentor, as she is developmentally disabled and was being given heroin by a boyfriend. She is now safe in our Women's Home, left the boyfriend, and is working at ChristWalk Thrift Shop.

Martin Jones, ChristWalk Executive Director, is a retired Lebanon Schools educator who has worked over 11 years as a consultant for parents and educators working with children with Traumatic Brain Injury. He has also been a parenting educator working with families whose children are in foster care. Martin volunteers with Lebanon's Christmas Program and as Pastoral Assistant for Connections in the Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Martin can be reached at the ChristWalk Thrift Shop, 541-258-5426, as well as through the ChristWalk office number, 541-258-3387.

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CHRISTWALK'S WOMEN'S PROGRAM CASE MANAGER AND VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR, LE-ANNA DOTSON, IS NOW IN TRAINING AS A POTENTIAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. Le-Anna came to us by way of Barb Newton of Linn-Benton Community College's work experience program, and through funding from the Jobs Plus program there. Le-Anna has extensive personal experience dealing with homelessness through My Sister's Place and Samaritan House, and has a long-standing passion for helping the less fortunate.

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ChristWalk is seeking more volunteers for each Thrift Shop 4-hour shift (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.) and to pick up donations. In-store volunteers would sort, clean, and price donations; schedule pickups; put out priced goods and arrange the shop in an attractive way; and help customers with purchases. Someone skilled to test and price electronics is also needed, as well as a Shift Supervisor to manage other volunteers for a 4-hour shift. If you love to pick through boxes and find hidden treasures, give Le-Anna a call at the ChristWalk number, 541-258-3387 or at her cell phone 541-409-1281! You can also email leannad.christwalk@gmail.com. Please be aware that we require background checks for all our volunteers.

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CHRISTWALK THRIFT SHOP OPERATES AS A MINISTRY OFFERING MANY TYPES OF AID TO LOW-INCOME AND HOMELESS! ChristWalk Thrift Shop Manager Martin Jones has partnered with LBCC's Work Experience Program for DHS clients to work at the ChristWalk Thrift Shop, and with SES for developmentally delayed clients to also participate. The Shop serves as a location where those in need can find friendly faces and help with life's problems whenever they walk through the door.

REGULAR MONTHLY DONATIONS ARE NEEDED; HERE'S AN EASIER WAY TO GIVE MONTHLY. ChristWalk is deeply grateful to all those who have already agreed to be Foundation Stones, giving faithfully each month. Now you may give electronically each month, saving you the time and effort of writing and mailing a check. Just check the Bank Transfer box on one of our donation cards, then mail the card and a check for your first month's donation, showing your bank routing numbers, to PO Box 695, Lebanon, OR, 97355. If you can't find a donation card, just call the ACH administrator, June, at 541-926-1922 and leave a message if necessary. THANK YOU!

CHRISTWALK PARTNERS WITH COMMUNITY AGENCIES. ChristWalk partners with Parole & Probation, the Oregon prison system, DHS, the Lebanon Community Schools, Lebanon Police Department, Community Services Consortium, the Family Tree Relief Nursery, Albany's Adult Services Team, Linn County Drug Treatment Court, Good Samaritan Hospital's Social Work Dept., FISH of Lebanon, Teen Challenge, Lebanon Soup Kitchen, St. Vincent dePaul, Salvation Army, The River Center, Furniture Share of Linn-Benton, Senior & Disability Services, The Family Program, and Love INC. We also work with Albany Partnership for Housing's Permanent Supportive Housing Program, as a permanent location for selected female graduates whom the Partnership is able to accept.

ChristWalk believes strongly that Jesus Christ changes lives, and agrees with AA/NA that belief in a Higher Power helps free people from addictions. Our services are open to people of all faiths or no faith, and Bible studies are available, but never mandatory.

Our board members come from several local churches—the First United Methodist Church, the First Presbyterian Church, The River Center, and St. Bernard in Scio among others. If you would like to join our board, please call the ChristWalk office: 541-258-3387.