Women's Pastoral Advocacy
In Skagit County, there are numerous women who are caught in cycles of abuse, poverty, addiction, and incarceration. TNWomen's Pastoral advocates seek to provide 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, the estimated number of women outside of jail who we served is 60. These are women who we meet through the jail, the faith community, recovery circles, the Family Support Center, and the gang ministry. We follow up withwomen when they get out of jail, as well as write to women who are transferred to prison. We lead Bible Studies and do one-on-one visits with women in jail.
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, having weekly time to spend with them, 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