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As an aid for voters, Interfaith Works developed a questionnaire for candidates for contested City Council and Port of Olympia seats appearing on the November 7, 2017 local General Election ballot. The questions reflect issues of interest to our membership. Here are responses to the questionnaire from candidates running in the contested races for Council......

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2017 Primary Election City Council Candidate Questionnaire: A Voter Resource As a aid for voters, Interfaith Works developed a questionnaire for candidates for open City Council seats appearing on the August 1, 2017 local primary ballot. Here (in PDF format) are responses to the questionnaire for candidates running in the four contested primary races for......

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The homeless and housing insecure populations of Olympia often face overlapping layers of hardship. Lack of stable housing has been related to an increase in substance abuse, aggravation of mental health issues, criminal victimization, and an inability to maintain familial and community connections. Many faith traditions and people of conscience have acknowledged the importance of......

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Thanks to our incredible volunteers, the evening went off without a hitch (mostly…), the freshly-prepared, home-cooked food was delicious, everyone had a great time AND we raised over $25,000 to keep the Emergency Overnight Shelter running strong. We are deeply indebted to Saint Michael Parish for hosting. Thank you to all who attended, brought a......

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As many of you know, after 35 years of serving the poor, homeless and marginalized of Thurston County, Bread & Roses is closing its doors. B&R has served the community in spectacular, forward-thinking ways since it was founded in 1982 by volunteers from the Catholic Worker tradition. The houses will pass to Homes First for......

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Article in The Olympian – November 20, 2016 – By Rolf Boone: “Hundreds attend Interfaith Works Thanksgiving at Abbey Church in Lacey” http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article116114323.html See photos and more information about our event here: Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration    ...

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Hear about the impact our shelter program has had on the lives of our guests and volunteers. These are audio interviews that our stellar support staff Max compiled. Listen to “Shelter Voices” — Recorded and Edited in 2015 by Maxwell Goldsmith–Shelter Support Staff. — On the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter homepage: http://www.iwshelter.org/ AND Listen......

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House Bill 2907, sponsored by Rep. Luis Moscoso, aims to reform state law when it comes to police use of deadly force. The Black Alliance of Thurston County is supporting this bill in response to the police shooting in Olympia in May of two young black men. Interfaith Works Board of Directors has voted to......

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Presentation to Olympia City Council, Tuesday December 15, 2015 My name is Max Goldsmith and I’m the lead support staff for the warming center program, a partnership between three faith communities and the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter. A few weeks ago First Christian Church, Temple Beth Hatfiloh and The United Churches of Olympia decided......

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3 Churches Coordinate Warming Centers by Andy Hobbs – The Olympian – December 11, 2015 “Staff from the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter will help run the warming centers. Max Goldsmith, part of the support staff, said many people are exhausted or ill when they arrive. “‘Sleep deprivation is a big thing on the streets,’......

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