Women's Pastoral Advocacy
In Skagit County, there are numerous women who are caught in cycles of abuse, poverty, addiction, and incarceration. TN Women's Pastoral advocates seek to provide a holistic approach through combining pastoral care and advocacy, addressing both root issues as well as systemic blocks, meeting folks where they are at in their journey. This includes practical support navigating various obstacles, such as housing, jobs, debt, licensing, addiction, domestic violence, and parental custody. We seek to love people and connect them to the unconditional love of Jesus, and wholeheartedly welcome them into a new community of faith. We invite people into a new kind of family that is a safe and healing space where people’s true selves can surface.
In 2016, we served about 60 women outside of jail. These are women who we meet through jail ministry, the faith community, recovery circles, the Family Support Center, and the gang ministry. We follow up with women when they are released, as well as write to women who are transferred to prison. We lead Bible Studies and visit one-on-one.
We walk with many single mothers and seek to be a positive and consistent presence in the lives of their children through attending school and sports events, scheduling weekly time together, and praying with and for them on Sundays and throughout the week. We seek to create a safe and loving community that can help draw people out of isolation into relationship and healing.
Contact: Bethany Dearborn Hiser