Social Services

In 2009, we're focusing on our values, starting with Hope.

The eight Safety Net core values are:

Hope
Kindness
Security
Community
Humor
Power
Learning
Effectiveness

With major political shifts in our nation, polls say we're a people riding a wave of hope. Hope is, as we say in our workbook, the cornerstone of strength.

With hope comes the ability to have a vision of how things may be, to plan, to take action toward that anticipated state, and to enlist support. Hope is usually called upon in difficult times and sustains our belief in the possibility of a better tomorrow. Personal, political, and community safety nets will support us as we hold visions and take actions.

Tip: Start your year off right by getting Personal Safety Nets "In Case of Emergency" wallet cards for yourself and those you count on to support you.

1. Ask three people to be your first emergency contacts.
2. Tell them about how to reach one another - they are a team.
3. Write their names and phone numbers inside on the card.
4. Carry the card with you in your wallet or pocket.
5. Give each of them cards, with your name as one contact for them.

03/03/2009

The West Seattle Food Bank announced today the elections of Dave Rosler and Dawn Nelson to its Board of Directors. 

Serving as the Board’s 2009-2010 Executive Committee are: President Pete Spalding, Vice President Cara Mohammadian, Secretary Shannon Braddock and Treasurer Corey Limbaugh.

“Even though we lost some great talent from our board last year, we are very fortunate to have some exceptionally committed West Seattleites helping us continue to meet the mission of the West Seattle Food Bank in these trying times,” said Board President Pete Spalding.

Board members contribute to the continued fiscal and operational strength of the West Seattle Food Bank through fundraising, oversight, and general support.

The food bank has been serving West Seattle since 1981 and as well as providing food to the needy in the community, offers nutrition education and aims to generate public awareness about hunger in the community. It also coordinates a range of community services for clients.

02/26/2009

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.

02/20/2009
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Michael Harthorne

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ballard was announced as the site of a Ballard Homes for All Coalition car camp.

Community member and business owners have noticed an increase in the number of homeless people congregating at Ballard’s Bergen Place Park. Some say they are presenting a safety concern and are making the park undesirable to the rest of the neighborhood.

Victoria Sangrey, volunteer coordinator for Friends of Bergen Place, said it’s not the fact that the people are homeless that is causing concern, it is that they are engaging in illegal activities.

She said she has seen drug deals, evidence of sexual activity and defecation in the hedges. She walks by early in the morning, and there are usually beer cans surrounding someone sleeping on the bench, she said.

“People are not going to want to sit on the bench when they are drinking and doing other things,” Sangrey said. “And, it’s sad to me.”

The number of homeless gathering in the park has increased in the past four to five monhts, said Zach Milsteadt, a barista at the Chai House, located next to the park.

Sangrey said there used to be three to four individuals at a time loitering in Bergen Place, now it can be 10 to 12 at points.

02/20/2009
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Michael Harthorne

Bergen Place on a Thursday Feb. 19.

My afternoon school bus route ends in the Admiral District, from there I proceed down California Way to head back to the bus yard. On Wed. afternoon (I believe it was) I spotted and man and a woman shoveling and sweeping away the thousands of leaves that had collected on the sidewalk that runs along the east side of the road.

My evening bike commute takes me up that sidewalk four nights a week and at times those wet, thick leaves can be problematic, especially if I encounter a pedestrian also using the sidewalk. (Note: I choose not to ride up-hill on that street due to the speed of some of the cars, the blind curve towards the top of the hill and the fact that the sidewalk is a wide one that allows all to safely and easily pass one another.)

Kudos to those two who cleared the entire length of sidewalk from the intersection at Beach Dr. up to the first driveway. I briefly stopped and expressed my appreciation, and now want to make it public so they know how much I, and (I'm sure) many other users of that sidewalk appreciate their selfless actions.

02/11/2009

The Seattle City Council on Monday voted to increase parking meter rates in Ballard by 50-cents, bringing the hourly rate to $2.

The Council also increased rates downtown by $1, increasing the hourly rate to $2.50.

This increase is said to help balance the city's 2009-2010 budget.

The news has come as an unwelcome surprise to many Ballard business owners and residents.

The Ballard Chamber of Commerce and some businesses worry that the rate will keep people from wanting to shop in downtown Ballard, pushed away to free parking in malls a

11/18/2008
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CITY WANTS LARGE INCREASE IN PARKING FEES. Ballard resident Jeff Eisenbrey puts money into a parking kiosk on 22nd Avenue Northwest. The city is currently considering increasing the fees for paid parking by up to a dollar an hour.

The Seattle City Council on Monday voted to increase parking meter rates in Ballard by 50-cents, bringing the hourly rate to $2.

The Council also increased rates downtown by $1, increasing the hourly rate to $2.50.

Surprised and upset Ballard business owners and residents have recently heard the city is seriously considering increasing parking kiosk rates in different neighborhoods around Seattle including Ballard's Business district.

This increase is said to help balance the city's 2009-2010 budget.

The Ballard Chamber of Commerce and

11/17/2008
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CITY WANTS LARGE INCREASE IN PARKING FEES. Ballard resident Jeff Eisenbrey puts money into a parking kiosk on 22nd Avenue Northwest. The city is currently considering increasing the fees for paid parking by up to a dollar an hour.

The City Council will vote on a proposal Monday to increase parking meter prices in Ballard and other Seattle neighborhoods.

The price increase would compensate the city's most recent 2009-2010 budget cut alteration.

Originally proposing a 50 cent increase in parking meter rates, Mayor Greg Nickels intent is to create additional revenue in the general fund, which funds things such as the police, social services and public safety, according to the mayor's office.

The increase to parking meter prices has been split into three tiers, which is a part of the mayor's

11/13/2008

The mayor is proposing an additional $2.1 million in his upcoming budget for permanent housing units for chronically homeless individuals.

"The idea behind Housing First is simple: reach out to the hardest to reach, move them into safe, decent housing, and then give them the services they need to rebuild their lives," said Mayor Greg Nickels.

10/27/2008

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