Marie giving her graduation speech
Hello everyone! I had the pleasure this Tuesday, July 25th, to witness five of our residents graduate from the Life Skills 201 Program at the Peace Center. Our residents went through a seven-week course packed with real life learning. Here are some of the things they learned:
– Budgeting (food budgeting, different ways of making a budget, envelope system)
– Do’s and don’ts of credit cards and payday loans
– Life priorities (wants v. needs)
– Nutrition (chalked full of healthy recipes they can make from our produce in our garden)
– Resume building
– Time management
We are SO extremely thankful for the staff and volunteers at the Peace Center for providing such a friendly and fun atmosphere. The Peace Center is part of Capital Christian Center. They are a resource center with a full food bank, workshops, and a plethora of educational workshops. We are so honored that they came to US and asked our residents what they wanted to learn. I was lucky enough to be able to attend all of the classes and see each Life Coach and resident learn from each other’s lived experiences. It was a beautiful thing! The Peace Center is planning on doing another Life Skills 201 Program in September/October. We hope for more residents and community members to join in!
Well deserved treat!
Mike giving his graduation speech
Jimi receiving his award
Mike getting his certificate
We have partnered with Community Frameworks, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center to create a tiny home village in Orting, Washington. The village will be the same set up as QV. Yesterday I went to go visit the area. WOW, was I impressed! The land was beautiful. It was quiet and serene. The pictures below do NOT do it justice. It had not one but TWO baseball fields and even a trout pond!
I then went to a community open forum in Orting with our partners. We presented our “case” on building affordable housing for Veterans at the Old Soldiers Home. We had great feedback and support from the community. Our very own resident Jimi gave a powerful speech about his journey from Camp Quixote to the Village. Two veterans from the Hope Center told their stories about how the Hope Center and Tacoma Mission has helped them. They will hopefully be two of our first residents in Orting!
There were some reservations from a few community members, mostly about crime and fear of drug use in their neighborhoods. We hear this one a lot. Although it is a concern to a lot of neighbors, it has proven to be nothing but the opposite at the Village and other permanent supportive housing facilities. We spoke to them about their concerns and gave them an open invitation to come to QV to see how things are here.
Overall, I would say the community open forum was successful. It was great to see all of our partners coming together in order to house homeless veterans. We still have a long way to go and may have some bumps in the road but all I can say to that is bring it on!
Walking into the field and admiring the landscape. From L to R: Jimi (QV resident), Sean (Executive Director), and Joe (Board Member).
Raul (Program Manager), looking for some trout.
Fishing Pond gazebo. Can you imagine hanging out here – let alone living here?!
Ted (Panza President) speaking with Alfie (Director of Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs).
Jimi (Resident) speaking with Community Frameworks
Orting Community Forum watching our PBS video.
Raul talking to the audience about Quixote Village
If you have driven past the Quixote Village site recently, you might have thought, “What’s going on? Nothing’s happening!” Well, appearances aside, a lot has been going on, but behind the scenes. Get this: the site has been leased to us by Thurston County (for one dollar a year for 40 years, thank you very much!), it actually falls within the jurisdiction of the City of Olympia, and the City of Tumwater, which is right across the street, actually provides some utilities. Which resulted in some confusion about who gets to charge us for what that has taken some time to work out. But word came down Tuesday that we are good to go, and additional excavation will begin next Monday (look for the clouds of dust!). Meanwhile, our contractor has been assembling materials for the cabins and community building and making all the other arrangements that need to be done at this stage.
And, thanks to Camp Quixote resident/graphic specialist Jon Colt, we have a construction banner, acknowledging the major players in making Quixote Village happen, posted at the site:
Next time you drive by, things should be jumpin’! Give a toot on your horn to show your support! More, anon.
Check out our new video ♥ Quixote Village Video
Mission statement: We provide housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. We strive to make Quixote Village a supportive community that promotes access to the care and services its residents need to help them achieve their goals.
Vision: A community safely housed. A path to stability. A better quality of life.
New Villages Coming Soon…
You read that right! At our 3 year anniversary event we announced that we are working on two more villages! We feel the Village has been such a great success that we are going to be replicating it in Pierce and Mason County. For more info check out our other site at Tiny House Justice.