Interfaith Coalition - Tiffany Heimberger House. Garden Street United Methodist Church is proud to partner with Interfaith Coaltion and the Opportunity Council to provide housing and case management services for homeless families with children in a house maintained and supplied by our church.
Jamaa Letu Orphanage. Each spring, GSUMC collects special offerings to support this United Methodist orphanage in the South Congo which serves children from infancy to completion of secondary school who have been orphaned by war, disease (including HIV/AIDS), abuse and abandonment. The orphanage provides shelter, food, clothing, supplies, health care, spiritual guidance and school fees.
Layette Program. A layette is commonly given as a baby gift upon the birth of a newborn. The official definition of a layette is, "an outfit of clothing, bedding, etc. for a newborn baby."
Found in all major department stores and many boutique baby shops, a layette set is often sold as a prepackaged set containing things such as a blanket, pajamas, booties, onesies, and a cap. Our members hold regular collections of layette items, including diapers, and package them for distribution to homeless, at-risk families who have newborns.
Lydia Place. Garden Street members regularly make in-kind and financial donations to Lydia Place, to support women and children living in transitional housing in Bellingham.
Opportunity Council School Supply Drive. Our members collect school supplies for homeless and low-income children each August.
Pride Parade. You'll see members of Garden Street UMC walking together in the Pride Parade every July in Bellingham.
Puget Sound Blood Center. Our members host an annual blood drive at the church during the summer months.
Special Offerings. Every year, the Mission Outreach Team collects special offerings on Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, and Thanksgiving to benefit local outreach programs that serve low-income, homeless and at risk populations.