2nd Week of Life Skills Class 201

Hello all,

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

 

New Life Skills 201 Program

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
  • Nutrition
  • 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! 🙂

– Jaycie

Steve and Don coming up with their team name “Ice Breakers”

Getting to know each other!

Working Hard

Life Skills Program 201 – May 2017

The group celebrating their first class together! May 2017

 

May 20 Garden Updates

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!)

 

Working hard!

Figuring out where the beauty bark goes!

Our board member Tim getting to it!

Group effort!

The results

Beautiful beds!

Garden Updates – Jaycie

I’ve had some people asking for updates on our garden. Well here you go!

We have had a few weeding parties with residents, staff, volunteers, and board members. We are almost done overhauling the beds and will start planting soon! The residents have started a small garden group where people will map out where each plant goes and who will be responsible for what. We are so excited to see what this season brings! If you’d like to donate any plants, seeds, pots, or even your gardening skills – please contact me (Jaycie) at 360-890-4079 or jaycie.osterberg@quixotevillage.com. Stay tuned for more info!
Garden April 2017 (4) Garden April 2017 (3) Garden April 2017 (1) Garden April 2017 (8) Garden April 2017 (7) Garden April 2017 (5)

How it all began by Jaycie

One of our most asked questions is how did Quixote Village get started? Well, let me tell you!

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Camp Quixote Downtown, 2007

The Village started as a tent city back in 2007. The tent city was established in protest of the Pedestrian Interference Ordinance. This ordinance made it illegal to sit or lie on a sidewalk between 12am and 7am (when people usually sleep). Just as the police were threatening to break up the tent city, a local church graciously offered the residents sanctuary on their property.

Although tent city’s weren’t sanctioned, they were allowed to be on church properties. However – this was not a permanent solution. Per city regulation, each church could only host the tent city for three to six months at a time. So, as soon as residents got settled in they had to pack up and move to another church. The camps also had to have 24/7 “hosts”, or people to watch over. The hosts were 100% volunteers and we gained a lot of public support from them. Residents imagined a tiny home village where they were able to live communally as well as have their own privacy. Then came the birth of Panza. Panza worked with Camp Quixote’s Resident Council to build Quixote Village.

Camp quixote

Camp Quixote at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation host site

It was years of residents and Panza working with an abundance of different local
authorities to raise the money needed for the Village. We received money from the Department of Commerce’s Housing Trust Fund, Community Development Block Grants from Thurston County and the City of Olympia, and funding from document recording fees. We also received grants from local communities at Nisqually, Chehalis Tribe, Boeing Employees’ Fund, and local donors. Thurston County leased us our land for $1 per year for 41 years. We worked with Community Frameworks as our developer and one of our own volunteers, Garner Miller, did the architecture.

Although we had public support, there were just as many people against us. We had to show them that all of their fears of crime, vandalism, and
architectslowered property values were merely false. Location also proved to be complicated because of NIMBY (Not In My BackYard). Many people did not want “our type of community” in their neighborhood. We were even taken to court for our present location. Another downfall was zoning – since there wasn’t really any permitting for tiny homes we had to work with local legislatures to create one. We had (and still have) many supporters who advocated for the Village.

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Early stages of the village, 2013

Our residents were involved in every step of the way. They helped with the design, location, and even some of the construction. After many hours of labors of love, the Village was finally opened on December 24, 2013. Camp Quixote residents left their tents behind and started their journey of permanent housing. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the hard work of the board, residents, and community members. Housing is a right and we will continue to safely house people and provide a path to stability.