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
Residents just completed their second week of the Life Skills Program 201 with the Peace Center! This week we learned about budgeting and finance. There were some great group activities where residents looked at how much they were actually spending (it made me rethink my daily coffee…). We had some fruitful discussions on wants vs. needs and how these may be different for each individual. We went through some example budgets and the residents’ homework is to work through their own personal one.
Next week we will be learning about savings and loans, debts, FICO scores, and credit cards.
It’s been really amazing working in this new partnership with the Peace Center. The Peace Center is an all-inclusive outreach center that offers a food pantry, resource coaching, as well as different classes such as CPR certification and English as a second language. Our residents have been having a blast with their new classes and coaches. When I got into work at 8 am on the day of the class one of the resident’s said “I just want it to be class time already!”. It’s those comments that make it all worth while!
Conversation with the teacher “are you sure coffee isn’t a NEED?”
Debating on who has the best handwriting to write up on the board!
Apparently Joe has the best handwriting!
Wants and needs list
Hi all, Jaycie here! Just wanted to post a little update about our new connection with the Peace Center at Capital Christian Center. They are teaching a brand new Life Skills 201 Program exclusively for Quixote Village residents! Their staff came and presented the program to our residents and got feedback about what they’d like to learn about. It’s a personalized program just for QV! Our residents will be learning about:
- Personal Fitness
- Community Fitness
- Cooking from the garden (garden to table)
- Finance and budgeting
- Time management
- Resume Building
- Job Interviewing
- and anything in between!
We are so excited about this new partnership. We just had our first class last night and it went great! Each resident has their own Life Coach that will help them with the curriculum. It was great to see everyone learning from each other. I really want to give a big THANK YOU to the Peace Center and all of the volunteer life coaches. I’m excited to see where this partnership will go and the bond it will create on our community. Enjoy the pictures below! 🙂
Steve and Don coming up with their team name “Ice Breakers”
Getting to know each other!
Life Skills Program 201 – May 2017
The group celebrating their first class together! May 2017
We are SOOO thankful for the lovely Jill Severn! She donated some cinder blocks and beauty bark for our garden. Not only did she do that but she invited a bunch of her friends and neighbors to help put it all together! It was such a beautiful day today – perfect for a garden work party! Residents, staff, board members, and community members came together to work on our new garden beds. It was a fun time with a rockin’ pizza party at the end. I’ve uploaded some of our hard work (well, I mostly just took pictures and kept spraying everyone down with sunblock). We’ve created multiple beds with walkways big enough for our wheel barrows. We had a student from Seattle University come down to do an interview and he ended up working on the garden with us – thanks Jamoral! We’re going to start planting next! Your Village Neighbor, Jaycie Osterberg
The Garden Party Crew (absent: Jill, she was on the pizza run!)
Figuring out where the beauty bark goes!
Our board member Tim getting to it!