October 29, 2014
On Saturday night, Interfaith Works will open a new shelter for homeless women and men at First Christian Church in downtown Olympia. The shelter opening comes at a time when other shelter capacity has shrunk, so it is urgently needed.
For many years, church volunteers have staffed an 18-bed shelter for homeless women that moved from one church to another every two weeks. That shelter, which finally found a semi-permanent home at First Christian last year, wore out even its most dedicated volunteers. Bread and Roses, which sheltered a dozen severely mentally ill women, has also completely exhausted its volunteer staff, and has changed its mission.
Pat Gallaher is a homeless resident who helps clean up First Christian Church and surrounding properties in downtown Olympia. Gallaher said he lives in a patch of woods off Boulevard Road. STAFF PHOTO — The Olympia
THANK YOU for the beautiful bouquets!
We are so honored to feel the love from our community as we get closer and closer to opening night.
It was so nice to walk in today and have these beauties greet us.
I love Olympia!
We have been working SO hard to get the shelter ready for our grand opening TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!!!
A million thanks to Breathe Easy House Painters owner, Jeff Thomas who started out as "painter guy Jeff" and has now become "floor guy Jeff". What would we have done without him?!
Also, HUGE thanks again to Dean, Collin, Michael and Jeremy of the Northwest Construction Cooperative for all of the remodeling and advice!
As always, thanks to all of our amazing volunteers from all over the community who have come to lend a hand. We could not do this without you!
Check out some of these great pics from all the hard work we have been doing!
Meg Martin, MSW, MHP, is the Shelter Program Director for The Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter.