We are very committed to public process and are so fortunate to live in a city that cares about their community as much as Olympia does! Rabbi Seth Goldstein reminded everyone during his introduction that while we may not agree on the best path forward, our community has a number of shared values and we can come together in respectful discourse to work towards a solution. I could not agree more about this!
This is the public process and while it is not always easy I am so inspired by the progress we can make together to transform our community!
"My mom is 90 years old and she lives at the Boardwalk. She supports the Peoples' House locating at the Steamplant. She did not attend the informational meeting on Feb 13, because she doesn't like to speak up in groups, and because she is so so upset with the people who are opposed to the shelter. There are probably many more quiet supporters like her living at the Boardwalk. Unfortunately, the people who are against something often tend to make the loudest noise! Do not assume that they represent the majority. Only a door-to-door survey would give you the real picture. Many good people like my mom are not the kind that will take a stand in public, but they do very much support compassionate initiatives like the Peoples' House, and they vote for representatives who they hope will take courageous actions and do the right things."
Here is another quote from a Boardwalk Resident in support of The People's House:
"I welcome the People’s House. A place where basic needs of warmth, shelter, help and unconditional love will be provided these souls that “there but for the grace of God go I.”
So, while we continue to find the best path forward I am so grateful for the support we have in this community and for the love that so many share for our great city!
Meg Martin, MSW