Thank You For Your Generosity
During the holiday services on December 20 and 24, our congregation was offered the opportunity to donate funds in support of a new shelter to be opened soon by Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness (LCP). Your generosity was amazing! We sent $9,500 to Lake City Partners this week! The new 24/7 enhanced shelter, “The Oaks,” is in a former nursing home on Aurora Avenue N at 165th Street in Shoreline. Final work is being completed, including fine tuning of the fire alarm and sprinkler system. It is anticipated that the first wing of the shelter will open in late February or early March.
The Oaks will operate 24/7, so once guests move in, they can stay. No more packing up all their belongings every morning and wandering about the streets wondering where they will sleep that night. Shelter guests will be from North Seattle, Shoreline, Kenmore, and Bothell. There are private rooms, many with their own bathroom, as well as common areas for meals and activities once it is safe to gather again. Dinner and breakfast will be served. Arrangements are being made for a variety of service providers to be available at the shelter to help people solve immediate problems and move on to transitional or permanent housing. Twenty guests will be accepted at first, gradually increasing to a maximum of about sixty people.
The funds we have donated are earmarked for a new Recuperative Care Program. Many guests have chronic health conditions, so a nurse will be on staff to do wellness checks to ensure that health needs are being met. Commonly needed medical supplies, such as abscess kits, will be available. In addition, the nurse will work with patients being released from the hospital to the shelter to assure that they are receiving appropriate care, manage medications, help arrange follow-up appointments, etc. to help assure that patients make a full recovery.
Thank you so much for your interest and support for the new enhanced Lake City Partners shelter at The Oaks and its Recuperative Care Program. Your generosity is much appreciated!
Cynthia Salzman, Sallie Dacey, and Judy Oerkvitz
LCP Project/Economic Justice Team