(Editor's note: This following was distributed to the Ballard News-Tribune through an email to community members.)
This is the second email update sent to those people who have expressed an interest in providing interim housing for men in a SHARE shelter at Our Redeemer's Calvary building.
During the past few weeks we have heard from many neighbors. Thank you for asking questions and expressing your support and concerns. Since a community meeting on February 26, representatives from Our Redeemer's, the SHARE men's shelter, and neighbors of the Calvary building have met twice to more clearly understand how the shelter will operate, concerns, and expectations. These meetings have been informative and productive. Another meeting is planned.
Our Redeemer's is currently working on an agreement with SHARE, which will govern shelter operations. The Calvary building is expected to be a safe, dry place for up to 20 homeless men each evening for a year. The men are self-governed, with staff support from SHARE. They have an excellent recent accountability record. Each evening the shelter participants will arrive by bus between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
(Editor's note: The following is a letter to the editor and does not reflect the views of the West Seattle Herald or its affiliates.)
They’re at it again!
Last week our state senate, led by Sen. Joe McDermott, has voted to give the same rights reserved for married couples to homosexual couples who register as domestic partners. This is the same as taking a patented product and slapping another name on it.
The real goal as stated by Sen. Ed Murray is homosexual marriage. It’s interesting to note that both McDermott and Murray, who are prime sponsors of this bill, are admitted and practicing homosexuals. This sounds like a self serving conflict of interest to me.
In reality, what these and other sponsors of this bill are attempting to do, is to change the definition of marriage, which has been the union between men and women for all of human history, in every society and nation. Until recently, this has never been done before. Some may ask why is this a problem?
These youngsters attend the Alki Kid's Place after school program, located on the lower level of the Alki United Church of Christ, 6115 S.W. Hinds St.
"The attendance is down somewhat because of the economy," said Cheryl Snyder, director. "If one parent loses a job, the kids will be home with them after school."
The school is offering a day camp March 20 with arts and crafts and the beach, and Tae Kwon Do Camp March 30-April 3.
For more information, call Cheryl Snyder at (206) 938-0145
The move-in date for a planned SHARE shelter at the vacant Calvary Lutheran Church at 7002 23rd Ave. N.W. has been postponed by four weeks. The original move-in date was Feb. 28.
On Feb. 26, community members met with SHARE representatives and Pastor Steve Grumm, of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, who own the property and have been working with SHARE to bring the 20-man shelter to Ballard. Many members of the community expressed dismay over the short notice provided by Our Redeemer and were concerned about safety issues surrounding the future shelter.
The shelter is being allowed to stay located at the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene for one more week.
"During (the postponement), we will work with SHARE to develop an agreement that defines accountability and safety," Grumm said in an email to members of the community. "A task force has been formed to facilitate this process, including representatives from Our Redeemer's, SHARE, and the neighborhood surrounding the shelter location."
The first task force meeting is scheduled for March 5 and a second for later in the month.
There will be a neighborhood meeting tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss a planned emergency shelter at Ballard's Calvary Lutheran Church, which is supposed to open Saturday.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide neighbors with an opportunity to learn more about SHARE'S (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort) shelter, a temporary emergency shelter, which has been invited to stay at the church, located on the Northwest corner of 70th and 23rd Avenue.
Calvary Lutheran Shelter began at Our Redeemer Church in the winter of 1993 and has moved three times since then, to a former Calvary Lutheran Church in West Seattle, the Randolf Carter Center and most recently with the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene. The one year contract in West Seattle expired on Feb. 15 and has been extended until March 1 or until a new home is found.
The Ballard shelter is supposed to open Feb. 28.
The shelter is for men only and has a capacity to hold 20. it requires participants to be sober and non-violent. pan handling and loitering are prohibited.
Instead of an alter, there’s a stage and sound equipment. Instead of a congregation, there are paintings. And on Saturday night, instead of praying, there will be partying.
Marianne Maksirisombat moved into the old church at Northwest 61st Street and 22nd Avenue Northwest in November and set about converting it from a old place of worship covered in shag carpeting and sea-foam green paint to an industrial-chic studio, gallery and home.
“I felt like the art scene here was very close-knit and it needed a little shaking up,” Maksirisombat said.
She said the way to do that was with three-dimensional art in an atypical building.
She saw the church for rent while helping a friend look for a place to live and decided to give it a shot, she said.
She was looking for a large space that could properly display some of her bigger works, and the 8,000-square-foot building can do that.
The main room of the church is filled with Maksirisombat’s paintings and sculptures and a stage (“bigger than most of the venues here,” she said). She lives upstairs and the basement holds the bathrooms, kitchen and a of couple friends who are renting rooms.
A location has been announced for a car camp being planned by the Ballard Homes for All Coalition.
Vic Opperman, founder of Sustainable Ballard, said at a Feb. 17 Sustainable Green Lake meeting that the camp will be coming to St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ballard.
The location was confirmed by a number of community members, though no date has been set for the establishment of the camp.
Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36th District), founder of the Ballard Homes for All Coalition, said in September that the purpose of the planned car camps is to create a safe and secure place for the homeless to park.
According to a September press release from the coalition, people hoping to use the camps would have to go through a screening process, and outreach workers would make regular rounds to make sure there are no problems.
There are approximately 50 car campers in Ballard, according to the press release.
Parent's night out
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St.
Fridays, 6 - 9 p.m., $15. Ages 2 - 10. We will provide child care for three hours, pizza, and give parents a chance to have some time to themselves. Space is limited, please RSVP.