For people of conscience | Guest View

By Monda Van Hollebeke | Apr 15, 2017
Monda Van Hollebeke

I wish to express my concern about a critical problem in our beautiful, comfortable town: a dire absence of housing for those of modest income, as well as for homeless families and individuals.

Over a three-month period, on half-a-dozen Friday nights, my husband Dick and I, with a group of wonderful volunteers, provided 20 to 50 adult men and women – on evenings the temperature fell below 34 degrees – with a warm place to sleep, safety, a mat and blanket, a hot dinner, breakfast and a sack lunch.

The Edmonds Senior Center generously provided hospitality.

Mark and Sue Waldrin of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, the founders and leaders of "We All Belong," were assisted by members of four other congregations: St. Thomas More and Holy Rosary Catholic churches, Edmonds United Methodist Church and Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church.

There are so many good-hearted people in this community!

Dick and I were humbled and impressed by the dedication and dependability of these warm, giving volunteers. We were also impressed by the gratitude and friendliness of the guests, toward us and toward each other. It was a lesson for all of us in the value of human beings caring for others and "having each other's backs."

Speaking of which, the people of Edmonds are on the verge of doing something positive and life-changing for others.

On 6:30 p.m. April 24, in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, the Edmonds Housing Instability Coalition, in cooperation with the city of Edmonds, will present a panel discussion on low-income housing needs in Edmonds.

Dorothy Trinen, of the Edmonds Housing Instability Coalition, helped lead the effort to bring this critical area of need to the attention of our citizens and city leaders.

Mark Smith, executive director of the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County, will moderate a panel of four speakers:

Chris Collier, director of the Alliance for Housing Affordability; Mary Anne Dillon-Bryant, regional director of Snohomish County YWCA; Elizabeth Kohl, director of Social Services, Housing Hope; and Shane Hope, Edmonds’ director of Development Services.

They will address the question of what the citizens of Edmonds need to learn about low-income housing needs in their community. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions.

I strongly urge all people of conscience in this city to attend.



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