IW Blog

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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Good morning and peace be with you! It is with great honor that I am speaking here today and I thank you. My goal is always to achieve a closer and unified bond between people. As a Muslim, I believe that we are all from One God and as such we can come together with......

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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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The Earth Stewards of Interfaith Works are active on the issue of climate change and what we can do locally to make a difference. With the support of the Stewards, at its monthly meeting February 9, 2016, the Interfaith Works Board of Directors unanimously adopted the following motion: People of faith worldwide bring a crucial......

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On July 12, 2016 the Board of Directors of Interfaith Works formally endorsed Initiative 873 concerning police deadly force. Last February, the Board endorsed House Bill 2907 to amend the state statute on police use of deadly force in recognition that current law makes it virtually impossible to charge a law enforcement officer with a......

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By Austin Jenkins – KPLU / NWNews – July 14, 2016 Cutline: Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts says police departments ”need to be more transparent, more open and more accountable.” — “The police force in Washington’s state capital is changing. Fourteen months ago a white police officer in Olympia shot two African-American brothers. The shooting......

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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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At the March 10, 2016 Lacey City Council meeting, Mayor Andy Ryder and Council Member Virgil Clarkson offered public statements of reproach  to anti-Muslim rhetoric which Lacey City Councilmember Jason Hearn had posted on his Facebook page. Here is the transcript of those statements: Statement by Mayor Andy Ryder I have a quick statement as......

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Here is the Final Report to the [Olympia] City Council from the Ad Hoc Committee on Police and Community Relations, presented to the Council  on 4/12/2016. (PDF format)...

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