Interfaith Community Sanctuary

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Homelessness Awareness Project 

We shall offer a Blessing of the Scarves 
at Interfaith Community Sanctuary on Sunday November 15th
during the morning worship service with sister Janice Tufte,
Imam Jamal Rahman, and Paul Benz,  beginning at 10:am.
Bring your hand made hats and scarves to be blessed 
before being delivered to homeless shelters in our neighborhoods.  

Fall / Winter 2015 Updates:

October 25
Newport Presbyterian Bellevue Annual WfW Blessing Sunday both services (135 items blessed/ gifted)
November 12
St. James Cathedral Seattle Annual Mass for Deceased Homeless Thursday 5:30 PM
November 15
Interfaith Community Sanctuary Ballard Annual Blessing of Handmade Hats and Scarves Sunday10AM (potluck follows)
November 17
Bremerton United Methodist Bremerton Annual WarmfortheWinter Service/ Chili Feed w/local homeless Monday Noon
​* St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady Guadalupe, Mary Queen of Peace, St. John the Baptist all collect items and some have Services

*The 29th Annual InterSpiritual Celebration of Gratitude at Thanksgiving will be held Sunday, November 22nd at 2:00pm at  First AME Church in Seattle.  We are working with the spiritual discernment: "Who Is My Neighbor?" Download .pdf flyer for "Who Is My Neighbor?" HERE.

Please bring your Handmade Hats and Scarves to any of these Services to be Blessed then gifted to the local homeless.

Warm for Winter Project 
is a beautiful local homeless awareness and direct gifting project.
44,300 handmade hats & scarves gifted to date!

View WarmforWinter Brochure Here.
View WarmforWinter Flyer Here

Please read our WforW May 2014 newsletter here.

2014: Happy New Year!

Dear WarmforWinter Participants,

We at WarmforWinter are welcoming you the Best of Years this 2014!
Thank you all for your wonderful handmade hats and scarves this 2013 winter. 4,000 + delivered!
WE (You and Us) have gifted 4,000 beautiful warm gifts to the needy in our neighborhoods in four Puget Sound counties. Thanks to All of your generosity... many, people; children, youth and adults received a gift of a gorgeous handmade hat and or scarf from you.
Please read our WfW January 2014 Newsletter!.
If you have any questions about where your handmade gifts were delivered,
please contact Janice at 206.675.2672 and or write to

Thank you Again & The Best of 2014 to You and Your Families!


Janice Tufte Founder WarmforWinter

Janice Tufte
WarmforWinter at Interfaith Community Sanctuary


Dear Appreciated WarmforWinter Volunteers,  

Thank you ....All of you WarmforWinter volunteers for your dedicated efforts knitting, crocheting and making handmade hats and scarves for the needy individuals in our local communities. 

This 2013 season once again Pacific Fabric Stores will collect during the month of October your handmade hats and scarves, mittens too if you like! 

Plan ahead now and ask if your House of Worship might like to hold a Blessing of the Hats and Scarves service. Maybe start a knitting social also! 

Enjoy the newsletter it has all the latest happenings WarmforWinter has been involved with in 2013. 

Click on WarmforWinter links below and download a WfW brochure, flyer and or shelter delivery list. 

Thank you again for your continued support, yarn and knitted item donations and more!  

Janice Tufte
WarmforWinter at The Interfaith Network
and Interfaith Community Sanctuary

The beautiful hats pictured above were made by
Mary A. Baczewski.

Read loving words about Mary here
Donations in Mary's honor may be sent to:
WarmforWinter Project
c/o The Interfaith Network of Washington
P.0. Box 31005
Seattle, WA 98103

Please make any donation checks in honor of Mary to
The Interfaith Network (warmforwinter).

 Questions? Email:


More about Warm for Winter:

As a way to bring awareness to the very real, inexcusable fact that homelessness exists, Muslim sister Janice Tufe inspired individuals and communities from all faith traditions to begin hand sewing, crocheting and knitting hats and scarves for the homeless. This project began in 2006 and continues....

Janice has witnessed first hand how this small, simple, kind gift can be the difference between life and death for a person living on the streets.

Janice often delivers the handmade items to homeless shelters in the Seattle area herself, but this year she is welcoming each community to collect them within their community and hold a blessing of the scarves, then deliver them directly to the shelters. 

Contact Janice at   warmforwinter1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Handmade hats and scarves gifted to Warm for Winter were invited into the 2006 Praise & Thanksgiving Interfaith Celebration for a 
"Blessing of the Scarves" 
offered by clergy of many faith and spiritual traditions.

The photo on this page preserves the occasion, held in the St. Patrick Church Sanctuary.(Janice is standing with Liturgical dancer Betsey Beckman and the youth of St. Pat's as she shares about homelessness.) 

Janice now inspires all communities to hold a blessing of the scarves and hats before delivery. If you would like the opportunity to deliver the handmade hats and scarves collected by your community, 
here is a list of homeless shelters 
that welcome Warm for Winter hats and scarves for their beneficiaries. 

Download WARM for WINTER full color tri-fold brochure here and flyer here

WARM for WINTER is a 100% volunteer project and contributions are tax deductible through The Interfaith Network. Read more about WARM for WINTER here

Pacific Fabric stores collected handmade hats and scarves throughout the month of October 2012. 
Follow this link for participating stores;

Homelessness Facts for Reflection:

In Washington state, at some point during the recent school year 18,000 kindergarten through high school students experienced homelessness. Men compromise the largest population of homeless followed by families, women and youth.

For more information visit: and

Thank you All for your continued honored time and efforts creating beautiful handmade hat and scarf gifts for individuals awaiting low income affordable housing. 

2012 WarmforWinter Volunteers donated over 3,200 handmade hats and scarves 33,000 have been gifted to date! 

Download WfW March 2013 newsletter here.




WARM for WINTER May 2012 newsletter HERE

WARM for WINTER October 2011 newsletter HERE.