January 2023
Portland Ecclesia
Cottage Grove, OR
Recipient: Looking Glass Community Services’ Rural Program   Initiative: BagsofLove

My husband Eric and I live 150 miles away from our ecclesia in Portland, Oregon.  We were very happy that WCF’s Garden Project enabled us to deliver 20 sleeping bags to a charitable organization in our local community in Cottage Grove, Oregon for the third year. This year we were also able to deliver 24 fleece blankets. We again selected Looking Glass Community Services’ Rural Program. This wonderful organization provides a safe drop-in center for youth (ages 11-21) who are low-income, experiencing homelessness, at risk for homelessness, and/or who have run away and are interested in creating solutions that improve the quality of their lives. Looking Glass helps young people on their road to safely and stability by providing them with some essentials such as meals and clothing; helping them to communicate by phone and internet; and referring them to mental health services, school/GED programs and/or substance use recovery programs as needed. For more information, go to: https://www.lookingglass.us/about
With love in our Lord Jesus,
Jen Vortriede