“Making it Home” – Calvin Adopted a Jacob’s Well Apartment
Calvin supported the construction of the Jacob’s Well project (now referred to as Vision House Shoreline) with Community Outreach funding from near the beginning of the project’s inception. Many members and friends of the congregation have supported it as well with funds, in-kind donations and volunteer hours.
During the Summer of 2013 Calvin adopted a Jacob’s Well Apartment to create a warm, welcoming and healing living space for the women and children who will call Jacob’s Well home. Over 80 Calvin households contributed funds and in-kind donations to completely furnish a whole home. A mom and her baby will be able to move in and have everything they need, linens and window coverings, kitchen items, furniture, food, every basic home essential!
The adoption of this apartment is ongoing. When the first Mom gets back on her feet and prepares to move out on her own, she will take some of the more personal items, sheets, towels, etc., with her. Calvin members will again help to prepare the apartment for its new residents.
Vision House Shoreline (originally known as Jacob’s Well)
Since 1990, Vision House in Renton has successfully provided transitional housing, support services and child care for homeless mothers and their children with a progressive, Christ-centered model that radically transforms lives. Vision House has a strong success rate. Since 2002, 90% of the residents in their family programs have transitioned to permanent housing, employment and financial stability.
A group of Christian business leaders and clergy members in the north end came together with the goal of uniting the Christian community to serve the greater Seattle area in a way that one church could not do alone. They invited Vision House into the community and pledged their support to help build a complex to provide housing and support services for homeless families. They named the effort Jacob’s Well. Thanks to local businesses, churches and community groups rallying with funding, in- kind donations and thousands of volunteer hours, the Jacob’s Well facility in Shoreline was built debt-free.