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Phil Owen, director of SIDEWALK , a program of Interfaith Works whose mission is to eliminate homelessness in Thurston County was the speaker at the February 3, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.


Homelessness is down 17% in the US, since 2007.  In 2013, SIDEWALK placed 170 individuals in housing.  By using rapid rehousing to end homelessness - a rental assistance program that combines continued case management with rent support - the cycle of homelessness can be broken.  SIDEWALK is run almost entirely by volunteers, who receive 50 hours of training before they begin their volunteer activities.  For more information, contact:  www.walkthurston.org or call 360-515-5587.  Volunteer training happens every quarter.  

Jan B
  Posted on: Monday, June 8, 2015
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Retiring TESC President - Dr. Purce

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Dr. Thomas L. "Les" Purce, the outgoing 15 year president of the Evergreen State College, spoke at the June 8, 2015 meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.  Dr. Purce thanked the community for their support of this 1,000 acre college, which was before it's time when it was created to consider the ecological effects of an institution.  Over 55% of the students come from the community, and 25% come from the rest of the US, with other students coming from the rest of the world!  The Evergreen State College has again been declared to be one of the most cost effective, reasonably priced college in the nation, and the only one on the West Coast.  Dr. Purce finished his presentation by singing the ESC anthem, with both the Latin motto and the "English" translation!

For more information about the Evergreen State College, go to:   http://evergreen.edu/
Jan B

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