Mary, Queen of Peace Parish Programs
Human Concerns Outreach Program includes annually donating 5% of our revenue in support of local, national and international groups that service others. Organizations supported include Mercy Corp., Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity, Tree House, Youth Mission trips to Mexico, Forks, Burlington & Yakima WA in support of migrant programs, Free School. Annually host Adopt A Back pack which provides backpacks and school supplies to schools/students in need and Giving Tree which provides gifts to Issaquah Food Bank clients, residents of Echo Glen Children's center, Friends of Youth, Noel House, Lazarus House, St. Francis House, Harrington House, Providence Marianwood, Eastside Baby Corner, Mary Magdalene House and St. Vincent de Paul.
Feed the Hungry programs hosts monthly food drives for the Issaquah Food Bank; parish purchases bulk food and assembles it in smaller packages for food bank clients; provide a monthly meal to the homeless served at the Issaquah Fire Station Community Room; prepare sack lunches for those in need servedo so there is something to eat over the weekend when many programs are not operating.
Community Outreach programs provides the use of MQP's building for meetings, fundraising events, sports practices and games, etc. Programs supported include two Boy Scouts of America troops, one Cub Scout troop, Girl Scouts of America, Skyline Select basketball, football and baseball, Issaquah Girls select basketball, CYO sports, Harrington House, Faith in Action, Toastmasters, Guide Dogs for the Blind, St. Vincent de Paul, Eastside Baby Corner, Issaquah Food Bank, Block Party Quilters, St. Joseph School, Eastside Catholic, Skyline High School, Eastside Montesorri School, etc.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Eastablished a sister parish relationship with Our Lady of Sorrow in Ghana Africa. Were able to contribute to the construction of a catch basin system to provide clean drinking water, along with partnering in the drilling of 12 fresh water wells with W.A.T.E.R. Adopted a family that lost everything following the Northwest Funds in 2008 and were able to rebuild and refurnish their home.
Due to current economic conditions the needs for food, clothing, housing and health care continue to grow, as a parish we continue to strive to meet those in need regardless of their creed.