On Tuesday, over 200 community members attended our event ready and eager to learn how to get involved in the effort to make homelessness in King County rare, brief and one-time. Gay Gilmore and Troy Hakala, owners of the brand new Optimism Brewing Co. on Capitol Hill generously offered their space and their brews, representing an innovative way for community members to use their resources to combat homelessness.
Our partners showcased many of the ways we are working to end homelessness and offered guests ways to get involved. Guests were also encouraged to share their own thoughts and ideas:
“I feel optimistic because we are here! Our collective capacities and commitments make the seemingly impossible, possible.”
“I pledge to talk about homelessness openly and passionately and to support tent cities.”
We also debuted a video highlighting the great work being done in our community by Eddie Wang’s Sleepless in Seattle, Molly and Vanessa with The Ballard Welcome Wagon and Kristine Moreland’s MORELove project. The video was produced by our friends Tracy Dethlefs and Francine Strickwerda from Hullaballoo who donated their time and talents to support this issue.
Homelessness is in a state of emergency and our neighbors are rising up to the challenge. With the leadership of our elected officials and the support of our community, we can make a difference. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine attended the event and spoke to guests about the importance of community involvement:
“It is a disaster that we made, and a disaster that we need to come together to overcome”
– King County Executive Dow Constantine
“We can actually make a difference if we are unified and willing to work together”
– Mayor Ed Murray
You can watch the full program featuring All Home Director Mark Putnam, Rex Hohlbein and All Home Coordinating Board members Graham Pruss and Rebekah Bastian.