Fire Recovery

September 12, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of St. Mark's:

These last few days have brought unprecedented wildfire activity to our area, decimating the cities of Phoenix and Talent as well as causing sporadic damage in other areas. While we are committed to being the hands and feet of Christ and helping where we can, St. Mark's is not a social service agency nor a relief agency. We intend to help more in the long-term, but for now we suggest that you direct any charitable giving to these agencies:

  • Family Nurturing Center
    The FNC is in contact with families in need, many of whom are current clients.
  • Maslow Project
    Specializing in addressing the needs of homeless children and teenagers, Maslow Project is actively working with newly homless kids, teens, and families.
  • Rogue Retreat
    Through its Temporary Urban Campground, Kelly Shelter, Hope Village, Thrift Shop, and other initiatives, Rogue Retreat has been actively assiting in getting homeless individuals into both temporary and long-term housing. The need has never been greater.
  • St. Vincent de Paul
    A well-regarded social service agency currently providing parking-lot camping, laundry and shower facilities, and bagged lunches as well as ongoing social services.
  • United Way of the Jackson County
    The United Way has started a Jackson County Fire Fund that will address both immediate and long-term needs.

All of the above are solid, long-standing agencies who can put your donations to use where they are most needed. If you would like to give directly to St. Mark's, click here and we will pass your donation along to those who need it.

If you are in urgent need, please contact one of the above agencies first. If they are unable to meet your need, contact our church office at (541) 773-3111 or via email our Rector by clicking here and we will do our best to assist you.

As far as St. Mark's is concerned, we have invited the Family Nurturing Center to use our new Parish Hall for storage and distribution of clothing, food, and other emergency supplies and will continue to do so. We are also investigating opening our building to house displaced residents, but as yet do not have the capacity to do so. Please continue to check back to find out about opportunities for service and support and, of course, donations are always welcome.

Blessings,

-- Tom+

The Rev. Tom Sramek, Jr.
Rector