Social engagement is the extension of our practice beyond ourselves and into the larger community. There are many ways to get involved.
Social engagement is the extension of our practice beyond ourselves and into the larger community. There are many ways to get involved. Below is a list of ongoing projects led by members of SIMS along with contact information. Information is also posted on the social engagement bulletin board at the Tuesday-night sits. (View a PDF of the SIMS social engagement guidelines.)
In addition to our social engagement projects, SIMS has many integral volunteer roles that support activities within our sangha. If you're interested in participating in this way, please check our Volunteer Opportunities page or look for the sign-up sheets at the back table on Tuesday nights. Any questions regarding SIMS volunteering options can be emailed to our volunteer coordinator.
Since its inception in 1990, Noel House Programs has offered safe, comfortable shelter to a diverse community of homeless women. Over the years, their efforts on behalf of homeless women have grown to include a variety of services, including a Women's Referral Center, 5 volunteer-run shelters & 2 staffed shelters. Noel House Programs refers anywhere from 150-250 women nightly to these shelters, offers nightly meal service, and case management at the main Noel House shelter in downtown Seattle. In total, Noel House Programs assists 92 women with nightly shelter, 20 women with permanent housing, 180 women with nightly emergency shelter referrals, and 60 women with a summer shelter from May - September. They have a new family shelter in Bellevue that has a 50 person capacity.
Please direct questions to Colleen Hayward at the email below.