Firesteel Blog

Our blog is a space for stories about homelessness, as well as ideas for creating economic security for women and families. You’ll often see posts from advocates across the state. We’d love to share your contributions, too. Get in touch with your ideas for the blog.

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Tools for Change: New Online Resources for Advocates

Laura (left), who once lived in a tent, sees her new apartment for the first time in this still frame from "I Could Be Ready." The video is one episode of the "Homeless in Bellingham" series, which explores topics that are relevant to communities across the state.
Laura (left), who once lived in a tent, sees her new apartment for the first time in this still frame from "I Could Be Ready." The video is one episode of the "Homeless in Bellingham" series, which explores topics that are relevant to communities across the state.
The “Homeless in Bellingham” video series and the Toolkit to Combat the Criminalization of Homelessness are two great online resources for housing advocates.

“It Was Very Cold and Very Dark”: Single Mother Evicted From Her Home

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Gretchen Waschke fell behind on her bills while going through a divorce, and arrived home one night to find her water and electricity shut off. There was an eviction notice on her door, and she spent a sleepless night wondering where she and her daughter would live. In a new video recorded at Building Changes’ “Talk It Up: Stories of Home, Lost & Found” event, Gretchen shares her story and talks about her current work serving families who are experiencing homelessness.

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“She Was Just a Struggling Person”

As a child, Timothy Bell was terrified of his mother. He escaped her abuse at age 12 and lived on the streets for a summer. Years later, after his mother died, Timothy made a discovery that changed his perception of her. In a new video recorded at Building Changes’ “Talk It Up: Stories of Home, Lost & Found” event, Timothy shares his story and talks about his current work with youth who are in foster care.

“We Got a Phone Call That Our House Had Burned Down”

Liz Allen’s house went up in flames when she was 13, and her family lost nearly all their belongings. Her mom tried to spin the following weeks as an adventure — their family was going to stay in a hotel with a pool! But the challenges of instability eventually weighed heavy, and grief struck on a night when Liz didn’t expect it. In a new video recorded at Building Changes’ “Talk It Up: Stories of Home, Lost & Found” event, Liz shares her story and talks about how her experiences relate to the advocacy work she does now.

Advocacy Works!

The 2016 state legislative regular session wrapped up last week. Thanks to you, we’ve had some important victories. It’s not over yet, though! Lawmakers are still in Olympia, and your ongoing advocacy is needed.

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