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It has been two years since we opened our house of hospitality (the House of Hope) in Langley, and three months since we opened our year round overnight shelter (The Haven) in Oak Harbor. We continue to work diligently at 'Making homelessness a brief and rare experience in our community.'

I have been webmaster here for the past two years and am taking a leave from this portion of my work with the Whidbey Homeless Coalition.  Our newly hired Executive Director, Ursula Roosen-Runge will be at the helm and giving our site a brand new look.  I have so enjoyed keeping you, the community,  informed of our work.  It has been pure joy posting pictures and stories of all that has happened since we first gathered together three years ago to tackle homelessness here on Whidbey Island. We live in a beautiful and caring community here on our island and it makes me proud to be here!

 

Judy Thorslund , Founder and Board Member

Whidbey Homeless Coalition

 

Spring 2017

Time seems to have a way of just running out sometimes.  In looking at this blog I see it has been too long a while since writing.  So let's catch up a bit. Before I start on the 'news' I will mention a dear and wonderful volunteer of our coalition Jim Ellison.  While doing volunteer work for us  two months ago, Jim took a bad fall and has been in Harborview since his fall.  The incredible good news is that he is recovering, and recovering at a rate that is pleasing docs and family and all of Jim's friends.    Blessings to all the Ellisons and looking forward to Jim's return home soon.  

 Biggest news on everyone's mind of course is our new shelter The Haven, opening in Oak Harbor.  This will be run out a church for the first 90 days and is Whidbey's first overnight, year round shelter folks.  Our coalition decided several months ago it was high time we went north, we captured Vivian Decker-Rodgers for our northend board rep and we were off and running.  Faith Wilder, our current Board President, took a huge lead in this work up north, along with the county Human Services and the generosity and service of so many others.  God's work for sure!  We will be updating you here in our blog as to new news as we go along.  

We have hired a Manager for the Haven and our new Executive Director Ursula.  Our House of Hope stays full!   We currently have 7 children at the house and are starting our Seed to Serve project there again this year, as the Tulalip folks once again gave us a generous grant to get started.   We are re-housing folks the best we can.  This is an ongoing struggle as you most know, to find affordable housing.  We are looking at any and all options, have some capitol, and welcome your input.  We have a new office in the back of the house in a portable office/shipping container and the garden club has given us funds to beautify the surrounding area of our yard.  I will be taking a break and will be asking others to submit their thoughts and happenings here on this blog.  May all be blessed and comforted.  Judy Thorslund  Board member