Walk The Walk - December 2018
I want to thank you all for supporting SideWalk through another great year! While this year has been filled with challenges, together we've continued our work to end homelessness in Thurston County. By the end of the year, we will have helped 269 more people escape the streets of Olympia and move into a safe and warm place to call home. We also celebrated our 1 year anniversary at the Community Care Center which is changing the lives of vulnerable people in Thurston County.
This year, we saw the City of Olympia take action on policies that will help make more housing available to people experiencing homelessness. The Missing Middle proposals were passed by the Olympia City Council in November, which expands multifamily homes into more land across Olympia. In February, the voters of Olympia also approved an increase in the sales and use tax to benefit the Home Fund, a local housing trust fund. This modest tax increase is funding the creation of at least 350 homes with support services over the next 10 years. We appreciate the community's support of city policies that aim to get people off the streets!
We also experienced landmark numbers at both of our big events this year! At Love For a Change in March, we raised over $70,000. Our annual Gingerbread Village event saw record attendance and we were able to raise over $12,000. Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make these events happen and to everyone who gave generously in support of our mission.
While homelessness is growing in our community, SideWalk is proof that our community is rallying to respond. We now have over 50 active volunteers who have helped more than 1,300 people find housing since our inception in 2012. This was a very successful year for SideWalk and we're going to keep working harder towards our mission.
"We" doesn't just mean we at SideWalk – it means all of us. Together, we can end homelessness in Thurston County.