Monday, July 26, 2010

Success in Seattle


We are thrilled to report that Seattle area donors generously contributed almost $4,000 to Collateral Repair Project.  Our heartfelt thanks go to the people in the Seattle area for their kindness. These funds were raised on June 2nd at a musical fundraiser and auction was held at St. Patrick’s Church in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle.

People came from all over the region and for an enjoyable evening of song, music and fabulous desserts. Folk-singers, Jim Paige and Mark Taylor-Canfield as well as rousing singing of the Seattle Labor Chorus provided the entertainment. Our thanks go to the many talented individuals and local bakeries who provided their luscious treats for the dessert auction.  We’d also like to thank individuals and local businesses who donated items and services to the silent auction   Of special interest were the quilts featuring pictures drawn by Iraqi children in Amman. They were beautifully made by quilters in Vancouver, WA who generously gave of their time and effort. Mary Madsen, co-director of CRP,  spoke about current projects and her recent experiences in Amman.

Funds from this event have enabled Collateral Repair Project to provide several families in need with meat and chicken, back rent for a family facing eviction, emergency room expenses and medication for a man with no money who had a medical emergency, purchase of a sewing machine for a micro-project, diapers and newborn kits for three families with newborns, purchase and for delivery of two used, good condition refrigerators, give cash assistance to families we visited who had no have no income and began monthly cash assistance to a man who has no cash assistance from UNHCR and no other means of self support.

Karen Jones, our NW Regional Volunteer Liasion and a team of just 4 people put together this event—Jean Darsie, Cobra, Ruth Williams. On site, Fred Miller of Peace Action, Rosemary Lavisor, Sonjia Tilton and Martina Boyd were invaluable in setting up for the event. Bob Morgan of Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation did an amazing job on the sound. “We enjoyed doing this event so much and are so happy that it was successful beyond our expectations,” said Karen.  “If anyone reading this is interested in having an event or house-party for CRP, I’d be happy to speak with you and share some ideas.”  To learn more about this event, auction items, co-sponsors etc, check-out  To contact Karen about having an event or house-party, email

CRP sends our heartfelt thanks to all who made it possible to provide much needed assistance to so many Iraqi refugees.