Some of you may remember our friend Reggie. He was a longtime guest in our Hygiene Center and slept on the stairs of our building for over a decade. He moved into permanent supportive housing a few years ago and stopped by this week to let us know that he has moved out of that building and is in his very own apartment now. We are so happy for him! Check out his story on the front page of the Seattle Times earlier this week!
Since the beginning of the year, nine members of the ICS community have moved into permanent housing!!
Several longtime Hygiene Center guests and a few Recovery Shelter residents signed leases, received their keys and after a combined 100 years of homelessness, they finally have a safe place to call home. This is not an easy process, which makes these moments when a person takes that first step into their new lives that much sweeter.
Don is our Meals Program Assistant serving with us through AmeriCorps. He cooks and serves delicious breakfasts and lunches for our Hygiene Center guests each day with care and compassion and when he’s not doing that, he’s helping in the Food Bank! Don lives in the neighborhood and at times has used ICS programs in order to survive.
What a wonderful chance to start again. AmeriCorps has opened my eyes to new adventures. I’ve always been cooking for people; homeless people, community people, people I see and live around every day. I am so grateful for this opportunity to not only get a job near where I live but that they have given me the opportunity to give back to an organization and community which has helped me personally. While at one point I relied on Immanuel Community Services for Assistance, I now, on a day-to-day basis, have been able to do exactly what they’ve done for me, for others in my community, some of which I’ve known for years. I’m 73 years old. At ICS, age doesn’t matter, race doesn’t seem to matter. It’s a help one, help all kind of job. With all, not just me. Thank you!