Last week, nine storytellers bravely stood before a live audience and shared how homelessness has affected their lives. Firesteel's new volunteer advocacy assistant, Jenn Martinis, contemplates a theme that emerged from the evening: The storytellers were all amazing people who eventually found their home, but having access to a support system was critical to their success.
"It’s the small, meaningful conversations we have person to person that create societal change." Writer and activist Amanda M. Vail shares how she advocates for causes that matter to her in this inspiring post.
In a new story produced from the StoryCorps "Finding Our Way" project, Andrea and Lawrence Charles talk about protecting their daughter while experiencing homelessness. Listen to their conversation, and see photos by Dan Lamont documenting the Charles's everyday life as they transition from homelessness to stability.
While we're still basking in the afterglow of Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, our advocacy coordinator shares some highlights from the event, as well as next steps for creating change!
Our YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish colleague Betty Jimerson is an energetic advocate who shares her personal story of family homelessness in order to help others. Read how activities like volunteering with the One Night Count, passing out sandwiches in downtown Seattle, and testifying in Olympia fit into her definition of advocacy.