TV: “Solving Homelessness Problems in New Ways: A Systems Approach”

Watch this insightful TV interview HERE.

Read a very thorough summary of what we said HERE.

The greater Olympia and Thurston County areas have recently been addressing the homelessness problems in more thoughtful and comprehensive ways. On the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s June 2013 TV program, three guests dispel the misunderstandings that have impaired public discussions. Our guests also lay out some of the positive new directions for helping homeless people more effectively. See contact information for these guests and several great non-profit organizations at the end of this article.

We begin with a clearer understanding of who is homeless and why. The stereotypes are not accurate. Poverty and homelessness are common also in rural areas, besides downtown.

Please watch the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s June 2013 TV program. You’ll discover new information, new insights, and new hope that we can be more effective in helping people who do not yet have decent places to live. Our guests are Selena Kilmoyer, Theresa Slusher, and Jill Severn.

Selena Kilmoyer has worked for many years to meet the needs of people who don’t have places to live, and for young people and others at risk. When she came to Olympia she worked with Bread and Roses, the local House of Hospitality (www.breadandrosesolympia) based on the Catholic Worker model. She has worked with other agencies as well.

Theresa Slusher is the Homeless Coordinator for Thurston County from the spring of 2012 through March 31, 2014. She has more than 18 years of experience working on homeless issues, and she has significantly helped our local community address the problems in an effective and well organized way. Contact her at coordinatethurston@gmail.com

Jill Severn served a number of years as president of the board working with Camp Quixote, the home-less encampment that is self-governed and has operated very effectively for several years. Camp Quixote has moved every few months from one church parking lot to another, and now it is planning for a permanent location in the SW Olympia – Tumwater area with small cottages. Contact www.QuixoteVillage.com