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May is Foster Care Awareness Month

May is Foster Care Awareness Month! We are so grateful for those who sacrificially care for children and families in need. You are not just helping one child or one family, you are participating in the hope and health of our entire community.

Kindred Connections | Awareness and Opportunities
Kindred Connections walks beside families by providing mentoring relationships for parents and temporary housing for children in times of need. In partnership with local churches, volunteers build connections with vulnerable families and open their homes to children. While their children are safe, parents can address the difficult season of life. Kindred Connections keeps children safe and gives families hope. For more information and for volunteer opportunities, visit

Featured Project: Kindred Connections Family Fun Appreciation Project
Westside Church has committed to creating an over-the-top Family Fun Basket for every single Kindred Connections Family that is presently hosting a child! To be a part of this outpouring of love and support, please bring the following items to the Westside Church Office on or before May 23rd. Office hours are M-Th, 9am-2pm.

Items needed for Family Fun Baskets—feel free to get creative!

  • Books — young adult fiction, early readers, and children’s
  • Legos — aged 5-7 and 12-16
  • Learning toys — all ages
  • Lotions and body washes
  • Arts & crafts supplies
  • Family friendly DVDs
  • Board or card Games
  • Puzzles
  • Baking mix, cookie cutters, cupcake liners
  • Water bottles or travel cups
  • Tools
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • $25 family fun center gift cards
  • $25 Regal gift cards
  • $25 restaurant gift cards
  • $25 store gift cards

Every Child Central Oregon | Awareness and Opportunities
Every Child Central Oregon mobilizes community to uplift children and families impacted by foster care in Oregon. Every Child Central Oregon works in close relationship with ODHS.

Have you ever wondered what the journey of becoming a foster parent is like? Are you interested in hearing experienced foster parents share about the joys and heartbreaks of foster care in a no-pressure environment? Visit to register for an upcoming Zoom call or event that will give you the inside story and answer your questions.

Every Child Central Oregon Family Fun Night Project
Westside Church is sponsoring a Redmond Pool Swim Night in May which will serve up to 75 kids & providers. Thank You for your faithful giving that allows us to be a generous church!

ODHS Appreciation Project
We had the pleasure of sponsoring a group of ODHS workers for a night of axe throwing. The workers had a wonderful night out together, and felt cared for and appreciated. Thank you Westside Church!