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A2 * WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2~ 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Council will vote on dollars to feed hungry, shelter homeless By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Many human services agencies are in line to receive the same amount of city grant dollars next year as the organizations received in 2009. The city is set to distribute $218,000 in grant money to 35 organizations to programs to feed the hungry, aid sexual assault vic- tims and provide shelter, health care and legal assistance. At the Nov. 19 Council Services & Operations Committee meeting, members lauded the organizations for the work done with city dollars. The committee then sent the grant recommendations to the full coun- cil for a Dec. 7 vote. Friends of Youth, a nonprofit organization that works to pro- vide housing, counseling and medical needs, stands to be the largest recipient of city grant dol- lars next year: Officials recom- mended $22,300 for the organi- zation, the same amount the ~roup received in 2009, but 2,230 less than leaders request- ed for 2010. The nonprofit Eastside Domestic Violence Program is in line to receive the second-largest grant: $17,270. The program helps domestic violence victims separate safely from their abusers. Most of the other grants recom- mended are less than $10,000. Officials recommended that Eastside Baby Corner, a center for items donated by other service agencies, receive $11,090 -- $1,510 less than the organization requested, but $590 more than the organization received for 2009. The city Human Services Commission recommended the grant amounts to the City Council. The council then passed along the recommendations to the Services & Operations Committee for addi- tional review. All told, the commission received 36 grant applications for $249,418. From the total, 34 of the applicants were programs funded by the city in 2009, and two were new. Most applicants came from established programs with a significant presence in Issaquah. Despite the tough economy, com- missioners received fewer applica- tions than last year, when the city received 44 grant applications for $359,490. Reapplying applicants use a short form to request grant money; new applicants are required to complete a longer form in order to be eligible for city dollars. Issaquah was the only Eastside city accepting applications from human services agencies for 2010. Other cities operate under a two- year budget cycle. The recommendations from the Human Services Commission also include: $8,000 for AtWork! -- an organization that helps disabled people learn skills and find jobs, $8,000 for YWCA of Seattle, King & Snohomish County to provide transitional housing; and $6,500 for Compassion House, a nonprofit organization that provides hous- ing to families in distress. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Life is beautiful without diamonds an even more beautiful with them. ,~ More now then ever, we wish you and those you love .,y a Christmas that sparkles with magic and beauty/ .~ W NAULT Town& Country Square #~ =~~= ~ 1175NWGilmanBIvd. s , ? Suite B-4, Issaquah (425) 391-9270 C p " H hip" gfa "1" " d om asslon ousee in ml 1s in nee &oundbreaking for duplex set for Dec. 9 Compassion House and the Master Builders Care Foundation will break ground on a transition- al housing complex Dec. 9. The duplex will be built on vacant land at 260 S.E. Andrews St. next to another Compassion House transitional housing unit. Foundation leaders will break ground on the latest HomeAid project 10 a.m. Dec. 9. HomeAid creates partnerships to construct or renovate facilities to provide housing and assis- tance for the temporarily home- less. In Issaquah, the partnership includes the homebuilding indus- try, HomeAid builder captain John Day Homes and nonprofit Compassion House. In addition to providing transi- tional housing, Compassion House volunteers offer life coach- ing and other services to help for- mer transitional housing resi- dents sustain themselves. Volunteers help former homeless people with finances, transporta- tion and other social services. John Day Homes, of North Bend, will lead construction. When the Compassion House duplex is completed next year, the facility will provide transi- tional housing and support for two families. John Day is the 2009 president of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the largest homebuilding association in the country. Day volunteered the services of his company to facili- tate construction. "I'm so proud of the home- building industry and members of the Master Builders Association," Care Foundation President Tracy Cromwell said in a news release. The foundation is the philan- thropic arm of the Master Builders Association. "Despite current uncertain eco- nomic times, John Day and our members will step up with in- kind donations to complete this duplex," Cromwell said. "I feel this project is special, because John Day is one of the founders of Master Builders Care Foundation and its HomeAid program." Compassion House President Tom Bilbro noted how the part- nership between the nonprofit and the Master Builders Association had proved success- ful in the past. "We worked with the master builders to remodel the Monti House a few years ago," Bilbro said. "When this duplex is com- plete we'll be able to house more homeless. We're seeing an increasing need, and we're fortu- nate to have the support of John Day Homes, Master Builders Association, a variety of cash donors and the city of Issaquah." Compassion House operates an efficiency apartment and the Monti House. The historic Monti House -- built in ~[900 -- was moved to its Southeast Andrews Street lot in December 2004. The building had fallen into disrepair and city officials considered raz- ing the structure. But Compassion House instead paid to have the house moved and renovated. Compassion House founder, the Rev. Mark Miller, started the organization in 1998 after he saw local families struggling. 3 offers furl Donate to ra e before Dea 6 drawing By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter This is your last week to help the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843 raise $100,000 for Compassion House. And you could win a new car or $40,000 cash in the process. The fraternal organization is sponsoring a raffle for a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 limited- edition muscle car. The benefits from the raffle go to Compassion House to help its effort to build a duplex on a lot donated to it on Andrews Street in Issaquah. Mayor Ava Frisinger has accept- ed the invitation to draw the win- ning ticket at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in at about 4 p.m. Dec. 6. Representatives from the Elks Lodge and Compassion House will be at the drawing as well. After the Elks validates the winning ticket, the winner will be announced. The winner can choose either the car or $40,000 cash. Compassion House is a non- profit organization that offers temporary housing for families or individuals essentially down on their luck. "The typical resident stays for one to two years," said founder and board member Mark Miller. "So, we're more transitional hous- ing than low-income housing." Started in 1998 by Mountain Creek Christian Church, Compassion House split off into its own nonprofit a few years later. Through the help of the Master Builders of King and Snohomish counties, the Monti House, acquired from the city of Issaquah, was renovated and moved to its location on Southeast Andrew Street in 2007. Compassion House organizers have been developing plans to build a second facility, a duplex, on an adjacent lot. Miller said the Master Builders have stepped in again and offered to construct the new home. Compassion House's contribution would be just $100,000. To help reach that goal, Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Sunday School Education 9:45 AM lOIN US FOR ADVENT SEASON & CHRISTMAS DEC 6 BELLS OF THE SOUND CHRISTMAS CONCERT 4:00 PM DEC 24 CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP :arols & candlight 7:00 pro, 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm Everyone's Welcome! LIVING GOD'S LOVE 745 Front Street South, Issaquah 425-392-4169 www.oslcissaquah.org GETYOURllCKET To support the Compassion House building program you may make contributions on its Web site, www.compassion- house.org, or follow the links to purchase raffle tickets. The Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., is open weekdays from 10 a.m.- early afternoon; raffle tickets may be purchased there. Ticket sales will continue up to a half-hour before the drawing. Michael Steele, a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a just-retired pilot for Northwest Airlines, stepped in with an idea. "As an old-time car enthusiast, I'd heard of other organizations that raffled cars," he said. He pitched his idea to the board of directors to purchase a car for a raffle. "And they said, 'Sure, why not?'" Steele said. As a "car collector wannabe," Steele's research led him to the 2008 Dodge Challenger. Only 6,400 models of this limited edi- tion were produced. Steele's is No. 4243. "It's got a retro design for the new muscle car collector," he said. "It's a beautiful car." However, the economic down- turn has made fnndraising with the raffle slow and raffle managers said buying a ticket is now one of the best bets in the state. Steele has shuttled the car and display booth to city fairs, auto race tracks, regional fairs and auto rallies all summer, with continuing hope of a meaningful profit to complement the donations of others, especially the pledge of the local Master Builders Association, to get the duplex building under way. For the latest in developing stories, go to www.issaquahpress.com. :e Now featuring "RItJIJSENBORG BLUE" Noble Firs, an incredibly beautiful collection of the most silvery blue noble fir you've seen ! Premium Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, Douglas Fir, from table-top sizes to 14' Great Selection of living trees, ready for your landscape after the holidays. 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