Join us on Monday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Salt House for a community meeting about the long-term shelter. We've invited folks from the neighborhood as well as leadership from the New Bethlehem Project and Catholic Community Services. Come engage in the conversation and make sure your voice is heard.
The meeting will be followed by an opportunity to see the New Bethlehem Day Center located in the basement of Salt House. If you'd like to join us online for this forum, please check out our forum http://www.salthousechurch.org/forum
HERE IS THE LETTER WE SENT TO OUR COMMUNITY
Dear Fellow Community Members,
We would like to follow-up with you about the New Bethlehem Day Center, which three months ago, on November 6, 2016, opened its doors in our basement. As you might recall from our previous communications, the New Bethlehem Day Center is a partnership among Salt House, Catholic Community Services and the New Bethlehem Project team which is focused on increasing the resources available to assist families experiencing homelessness in our community. The New Bethlehem Day Center has already provided a comfortable, safe place for over 130 individual family members to stay during the day, with meals, showers, laundry, computer access, and connection to employment, housing and case management services. We are currently open from 2-8pm on Sundays through Thursdays.
We would like to invite you to join us to share your feedback about the operations and impact of the New Bethlehem Day Center on our neighborhood, and to get a chance to meet us and the New Bethlehem Day Center staff. We would welcome your attendance at a Neighborhood Forum on Monday, February 27 at 7:30pm, hosted by Salt House at 11920 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033. The forum is intended to provide a time to share feedback, take a tour of the Day Center, get to know each other and our work in the community, and for us to continue to deepen our understanding of the needs and interests of all of our neighbors. In addition, we would like to share our very preliminary plans with you for the building on our property of a new, permanent shelter and services hub for women and families experiencing homelessness. This is a multi-year project which is in its very early phase, but we would like to be as transparent as possible as we begin our work with the City of Kirkland to move the vision forward.
We are always open to hear your thoughts; the forum is just one opportunity. You can also participate in an online discussion we are hosting on our website at www.salthousechurch.org. We see community participation as key to our success and we want to work with you to provide a healthy community for all persons. Always feel welcome to contact us individually at this time or in the future.
You can get additional information about the New Bethlehem Day Center and the New Bethlehem Project at www.npbshelter.org. Catholic Community Services, which manages the day-to-day operations of the Day Center, has been serving the poorest and most vulnerable people in Western Washington for over 90 years, and like Salt House welcomes all people regardless of their religious affiliation or beliefs.
On behalf of the families served, thank you for considering attending the forum or offering your input in any way to the process.