Amidst the sounds of the wailing horns, and the lively aromas of Mediterranean food and fresh coffee, you could see the beginnings of how to make a community cafe. A dash of break-dancing here, a spread of community mapping there, and a whole line-up of resources for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Well over 120...
"This past weekend, the Doorway Project, a community organization whose goal is to end youth homelessness, invited those who live in the U-District to join them at their second pop-up cafe at University Heights Center."
[A man gets his feet cared for inside the University Heights Center at the Doorway Project's Pop-Up Cafe. (Photo Credit: Daniel Kim, The Daily)]
Homeless people with pets are usually criticized and sometimes turned away from shelters. But that’s starting to change.
Stan shares a quiet moment with Bud the Amazing Wonder Dog at The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic in Seattle last month. “Without this clinic there’s no way I could’ve … had him,” Stan said. The clinic operates the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at Union Gospel Mission. (Photo Credit: Courtney Pedroza/The Seattle Times)
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"FROM A DISTANCE, the University Commons building is indistinguishable from any other condo-mixed-use-four-story project lining New Seattle’s streets.
By the front gate, differences come into focus.
The first hint is the gate itself, a metalwork design by Northwest artist Nikki McClure, beloved for her paper-cut illustrations embracing families and food. The branching apple tree she crafted brims with abundance and warmth.
The food-bank facilities occupy the building’s first floor and roof; the nonprofit Low Income Housing Instituteoversees 49 studios and apartments on the other floors, including 20 set aside for homeless young adults. Street Bean Coffee Roasters, a job-training program for homeless youth, operates a coffee shop with a separate entrance on the ground floor.
The actual food bank looks more like a supermarket than anything else, one with limits on some categories but no price tags. It’s a big departure from traditional setups, where people in need line up for prepacked bags of canned goods."
Join us for our SECOND Pop Up Cafe at U Heights Center!
This is a free, family-friendly event for everyone who lives, works, or plays in Seattle's University District.
Live music, community mapping, warm beverages, food trucks. There will be a "Pay-It-Forward" model and no one will be turned away for lack of funds!
The long-term goal of the project is to open a navigation center and hub in the University District that caters to homeless young people. Ensign is coordinator of the project."
Take a listen to this excellent KUOW interview on All Things Considered with one of our team leaders, Dr. Josephine Ensign. LISTEN HERE
"A banjo cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” carried through the parking lot, an unlikely ode to the newest effort to alleviate homelessness in the U-District.
That effort, the Doorway Project, aims to establish a community hub for homeless youth. The UW-led initiative of students, faculty, and community service providers, will host quarterly pop-up cafes before setting up a permanent location that doubles as a navigation center, connecting homeless youth with local services.
The first pop-up took place this Sunday in the U Heights Community Center parking lot where...'CONTINUE READING
"Just days after King County leaders talked about creating a new task force to tackle the homelessness problem, the University of Washington community launched a new effort Sunday to combat youth homelessness.
The innovative idea, called The Doorway Project, has $1 million in new state funds to help.
It's hoping UW, in partnership with faculty, students and community agencies, will collaborate to develop a new..."CONTINUE READING
On Monday November 27th, the University of Washington published a press release that does an excellent job of explaining the current state of youth homelessness in the U District, the goals of the Doorway Project, as well as some excellent interviews from key leaders on our team. Please check out the article in the link below: