Help Us Move In, Inc. (HUMI) is celebrating 16 years of helping children in Thurston County to escape homelessness. Beginning as part of First United Methodist Church Olympia's annual pledge drive in 2000, this charity has since raised over $200,000, thanks in large part to generous donations made by members of FUMCO.
The brainchild of Burt Sarver, FUMCO member, Burt founded Help Us Move In, Inc. - with the help of his lively wife Ginger and his amazing sister, Ann Meritt - to expand the reach and opportunities to include donors from other faith communities, businesses throughout the state, and many non-profit organizations, big and small. Since its inception, HUMI has helped over 1,300 children and their families escape homelessness.
How was it done? In partnership with the Family Support Center of South Sound, which identifies and provides services to families experiencing housing crisis, HUMI's average cost per child is $153 to move a family HOME.
Donations can be made online or via check to the Family Support Center, memo "homeless no more challenge".