We would like to continue our ongoing engagement with you about our commitment to making a difference in the lives of our Eastside neighbors experiencing homelessness. As you know, the New Bethlehem Day Center opened its doors in our basement roughly two years ago. The Day Center is open every day from 2-8pm. You can get additional information about the New Bethlehem Day Center and the New Bethlehem Project at www.nbpshelter.org.
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, November 5 at 7:30pm, hosted by Salt House at 11920 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033. This semi-annual forum is intended to provide a time to share feedback, take a tour of the Day Center if you haven’t yet had a chance to stop by, and for us to continue to deepen our understanding of the needs and interests of all of our neighbors.
At our November forum we would also like to update you about progress on the new 24-hour permanent shelter for families and adult women experiencing homelessness, which will be located on the NW corner of our Salt House property (a parcel which has now been sold to the City of Kirkland). The building will provide a permanent location for the Eastside shelters and day centers currently run by CCS (who will run the family program) and The Sophia Way (who will operate the program for adult women). Fund-raising for the shelter has been underway since early this year with the Eastside CARES $2 million campaign, including funds for an operational reserve to ensure the long-term health of the programs; you can find information about the Eastside CARES campaign at www.eastsidecares.org. We are very excited that as of last week the final piece of public funding has now been secured. The project manager, Catholic Housing Services, has filed for a land use permit and we expect to break ground on the new building around March of 2019.
We are always open to hear your thoughts; the Forum is just one opportunity. 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.
On behalf of the families served by the current day center, and the families and women who will be served by the new shelter, thank you for considering attending the forum or offering your input in any way to the process.