Meet the Interns: Andrew!

Published on August 25, 2016 by in Uncategorized

IMG_1665 (1)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.

 
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Sex Work Assemblage: A Resource Affair

Published on August 25, 2016 by in Uncategorized

QYCO Event

 
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PSKS Spring and Summer Activities!

Published on August 25, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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.

 

 
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Spoken Word Comes to PSKS

Published on August 25, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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!

 

 

 
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Standing with Orlando

Published on June 12, 2016 by in News

Pride flag at half mast

The participants, staff, and board at PSKS are shocked and saddened by the attack in an Orlando nightclub early this morning.  We stand in unity with our LGBTQ friends, family, and the broader community as we mourn this horrific act.  As Seattle celebrates Pride this month we renew our belief that love and unity will overcome hate and fear.

A vigil is planned at Cal Anderson Park at 8PM tonight.  Please join the community by coming together in response to this tragedy.

To read more about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest speaking up with support for Orlando, check out these developing articles from KIRO 7 and KING 5.

 
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