Local church raising funds for homeless funeral expenses

YAKIMA, Wash. - St. Michael's Mission and the Yakima Neighborhood Health Services are partnering up to raise money for a new fund that helps cover funeral expenses for homeless and those with few resources. The church invites community members out to their yard sale Saturday to help replenish the fund. 

The Dana China Bolton fund has been able to help eight local families since its establishment last year. 

The fund is named in honor of Dana China Bolton.  After years of homelessness, the long-time client of YNHS died in her own home in 2018. Both organizations gathered support from the community to help with the cost of cremation. They hosted a small memorial service at Saint Michael's, and were able to Skype in her family. Reverend David Hacker said it was a unique and profound service.

Now for over a year, they have provided small donations for others who have died on the streets, or with no resources, to support families in their grief and allow those most in need to rest in peace. 

The church has been serving the community through different programs like its food pantry, AA groups and citizenship classes for years. 

"Through these relationships, we discovered this need," said Hacker. "We want to make sure people can die with dignity, that they are put to rest and that we can honor their lives." 

The yard sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m on the lawn at St. Michael's Mission at 5 S. Naches Ave. in Yakima. 

If you can't make the yard sale, you can make a financial donation at the church. 

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