Plymouth's 2017 Change Grant recipient, Lambert House is a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth that empowers youth through the development of leadership, social and life skills.
The Board made its final decision to award Lambert House our next Change Grant. Lambert House is a non-profit serving Greater Seattle that advocates social justice for LGBTQ youth. They provide a safe space for youth to gather in the evenings and create a peer group with trusted adults. The Change Grant allows Lambert House to fulfill an on-going need to provide education and resources to clergy and parents who specifically reach out to Lambert House for guidance on supporting their LGBTQ youth.
“I’m grateful for your efforts and look forward to the transformative relationship we will forge together and how this grant may impact faith leaders, faith communities and LGBTQ families for generations to come,” said Rev. Steve Davis, Plymouth Executive Minister. Rev. Kelle Brown, Lead Pastor for Plymouth adds, “I am grateful for the discernment of the CSSA Board that sent us toward Lambert House to fulfull an ongoing need to provide education and resources to clergy and parents who specifically reach out to Lambert House for guidance to support their LGBTQ youth."
Ken Shulman, the organization’s Executive Director expressed, “There is an important opportunity right now for Lambert House to make a transformative difference for LGBTQ youth, their parents and their faith communities in Greater Seattle… We have no staff available to work with faith leaders, congregations, or parents that request our technical assistance or cultural competency training. A Plymouth Change Grant could change that.”
The Board connected with Lambert House and their mission is excited to see this partnership grow. CSSA Board Chair Joanie Stultz said, “I walked into Lambert House on Capitol Hill, and instantly felt like I was in a safe and comfortable space. It was clear why the stories of youth served by Lambert House are characterized by profound and lasting relationships, and why Lambert House is a viewed as a resource for community members seeking to support LGBTQ Youth more effectively.”
A subcommittee of 3-4 Plymouth members will form in Winter 2017-18 to work directly with Lambert House to identify opportunities for Plymouth members and friends to get involved with the proposed project and the organization. In coordination with the CSSA Board, Lambert House will prepare a semi-annual report for the congregation to learn about how funds have been put to work. We hope that you, members and friends of Plymouth Church, will have the opportunity to form deep relationships and stand with the grant recipient in times of service and advocacy, conversation and celebration over the next three years and into the future.