Great coverage by The Olympian about IW’s Overnight Emergency Shelter

In the last week The Olympian has written both a great article and editorial about the Interfaith Works’ Overnight Emergency Shelter:

November 7, 2015 – Local – The Olympian

After one year, Olympia homeless shelter keeps its beds full and its arms open

“The shelter’s core strategy is to meet basic needs, which in turn can have a ripple effect on a client’s overall well-being. Martin said the shelter’s clients are resilient people who have overcome incredible odds. Many of them cope with personal trauma through drugs and alcohol. The shelter, which has no sobriety requirements, is the only place that will accept them.

“The latter is one thing that sets the Interfaith Works shelter apart. Rather than operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, the shelter gives priority to the most vulnerable clients — those with the highest risk of dying because of health or substance abuse issues.”

Read the article here:

November 10, 2015 – Editorials – The Olympian

Homeless shelter shows progress

“Two years ago, there was a roaring controversy about locating a shelter for homeless adults in downtown Olympia. A year ago, the shelter finally opened in First Christian Church at Seventh and Franklin. To the surprise of some of its opponents, nothing bad has happened; to the great relief of its guests, a great deal of good has.”

Read the editorial here:

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