Fall Field Trips: Seventh Grade Service

Yesterday, the seventh grade had a powerful full day learning about individuals and/or families in our community seeking support for basic needs, and what services/supports exist for them.

The day began with a visit with Susan from Real Change, an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity and takes action for economic, social, and racial justice. Susan told the girls about Real Change’s vision to create just, caring and inclusive community, where people are no longer marginalized by racism and classism and have the means to live with dignity, and she gave each girl a handmade Compassion Heart. The girls also heard from Rev. Reynolds from Operation Nightwatch, a service helping to place hundred of homeless men in shelters each night; and FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for over 7,500 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 6 million meals to disadvantaged people in our community.

After that, groups hopped on King County Metro busses, and set off in different directions: One went to Lambert House, a safe place for queer youth ages 22 and under. The girls learned that Lambert House packs its calendar with fun activities, support groups, planning meetings, dances, and other events to make life better for GLBTQ youth. Everyday, approximately 25 youth visit Lambert House. The drop-in center has a full kitchen, living room with a pool table, a stereo for tunes, a library with queer books, TV, games, and people to talk with about anything. Other groups went to Compass Housing, providing housing and services for homeless and low-income men, women and families in King County; Treehouse, an organization committed to leveling the playing field for youth in foster care, so that each is included, may prosper in, and contribute to society. The girls also brought our community’s collection of donated items to Tent City 3 and Hope Place, where they served dinner to homeless women and their children.

Chatting with Susan from Real Change well after her talk was complete.

Chatting with Susan from Real Change well after her talk was complete.

Thank yous to Lambert House.

Thank yous to Lambert House.

The Treehouse Group.

The Treehouse Group.

At Tent City 3

At Tent City 3

Finally, the girls made their way to the Columbia City Church of Hope, a place where people can integrate their various experiences of life through ritual, community, and story, where they spent the night in the basement/shelter area. Joe Sherman P’17 spoke to the girls about the church and their mission, and also and Mary's Place’s, empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing rotation shelter (Monday night at the Columbia City Church of Hope), nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.

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