KP first came to Seattle last winter when the opening of the shelter was passed on to her from a friend and PSKS Participant. Immediately, KP became a regular fixture in both the shelter and in the HYPE Community Center, joining CORE and becoming a voice for PSKS.
Two months later KP joined the LEAP Internship program as one of the two Queer Youth Community Organizers working to connect LGTBQ homeless youth with PSKS and other direct services. This work culminated in the hosting of the Queerdo Dance Party, an event that brought in LGTBQ youth and other service providers for a fun and safe night.
Throughout her internship KP worked tirelessly to gain new employment and personal skills so that she could transition into a lasting employment opportunity. That opportunity came at PSKS. With the recent and permanent expansion of our overnight shelter, we needed a staff member who could appropriately balance the needs of those relying on and staying in the shelter and those of PSKS. Following our model of Hiring the Homeless, we knew KP was the perfect fit.
Within days of completing her internship, KP was hired as one of our Shelter Staff and has become an active and vocal leader to all of our Participants.
Join us in congratulating KP, the newest Participant/Intern/Staff member at PSKS.