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.
Path with Art, a social service organization that engages and connects individuals with self, and the self with community. Firesteel volunteer, Peggy Liao, visited Path with Art’s student performance showcase and interviewed the program director, Jennifer Lobsenz. Peggy writes about how Path with Art uses art as an incredible tool to stabilize people’s lives in the recovery process. [More]
Firesteel manager Denise Miller is moving on from her role with the program, but she’s not done advocating! In this farewell post, she shares why all of us must speak up now on the issues that matter to us. [More]
A new website, WeCount, uses technology and the internet to address people’s needs. Firesteel volunteer Peggy Liao, a social design graduate, interviewed WeCount’s co-founder Graham Pruss and shares how WeCount followed human-centered design guidelines and took the right approach to a social problem. [More]
Happy Election Day! If you haven’t yet voted, please find a ballot drop box near you and take care of that. Then read about a celebration of civic participation we were honored to co-present. “Create Change: Youth & Family Homelessness and the Arts” brought our community together to use creativity to address our housing and homelessness crisis. The daylong event was moving and fun and beautiful, and we’re excited to share a Storify recap created by our friend Shan Yonamine at Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness. [More]
Over three decades, Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell documented the life of Erin Blackwell. She’d left home at the age of 13 and started living on the streets of downtown Seattle. A photo exhibit and two films featuring her story can help us understand the many issues surrounding homelessness — including the reality that it’s hard to navigate life without stable housing, a caring family, or strong social support. Firesteel volunteer Peggy Liao reflects on the “Streetwise Revisited” project, and invites you to join “Create Change,” an interactive day of art, inspiration and civic engagement this Saturday. [More]