PSKS announces a matching fund for our September 29th Breakfast Fundraiser!
Any donation of $300 or more will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $17,000!
Thank you to:
- Julie and Dan Little
- Nancy Skinner Nordhoff
- Vulcan Real Estate
Andrew will be the first to tell you that the nickname “Puke” has been around for a long time and is certainly well deserved. But Andrew is ready to leave that nickname and his past behind.
Andrew has been experiencing homelessness off and on since 2003. For a long time he hitchhiked around the country, becoming very integrated into street life in drop-in centers.
He has never held an official job before. In fact, Andrew came to PSKS because he wasn’t comfortable having a job anywhere else.
For the past three months Andrew has been working in the HYPE Community Center, where he learned that whatever he puts his mind to, he can do well. He enjoys not being on the receiving side of services for a change and has seen a noticeable increase in his self-value and confidence.
Andrew is now looking for his first regular job and wants to find a place that he’s used to, where he can be with his kind of people. He’ll be applying for an on-call position with the PSKS Overnight Shelter and wants to work at the Value Village in his neighborhood.
Andrew recently gained housing through Section 8. In the week he’s been there his favorite aspect has been his balcony, where he can spend time outside. He’s getting used to being stably housed again and is enjoying reading (he loves long book series and is currently reading Dune) and watching Netflix (with their long list of B movies and his personal favorite, Starship Troopers).
For PSKS, Andrew has been a constant and steady force in the HYPE Community Center. He has specialized in making all of our participants feel welcome and is constantly greeting everyone who walks through the door. And while his internship may be ending, we know that Andrew will be a positive presence at PSKS in the years to come.
This Spring and Summer PSKS has been all over the Puget Sound area. Take a look at the pictures below to see our experiences hiking, seeing the amazing work of Kehinde Wiley at the SAM, having art class and visiting the Pacific Science Center.
Ebo, who works in the Arts Department at GayCity, has been doing spoken word and poetry slams for 10 years, and just got back to Seattle after a national competition in Georgia. As someone who identifies as a part of many marginalized communities, they fell in love with spoken word because it got people to listen to them.
For the past two weeks Ebo has been volunteering their time bringing Spoken Word to PSKS. It started as a way to bring together marginalized communities that wanted to write, who wanted to put their experiences, thoughts, and ideas on paper.
In each of the last two workshops our participants have found inspiration from each other. Some wrote for a bit before they talked, some talked and then tried to channel their thoughts onto paper. Either way, the results were immediate: more empathy, awareness and compassion.
Ebo wants to continue bringing spoken word to PSKS. Keep an eye out for more announcements about scheduled workshops!