Yelm Community Services recently received two grants that will provide a place for members of the homeless community to wash their clothes and get cleaned up. It will also allow an ADA-accessible ramp to the studio apartment at the south end, which will provide one additional unit which will be used as a transitional living apartment, for households who are exiting the shelter but not yet financially stable enough to live on their own.
The homeless shelter was originally a home that was donated to Yelm Community Services by the Yelm Telephone Company and moved to the agency’s site on Crystal Springs Road. It opened in August, 1994. It was rehabbed with funding from the State Housing Trust Fund and local Community Development Block Grant funding. The Thurston County Jail also lent support by having their work-release prisoners come out, who completed the demolition of the interior of the house prior to its move to Yelm Community Services.
“The $60,000 grant was provided to Yelm Community Services through the Thurston County Health Department. The funding for the project was awarded by the HOME Consortium from the Homeless Housing fund based on state law 2163. Local fees are collected on county recorded documents and targeted to reduce and ultimately end homelessness in our communities.
Cindy Marchand-Cecil, Executive Director of Yelm Community Services, worked with members of the Rotary Club of Yelm to receive a $10,000 grant through Rotary District 5020's partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Cindy Marchand-Cecil shared how great it is to have local community support for the emergency homeless shelter, which has provided emergency overnight stays for the Yelm community since it opened in August, 1994. Yelm Community Services is contributing an additional $20,000 to the project, and its expected completion date is August, 2013.
Helix Design Group is the architect for the project, while Mike’s Handy Man Service is the general contractor. “People can help to support the homeless shelter project by donating food, clothing, hygiene supplies, towels, washcloths, sheets, blankets, and clothing. All donations to the thrift shop help to support the costs of operating the homeless shelter,” advised Marchand-Cecil.