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NVN’s Michael Wagar brings local issue to forefront

Quoting NVN Editor/Publisher Michael Wagar’s editorial this week:
“Rural areas left behind in homeless census count”
“The unsheltered are found in cars, tents, in the woods under trees, parks, sidewalks, abandoned buildings, under bridges and out on the streets. Homeless people often lack access to drinking water, bathrooms, heat, ovens and bathing facilities.”

“The Yelm area has faith-based organizations and service clubs that reach out to those in dire need, offering free meals and transitional housing. Each week, for example, homeless teens in Yelm can pick up a backpack full of easy-to-eat food and necessities on a Friday to get them through the weekend.

This area is often found in the same category of homeless people when it comes to state services: invisible. We lack the denser population found in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater that demands attention.”
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Editor’s Note:

Pastor Jeff Adams
Photo credit: Facebook page of Jeff Adams, who changed his Facebook picture after last week’s Yelm Community Blog comment.

Jeff, come on big guy, let us hear via your weekly “religious column” about your contributions & work to uplift others here. Being divisive does not become your new photo, smile.

My wife & I recently spoke with a local Christian organization about donating. Knowing that Pastor Jeff Adams might object to a Christian organization taking donations from RSE students, we asked if they would be willing to take Adams’ potential blow-back in accepting our contribution.
How sad that we had to even prepare for such a possibility from a local Christian minister.

Whether Christian, Jew, Muslim or RSE student, aren’t we ALL in this together to support our local neighbors in-need in our community?

Gosh, the city is pulling out the stops to ask residents to pony-up an average of $100+ a year for 25 years for a park overhaul, yet we have homeless children here that need our help and we hear no-thing from City Hall on this issue!

Posted by Steve on July 14, 2013 at 6:22 am | Permalink

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