Social Services

Only a few steps from the Federal Way Transit Center will soon stand the mixed use senior housing project spearheaded by the Korean Women's Association (KWA) known as "Senior City."

"Senior City" will combine housing for over 122 low-income seniors, 3,000 square-feet of commercial space for the KWA social services office to serve tenants and the general public of south King County, and a social hall.

Last Thursday, September 25, marked the groundbreaking ceremony for "Senior City," and community leaders from across the region came to celebrate this historic project.


The City of Federal Way has a long history of taking a single day in September to help with a citywide food drive that benefits the Multi-Service Center's Federal Way Food Bank.

This year Federal Way Mayor Jack Dovey wanted to go a step further. "If one day is good, think what we could do with a whole month," he said.

The City is working with area volunteers and businesses to boost the number of food-drive related activities this month:

Mayor's food drive challenge Sept.


You could call Dr. Sarah Babineau a modern-day Marcus Welby.

Every Monday and Thursday, Babineau jumps into her blue Honda CR-V and heads to her patients' homes throughout King County. With her stylish purple-and-red doctor's bag that looks more like a sports tote, Babineau is able to bring care to those who are unable or unwilling to leave their homes to visit their doctors in a clinic.

Babineau works with Providence ElderPlace, a program that provides health care and social services for older adults.


At a recent Work-Study by the Federal Way School Board the Board learned that:

"Those parents who are involved get more out of the educational system than children whose parents are less involved or not involved at all."

When asked about what the School Board should do about this, there was no response!

We have learned from Finland and Singapore that indifference to the upbringing of children is a great recipe for poor, or non-existent success in education.

The Washington Department of Corrections predicts prison capacity needs by third and fourth gr


In your May 28th issue you ran an article on the city budget written by Rebekah Schilperoort. The article seemed to indicate that the greatest concerns regarded funding for social services. On closer reading most speakers appear to be administrators of various service organizations. Of course it's perfectly understandable that this should occur. It's only natural for people to defend their own turf and these various organizations all perform highly commendable services for people in need.

Unfortunately the most important ideas don't come until the very end of the article.


Two Burien City Council members said last week they favor annexing the southern portion of North Highline as part of a phased acquisition of the entire unincorporated area.

Others said they thought the southern part-or a little less-is all that Burien can handle.

The comments came at the April 21 council meeting in reaction to a recommendation by City Manager Mike Martin.

Generally, in Martin's proposal, Burien's northern border would be at Southwest 112th Street in the Shorewood area, dipping south to South 116th Street to exclude the Evergreen Pool and Top Ha


Some argue that Burien should not try to annex North Highline when the city is focused on building its Town Square, seen rising in this photo taken near Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 152nd Street. With its own development plans, SeaTac has withdrawn from studying annexation. Staff photo

The recent sale of what was formerly known as the Vintage Park apartments in Burien has left tenants with their futures up in the air.

Vintage Park has 543 units, many with more than one family living in them. It is estimated that as many as 750 families could be affected.

Now known as 139 at the Park, Vintage Park has been purchased by Chicago-based developer Laramar, which plans to renovate the units.


Mayor Greg Nickels announced last week his 2008 proposed budget includes $3.5 million to help fund 84 permanent supportive housing studio apartments for chronically homeless people.

Half the units at the Plymouth Housing Group's First and Cedar project would use a "Housing First" model, which combines homeless housing with important in-house medical and mental health services and other support programs.

"For too long, we attempted to manage homelessness through a system that in many cases provides little more than a mattress for the night," said Nickels.


Candidates for Seattle School Board positions that cover Ballard told the community last week what they would do to restore confidence in the public school system and unite an often divided board.

Candidates from each of the four open School Board positions came to meet community members one-on-one before a moderated forum held at Pathfinder K-8 Alternative School in West Seattle.

Just two candidates, incumbent Sally Soriano and Peter Maier, are running for District 1.


SCHOOL BOARD FORUM. Candidates for Seattle School Board positions spoke to the crowd of community members last week outside of Pathfinder school. Leslie Harris photo.

HB 1128 Making operating appropriations for 2007-2009. By a vote of 31 to 17, on April 22, the Senate approved HB 1128. By a vote of 60 to 36, also on April 22, the House approved HB 1128, which would make appropriations to the 2007-09 state operating budget. The operating budget is one of three budgets approved by the Legislature each year. These appropriations pay for general state services such as state employee salaries, basic education, and social services. The bill is now under consideration by the governor.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles; Reps.

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