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servingCOMPASSION:

Matthew is a gourmet chef who is currently living out of his van, trying to get back on his feet. Once a week he cooks up a delicious meal at Gas Works Park for friends living outside; mixed into all of it is a genuine KINDNESS that Matthew has for others!

A heartfelt THANKS to the veryVERY talented Chris McElroy & Visual Quartet for sharing this beautiful little video on our dear friend Matthew!!!

Wallingford neighborhood | Rex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dpanM1yPbk


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compassionateLIVING:

Amy is a bundle of goodGOOD energy, sharing smiles every step of the way, bringing her children and their friends into the glow of how good it feels to act on compassion.

Amy brought her two sons Justin and Ethan, and Ethan's friend Leo, who is on the left, to the Facing Homelessness office to drop off water and have a conversation about homelessness, about how we can all find ways to get involved for each other, wowWOW!!!

A heartfelt THANKS to Amy, Justin, Ethan and Leo for putting action to your compassion!

University neighborhood | Rex

A QUIET THOUGHT - If you're moved by the goodness of this community, please visit http://www.facinghomelessness.org/ and click on the 'donate' button, then select the 'recurring monthly' box and donate just $5 a month in support of the work. THANK YOU.
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beautifulPERSON:

You know the people that no matter what the craziness is they hold their headUPhigh, that regardless of the absurdity of the situation they weather it with strength, YES, I know we all know those folks, we remember them, they get a special respect from us.

That's how I feel about Ken, he's just a solid goodGOOD man. We first met at the Interbay Safe Parking Site. When that site was shutDOWN, everyone that registered with the RoadToHousing program was invited to move to the SODO Safe Parking Site, which Ken did. There's one problem, his vehicle is not registered in his name, now he is being told to move again.

Yesterday, to avoid impound, he moved to a spot under the Spokane Street Bridge, he's buying time to get his vehicle transferred into his name; he has everything ready to go, he's just is in need of funds to make the transfer. The estimate from the Department of Motor Vehicles is $260.00, based on his 1984 Chevy Pace Arrow.

Let's help Ken over this hurdle, it will allow him to move back into the SODO Safe Parking Site and relieve him of a great deal of day to day stress.

UPDATE: The Paypal link has been pulled because our goal of $260.00 has been reached with $289.49 raised. Extra funds will be used to purchase a gas-card for Ken; as is always the case, no funds will go to Facing Homelessness. A heartfelt THANKS to everyone that helped Ken out, I know he will be ever so veryVERY grateful!!!

Ken battles bi-polar and other psychological debilitating issues. He get's $946 from SSI which child-support then takes a sizable portion of; he also receives $194 in food-stamps.

My heart goes out to you Ken; please know that there are a great many people in this community that send you hugs and LOVE.

SODO neighborhood | Rex

A QUIET THOUGHT - If you're moved by the goodness of this community, please visit http://www.facinghomelessness.org/ and click on the 'donate' button, then select the 'recurring monthly' box and donate just $5 a month in support of the work. THANK YOU.
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The Facing Homelessness Community loveLOVES Shelly Cohen and all the Real Change Vendors!!! Let's all create REAL CHANGE by buying this award-winning newspaper from our neighborhood vendor!!!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Matthew Browning for producing this wonderful video.

University neighborhood | Rex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dpanM1yPbk

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smartHEART:

Sinan Demirel just wrote (3) articles on Homelessness in Seattle; beginning with a historical overview that then takes us up to our current state of crisis. These (3) articles are a mustREAD!

(1) Homeless in Seattle: The roots of a crisis
http://features.crosscut.com/homeless-in-seattle-the-roots-of-a-crisis
(2) Seattle’s 30-year fight to end homelessness
http://features.crosscut.com/the-30-year-fight-to-end-homelessness-in-seattle
(3) What next for Seattle’s homeless?
http://features.crosscut.com/seattle-homeless-the-future-facing-homelessness

Sinan Demirel has for years&years been making a profound difference for those living without basic needs here in our city with his smartHEART. For our Facing Homelessness community he's been a tireless supporter, from helping on direct-giving to providing us with valuable mentoring. We are extremely grateful for his belief in the work we are all doing at Facing Homelessness.

A bigBIG community LOVE to you Sinan for your beautiful belief in making our world a much more loving compassionate place.

University neighborhood | Rex

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softSPOKEN:

Please meet Joseph, he's originally from Hungary, came to New York in 1989 because of the revolutionary politics back home.

When I asked Joseph how old he is he said, "Fifty something", then smiled. He told me he was a mason most of his life, now he is homeless. When he told me he is sleeping outside, I asked if he has a tent or a sleeping bag, he said, "I have this coat, it becomes my sleeping bag." Then he said, "I get some help with SSI and food-stamps, I am not going to cry about anything."

As I was getting up to leave I asked one last question, if he had any family here, he paused, then said, "I don't have any family." Then he pointed to the others sitting there and said, "This group is my family and now you are too."

A bigBIG community size family LOVE to you Joseph; hope to see you again sometime soon.

SODO neighborhood | Rex

A QUIET THOUGHT - If you're moved by the goodness of this community, please visit http://www.facinghomelessness.org/ and click on the 'donate' button, then select the 'recurring monthly' box and donate just $5 a month in support of the work. THANK YOU.
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wiseWORDS:

Spent time talking with Robz on Saturday next to the big gravel parking lot that is the SODO Safe Parking Site. Robz, Ken, Joseph and Ole were sitting in the shade under the Spokane Street Bridge, finding some relief from the heat in their RVs and the mind-splitting train whistles that show up like clock-work day and night.

Robz is a cool-cucumber, a laid-back soul that has a steady stream of wiseWORDS for anyone that cares to listen.

"Take only what you need, not what you want."

"When you spend time taking what you want, there is no end to it, the more you get, the more you want"

"We can't control our fate but we can control our destiny and in doing so, we change our fate."

After we finished talking and after a really bigHUG, Robz said, "Our time here, it's really only about LOVE and FORGIVENESS, that forgiveness thing is a difficult one, but so very important."

A community size LOVE to you Robz, thanks for sharing!

SODO neighborhood | Rex

A QUIET THOUGHT - If you're moved by the goodness of this community, please visit http://www.facinghomelessness.org/ and click on the 'donate' button, then select the 'recurring monthly' box and donate just $5 a month in support of the work. THANK YOU.
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dailyWORRY:

Please meet Tonya, she's 41 years old, is sweet as can be, had been sleeping in her KIA Sadona when a visitor brought bedBUGS, now it's infested, she's been sleeping in a park for the past week.

Tonya's life was going along pretty good, right up till she was 18 years old, she says it all changed when she took some Mescaline, that's when the narcolepsy, cataplexy and schizophrenia began.

Twelve years ago she decided to go off her medications, eight years followed of being unable to figure anything out for herself, she could not retain a thing, relied completely on others for help.

Then, four years ago, she went to a friend's home and helped take care of their chickens, she says it began her healing process. She realized that a connection with animals and being outside helped her breathe and work on repairing her damage.

All of her symptoms have dramatically been reduced, she still has to deal with her narcolepsy, the fear of it holds her back, she is unable to drive her van except to move it just blocks at a time to avoid ticketing/booting/towing, the dailyWORRY of all folks living out of their vehicle.

Tonya has a total of $850 worth of parking tickets right now, she is worried sick about it, I know it is a good deal of money, but it would ease her stress a great deal if paid. (I wish there was some way to stop the ticketing of folks living homelessness, they have no means to make payment and it only adds stress to their lives.)

Please help if you can by donating on this Paypal link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=2ZRKMFPD8Q4ZY

Tonya went to Fare Start to enroll in their beautiful program, got through orientation, which she was so veryVERY excited about, but then found out that because of her narcolepsy she could not be working with knives.

Tonya has lots of dreams, says she is ready to start realizing them! We believe in you Tonya and in all those beautiful dreams!!!

University neighborhood | Rex

A QUIET THOUGHT - If you're moved by the goodness of this community, please visit http://www.facinghomelessness.org/ and click on the 'donate' button, then select the 'recurring monthly' box and donate just $5 a month in support of the work. THANK YOU. #JustSayHello #FacingHomelessness
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realCHANGE:

The REAL CHANGE newspaper's 22nd Annual Breakfast is HAPPENING on September 15th, 7:30-9:00AM, wowWOW!!!

I am just gong to scream this outLOUD-rightNOW, that the Founding Director of REAL CHANGE, Tim Harris, and every person in the REAL CHANGE organization, from staff to each and every vendor on the street, is an amazinglyWONDERFUL person!!!

I know that sounds like I am over emphasizing but I am not!

Two simple&beautiful ASKS from Facing Homelessness:

The FIRST ask is for all of us to purchase the REAL CHANGE newspaper weekly, it is only $2. If you want to get involved with opening yourself to this issue, begin by purchasing this paper from your REAL CHANGE vendor. It will change you, I promise!

The SECOND ask is if you will help us fill the Facing Homelessness table at the REAL CHANGE breakfast; this will be our fifth year attending. The HOPE is that each of the (10) folks at our table will donate $150. We would like to surprise (5) folks that are or have been homeless by treating them to the breakfast, this means we are in need of raising $750.00 for REAL CHANGE so that we can treat five friends!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EXZU8WPTXSRKQ

If you would like to sit with us at the Facing Homelessness table, please comment below and then call our office 206-632-7299 to grab one of the two to three other seats.

Facing Homelessness loveLOVES the REAL CHANGE people!

Downtown neighborhood | Rex

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pureJOY:

Relik lives on the street, had his guitar stolen and asked this community if anyone could gift him one so that he could get back to busking; within ten minutes Mark in Mt. Vernon answered, saying "I've got one he can have, I'll drive it down to you today."

So much kindness in this beautiful community!

University neighborhood | Rex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dpanM1yPbk
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