Archive for March, 2011

21
Mar
11

Please Help Us Help Them!

WE NEED HELP!

One of our friends, Kim Ahern, called the City of Seattle to deal with the constant bedbug problem plaguing her and her family (Jack, age 9 & Tom, age 19) after her landlord continually refused to address the issue.  The City came out and instead of dealing with the bed bugs, the City declared her residence an illegal unit since the landlord had no permission for the residence to be a multifamily home. Kim and her two children were homeless once again.

Since then, Kim has been living with her two sons in a flop-house motel and working odd jobs to scrape by.  Now, Kim wants to return back to California (where her family is) so she can have help with childcare and pursue full-time employment, and stable housing and education for her son Jack.  She has the money for the moving truck and money for rent, but needs money for gas and $599 for the deposit on an apartment.

Can you help us raise money for deposit, gas, and food?

Let me say this…We first met Kim and Jack at Nickelsville and they are awesome! Kim’s a good mom and Jack is a bundle of joy who brings a smile to everyone who interacts with him.

Here is Kim’s story in video and print as profiled by the Seattle Times.

At this link, you will find more of her story and their life in photo as depicted by the Times.

Please help us help them!  We’re already struggling financially this year and simply can’t afford to help them out, but maybe YOU can!

Donate at www.joinone4one.org or send us a check and designate Kim in the memo to:

One4One
14800 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

02
Mar
11

just another night

for those that don’t know…One4One goes out to downtown a few nights a week from 9pm til 3am.  i was writing this email to a team member to give them an update on last night so they’d be updated the next time we went out.  i thought you, the reader, might fit it interesting as well.

last night was awesome.  the first person we met under I5 went around with us person by person and introduced us to everyone.  there was lots of sitting and talking and hugs and handshakes.  one guy who seemed to be relatively new to sleeping outside and had what seemed to be mild retardation kept asking if we were angels and couldn’t believe that we were there sitting and talking to him and would bring all the stuff we brought.  he said he was praying for socks, food, and a bible.  his eyes watered as he asked if we would sign the presentation page of his bible.  i am still chewing as to why, but it is highly important to our friends outside, whether they be from Nickelsville or the streets, that we sing our names in their bible and the date.  maybe it’s handwritten proof that there’s people out there who see them as people and care about them.


scott (the first person we met friday night) was really really excited that we would stop back by again.  even though we assured him we would, it made his day.  he had told mike (the guy that was gone when we were there before) all about us and Mike was psyched to meet us and surprised that what Scott said was true…that we “really would sit down with us and talk with us like people”.

it was a good night…we laughed, we cried; but most importantly we saw people as people…as equals. and in that moment we loved them as best as we could.