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July 30, 2016: The Landing, Port of Olympia July 30 – August 6, 2016: Full Event For ages the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest have gathered together for potlatches, or giveaways, sharing their gratitude with and for one another. The Nisqually Indian Tribe is hosting the Paddle to Nisqually in 2016. Right Relations Steh-chass/Olympia,......

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INTERFAITH WORKS RESPONDS TO ANTI-MUSLIM REMARKS BY LACEY CITY COUNCIL MEMBER February 25, 2016 Statement to Lacey City Council by Mary Wharton, Vice President, Interfaith Works Board of Directors:   The mission of Interfaith Works is “social change through interfaith understanding and cooperation.” Established in 1974, our membership includes religious communities and individuals of Protestant,......

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OPR #025: Rabbi Seth Goldstein & Jemmy Joe’s Big Announcement February 12, 2016 – with Jemmy Joe and Guire McGuire “In episode #25, we interview Rabbi Seth Goldstein, who heads the Temple Beth Hatfiloh here in Olympia, as well as running his blog (linked below). It was a great talk, making this a very special......

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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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Interfaith Works strongly supports the passage of House Bill 2907.  Watch the testimony at the Hearing on House Bill 2907 & 2708 on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Click this image to view the video which starts at 1:04:53 when those bills are heard: And read “In Support of House Bill 2907 – Testimony on Behalf of......

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February 3, 2016 Selena Kilmoyer, Board of Directors, Interfaith Works Thank you Mr. Chair and members of the committee for the opportunity to speak today on House Bill 2907. My name is Selena Kilmoyer, and I am on the Board of Interfaith Works, a Thurston County non-profit working on homelessness, justice issues, and ways to......

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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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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......

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