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11920 Northeast 80th Street
Kirkland, WA, 98033

425-298-4973

We are a Jesus-focused, inclusive community of faith that strives to live as Jesus lived in real, everyday ways. Come Thrive Go. Salt House is a Church on Seattle's Eastside located in Kirkland, Washington. 

Location: 11920 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.

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Land Use Vote Results

Jason Bendickson

Thank you all for voicing opinions, showing up, and voting in regards to the proposal to sell a portion of our land to become a 24-hour shelter for families and single women experiencing homelessness.  Two location possibilities were considered, the existing parsonage parcel, or the undeveloped northwest corner.  We voted during December, and the results are in! 

  • 27 Votes: Yes, I support the sale
  • 23 Votes: Yes, I support the sale, but only if we are able to sell the NW corner of the property (leaving the SW parsonage rental property intact)
  • 4 Votes: No, I do not support the sale 

We are moving forward with the sale!  Since the vote, we received a new draft ‘massing’ plan from the architect which verified the option of using the NW corner for the sale and development of the shelter. Great news! The City of Kirkland also verified that we can do a Lot Line Adjustment to create a new parcel on the NW corner without triggering the need for a short-plat process (much faster, less expensive). With the verification of the preferred NW option, and the voting results above (50 yes, 4 no), are moving toward the next steps of approval of our plan by our parent congregation, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church's, council and congregation. Key dates include the HSLC council meeting on January 10, and the HSLC congregational meeting on January 29 at noon. 

With excitement and hope we're responding to the urgent need for a 24/7/365 emergency shelter on the Eastside!  Thank you, Salt House family!

Important Update about Long Term Shelter Possibility

Jason Bendickson

Nov. 20, 2016 Kim Saunders presents the current status of the Long Term Shelter Proposal / Kairos for Salt House

At Salt House, we are in the midst of a kairos moment, a moment of significance, as we prayerfully consider selling a portion of our three acres of land to be developed into a 24-hour shelter for families and for women experiencing homelessness. We need your input. Together, we ask the questions we always ask: What is God saying? What will we do about it? We've listed notes below that were on the screen during last Sunday's presentation. If you have any questions for feedback, please e-mail us at saraw@salthousechurch.org

Salt House is a ministry with a Christ-centered, casual, interactive, radically inclusive and experimental approach to worship + life together. Salt House reaches out to the fringes of our neighborhood – targeting young adults and all who find themselves in the liminal spaces of life.  

NEW BETHLEHEM DAY CENTER UPDATE

  • Helping families experiencing homelessness
    • Estimated 10,000 people experiencing homelessness in King County, including several hundred children attending school in Lake Washington School District
    • 40 people living in cars in the LWUMC church parking lot
    • 50 beds in emergency overnight shelter which opened October 15
  • Current hours: 2-8pm Sunday through Thursday
  • Managed by Catholic Community Services
  • Opened Sunday, November 6 
  • Currently serving 6-8 families, ~25 people (88 is limit)
  • Becoming We with Day Center families

Urgent need for 24 / 7 / 365 emergency shelter / services hub on the Eastside

  • Current patchwork of emergency overnight & day centers across several locations run by CCS (families) and Sophia’s Way (women)

City of Kirkland strong response, coordinated with other Eastside jurisdictions

  • Capital funding committed & available now: $950,000 city (NEW); $350,000 state
  • Operational funding discussion: King County, state, private

  Salt House feasibility study with positive results

  • ~20,000 square feet required to meet most urgent needs (~100 beds)
  • 3 story building on small footprint (~parsonage parcel size)
  • No major blockers (geotechnical/soils, parking, trees, environmental)
  • Massing study/preliminary design completed by architect

Is Salt House willing to sell part of our property to the City to meet this need?

Is this use of our land aligned with our mission and vision?

Questions about financial feasibility will be discussed on Sunday, Dec. 4  over brunch (following worship) at Salt House.

Let the World Know You're Here!

Jason Bendickson

At Salt House, we are experimenting with an outreach + advertising + social justice mash-up during the season of Lent. The aim is to connect Facebook check-ins with making real difference in the world.

CHECK-IN FOR CHANGE

(http://www.salthousechurch.org/checkin)

We started this campaign Sunday, Feb 7 and it will run it throughout the season of Lent. People who attend Salt House for worship are invited to check-in at Salt House on Facebook and for each check-in Salt House will make a $1.00 donation the Housing Assistance Program which is a 501(c)3. We will keep track of all the check-ins, keep people updated with our progress, and communicate via announcements, slides, email, newsletter, and social media.

Things to consider:

  • A Facebook check-in usually gets seen by approximately 200 people on Facebook.
  • The anatomy of a Facebook check-in includes a personal referral, a link to the Salt House Facebook page, map location, and organization rating (Salt House is currently 4.9 stars with 8 reviews). 
  • The great thing is that the referral on Faceboook is not promoted by the institution, but by real people in real time. People who share their check-in then become the first responders to any inquires about what Salt House is and who is involved. Power to the people!
  • The Salt House Shelter in partenrship with The New Bethlehem Project has already surpassed an initial fundraising goal of $300,000 (which is awesome), so we have chosen to invest in the Housing Assistance Program (HAP). 
  • The HAP aims to prevent homelessness by offering financial assistance to at-risk families who are in danger of loosing their homes (more detailed info at SaltHouseChurch.org/Checkin

Basically, CHECK-IN FOR CHANGE is a "two-fer" with the money that we'd spend because we get Facebook visibility that is promoted by real people (not ads) and we get to donate to a great cause that connects us to the content of the season.