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“I Count Thurston’ Homeless Survey, January 26 –
Locally in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino

– From Jessica Caldwell, I Count Thurston PIT Coordinator and Rural Community Connect Events Lead:
Every year Thurston County is responsible for the Point-in-Time [PIT] Homeless Survey to create an annual report that represents those living in sub-standard living conditions or experiencing homelessness. The I Count Thurston team will be training over 100 volunteers to facilitate the survey as well as securing donations to offer those who complete the survey, a care package of useful goods.

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The goal of the Community Connect Event is to offer free services, care and engagement from local community members, to those living in sub-standard living conditions. This year with an emphasis on counting more of our homeless neighbors living in the rural areas, we are partnering with Yelm Community Services (the food bank) and The Lions Club for our event site, as we will be able to reach and survey more people than previous years. Because the survey itself does not offer immediate relief, the I Count Thurston team feels that activating local businesses, service providers and volunteers, will help to increase public awareness and offer the greatest immediate support to those who need it.

– Update: January 19, 2017
“Survey Will Count Homeless Population”
“Volunteers and Donations Needed for iCount Thurston’s Community Connect Events”
By Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News.
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– Update, January 26, 2017
“Expanded Homeless Census Aims to Shine Light on Rural Communities”
“When Anita Marriott thinks about homelessness, her mind usually goes to downtown Olympia. There, the issue is clearly visible and as a result, many of the services available in Thurston County are directed to the urban core.

But Marriott, a long-time resident of rural Yelm, knows that the problem is not specific to Olympia. ‘My brother works at the Safeway in Yelm, and he’s told me stories of people living in the bushes. The merchants in town really know about the issue,’” she says,” by Heidi Smith, Thurston Talk.
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– UPDATE: February 2, 2017
“Yelm Shines During Homeless Count Event”
“Businesses, Organizations Open Their Hearts to Assist Those Without a Place of Their Own”

“The volunteers of Yelm’s Community Connect Event: Kevin Jackson, Gregory Platt, Jade Jackson, Cari Schwisow, Mary Beth O’Connell, Jan Jones, Anita Marriott, Jessica Caldwell, Jim Capezio, Tom Dewell, Martha Jorgensen and Ralph Marriott.”
By Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News.
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Posted by Steve on January 24, 2017 at 12:06 am | Permalink

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