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PUYALLUP: Don’t dismiss homeless shelter idea

Letter by Melinda L. Block, Puyallup on Feb. 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm | 1 Comment »
February 7, 2011 10:20 am

Re: “Puyallup weighs homeless shelter” (TNT, 2-4).

I think that using the former North Puyallup Fire District 11 station as a shelter for the homeless in Puyallup is a very feasible plan.

If there is concern about who should run it may I suggest giving those who live there the tools to run it themselves. With assistance they would design a plan for cleaning, cooking, transporting children to school, watching each other’s children while some went to jobs and others looked for work.

The valley soil is perfect for growing food of their own and possibly selling at the Puyallup farmers market, thereby generating revenue for the shelter. I would be willing to bet that many of the local nurseries would be more than happy to donate startup supplies.

If this concept is too simple to understand and not complicated enough for a “team” of people to spend months having meetings on, then let me suggest a book called “Community: The structure of Belonging.” It outlines and guides one through a process just like this. It teaches us to focus on what people “can do” not what they “can’t do” and brings unity in the community.

I realize it is not as simple as I suggest and there are many logistics that need to be worked out, but let’s look at the possibility before we dismiss it. I think we will all be surprised at how much a community would help if invited and included in the process.

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