Quite often we will come into contact with people who are economically disadvantaged in a way that makes them ineligible for government programs. They are usually working in a low paying job or have been laid off from one. Without intervention they could easily end up on the street. It is generally accepted that the best cure for homelessness is prevention, and this is what we strive to help them with.
One method of help we offer people in need is by making referrals for jobs and job search training, housing, and financial assistance. We then offer them life skills training and mentoring. Our goal is their eventual emotional and financial independence from our programs and those of other social service agencies.
Youth / Children
Over the years we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of homeless and low income single mothers and their children during our Thursday night Street Lights outreach. This group of people has their own special set of challenges and needs… everything from the family still in homes but not being able to meet the needs of their infants and children, couch surfing from one home to the next, living in cars. tents, and on the street.
We are thankful that we can provide clothing, toiletries, and nourishment on Thursday nights. Many volunteers from area churches offer a listening ear and prayer to anyone who asks.
When a family in transition is able to find permanent housing, our goal is to match up available home furnishings with people in need.
We are grateful for the many donations of gently used beds, tables, chairs, and other household items.
Partnering with area organizations, our food assistance program delivers food to individuals and families in need as soon as they get the call. This not only allows the families to stretch their food budget, but it frees up money that can be used to pay other debts. Food donations come from multiple partners including Wilcox Family Farms, Franz Bread, Albertsons, Grocery Outlet, and Panera Bread.
Food is provided for the Street Lights gatherings on Thursdays, and other partners including the Olympia Senior Center, Olympia Union Gospel Mission, Celebrate Recovery, and Thurston County Food Bank.