THE THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED . . . .
....things that are so needed, welcomed and appreciated by someone who has no home
A Safe & Secure Place to Sleep
The Sleeping Center -- a joint effort of the City of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless -- was opened May 2017. The shelter provides a safe place to sleep, as well as a place where clients can store their belongings during the day. The Sleeping Center opens before dark and is staffed by Alliance volunteers until 10 p.m. Security is onsite until 9 a.m. when the clients of The Sleeping Center depart. Currently there are about 40 people using the Sleeping Center each night.
The Alliance has partnered with Pioneer United Methodist Church for shower facilities for the homelessness. Doors are opened for three hours one day per week. Participants of The Exit Homelessness Program also have access to showers at The Progress Center.
Exit Homelessness -
A Way Forward
How does one move from just having a place to sleep to the next stage – to having a home? Let’s face it….to “exit” homelessness people often need to remove many barriers. To facilitate the transition, an ambitious project was created known as The Exit Homelessness Program. Designed and implemented by the Alliance, the Progress Center opened January 2018 in the basement of City Hall. Through goal setting, Alliance volunteers at the Progress Center help clear away whatever obstacles might be keeping the participants from a more stable lifestyle. Volunteers assist participants in obtaining identification, qualifying for benefits, finding health care, resolving legal or financial issues, accessing education, or completing housing and employment applications. Computers are available for job searches and resume preparation. The Exit Homelessness Program’s Community Beautification Team works in coordination with the City’s Parks and Recreation department to cleanup parks, parking lots and downtown sidewalks
How can you have clean clothes when you have no home and don’t even have enough money to eat? How can you hope to get the most menial of jobs if you cannot present yourself in clean clothes? The Alliance sponsors free laundry service for homeless people at the Speed Wash Laundry, 2023 E. Isaacs in Walla Walla on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30.
Also, Open Hands Laundry Love ministry serves at the Southgate Center Laundromat, 929 South 2nd Ave, on the last Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.
How can you receive mail or manage official communication or even fill out the most basic application forms when you have no mailing address This is an issue faced daily by those experiencing homelessness. The Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless is pleased to provide mailboxes free of charge for homeless Walla Walla citizens. The boxes are located at 4th & Birch, behind the Christian Aid Center. Applications are available at the St. Paul’s church office from 9-5 M-F, and can be returned there when completed.
Karen, 23, with her girlfriend Rebecca set a high standard for dysfunctional couplehood at the Sleeping Center until Rebecca was expelled for violence last fall. Rebecca expected Karen to follow her out of the camp, but Karen elected to stay. Today Karen works full-time at PDQ and lives in supportive housing. She biked by to tell us she’s clean and sober, four months today. “I don’t even smoke weed anymore,” she says.