Someone To Talk To
Nobody ever plans to become homeless. And we know you’ve already been through the wringer trying to get help.
At SideWalk, you won’t see yet another social worker. You’ll start off talking one-on-one with a caring volunteer who’s here to listen and help. Together, you and your SideWalk volunteer will go over your individual situation and come up with ideas to escape the streets.
We know you’re not just looking for a place for tonight - you’re looking for a place to live.
If you’re eligible, SideWalk can offer you short-term financial assistance. You can use this to stay with a friend or family member, or to move into a room or an apartment of your own. The amount we can offer varies on a case-by-case basis, and we’ll discuss that with you when you come in to see us.
Because nobody knows better than you what’s best for you, we’ll ask you first to find that new place yourself. Your SideWalk volunteer can help you figure out where to start, and will be ready to go over the finances and what we can offer when you’re ready. If you’ve tried to find a new place and find yourself struggling, your SideWalk volunteer can offer additional support and help you with the search.
An extra Helping Hand
While most of our participants find a place to move into on their own, some people need a little extra help. If you’re eligible, SideWalk staff can give you an extra hand to find a new place. We save this for people who truly need the extra help, so additional eligibility requirements apply.
A Ride Home
If you can find a place to live outside Thurston County (usually with a friend or family member), SideWalk can pay for basic travel to get you there. We’ll talk to that person first before we send you on the road, and eligibility requirements apply.
Connection To Other Services
While we focus on housing, we know that you might want help with other things. Our volunteers know about other resources in our community, and can help you connect to those resources. This includes things like food, showers and laundry, medical care, mental health care, homeless shelters, and other housing providers.
Ready To Escape The Streets?
SideWalk volunteers are here every week to help you get started. We work out of the Providence Community Care Center, 225 State Ave NE in Downtown Olympia. Our volunteers are at the PCCC every Monday through Wednesday, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please call us at 360-515-5587 for other options.