Holy Wisdom community members are committed to serving their brothers and sisters locally
and around the world.
Here are some of our ministries:
HOLY WISDOM cooks and serves dinner on the first Monday of every month at The Community
Kitchen in Olympia. We prepare a home cooked meal from scratch, serving meatloaf from locally
raised beef and organic vegetables from local organic farms and HW Community Members' home
gardens. We also decorate the tables with fresh cut flowers.
PRAYER SHAWL AND QUILT MINISTRY
When someone is suffering due to illness, loss, or other struggles, a prayer shawl or
quilt is a tangible way of letting that person know they are being held in prayer. Holy
Wisdom Community Members provide prayer shawls and quilts to those in need.
Those making prayer shawls pray for the one who will receive the shawl with every
stitch and the shawl is blessed by the community before it is given. Prayer quilts are
made with long threads tied to the fabric. Members of our community bless these
quilt by tying knots in the threads, each knot, a promise of prayer for the recipient
who is in need of support.
If you'd like to create a prayer shawl for others, you are invited to join the
prayer shawl ministry. Contact Diane F. with any questions.
FOOT CARE MINISTRY IN OLYMPIA AND LOS ANGELES
Holy Wisdom community members provide foot care to homeless men and women at Drexel
House and the Interfaith Warming Center in Olympia.
Our Washington Clippers, as they are affectionately known, also travel each year to Los Angeles
to offer foot care to homeless people on Skid Row as well as train the Catholic Workers there to
do foot care. The Holy Wisdom community offers support to our foot care ministers with dona-
tions of money and supplies.
SOCK COLLECTIONS FOR DREXEL HOUSE
At each mass, Holy Wisdom collects white men's socks, size large and extra-large and women's
socks of all kinds to distribute to the homeless folks we serve. There is always a great need for
UPDATES FOLLOWING HOUSELESS BILL OF RIGHTS CONVENTION (June 2017)Hello Just Housing friends and family! It's been an exciting week for us with lots and lots of updates! So here we go....Houseless Bill of RightsOver the 3 days of our Houseless Bill of Rights convention we focused on gathering feedback and ideas from the community regarding the possibility of an Olympia Houseless Bill of Rights. These are the questions we focused on:- What should an Olympia Houseless Bill of Rights include? - What should we take from Houseless Bills of Rights passed in other cities in states? How should ours be different?- How should we implement a Houseless Bill of Rights in our community? (i.e state level, city level, or some other way?)After 3 days of conversations, questions, and collecting ideas we have decided on a way forward. Right now, a couple of our unsheltered neighbors are working to update our draft of a bill of rights with the latest conversations and ideas. Once the draft is updated we will be sharing it with community, as well as our plans for beginning to implement it in our community. So be looking out for that update!What else came out of the event?Community conversations and networking far and wide! We had the opportunity to talk to people from other states and communities who are dealing with similar challenges in their community. Our most exciting connection was one made with a group from Puyallup that is currently working with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty to challenge their own city's Survival Ban ordinances. We will be connecting with them to see how we can collaborate and combine resources/knowledge/Talking with the governor! On Friday night, a group of our organizers had the chance to talk with our very own Governor Inslee. After engaging in some minor direct action at the capitol our unsheltered neighbors got 7 minutes to share their stories and their challenges with the Governor. Check it out here!https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ffkshoultz%2Fvideos%2F10158753975010052%2F&show_text=0&width=225Engaging more of the street communityMany of our unsheltered neighbors who haven't had the chance to become more involved in Just Housing were able to become incredibly engaged over the past few days. We had about 10 folks, all unsheltered, who stayed the entire 72 hours- helping gather feedback from the community, keeping the event site organized, doing ongoing street outreach, and running the sleeping site camp at United Churches. This was an event where our unsheltered neighbors were able to take the lead and run the show. That alone, made this event a huge turning point and achievement in our movement's history!Change of focusWe spent a lot of time talking about where we should go from here. The outcome was the decision to focus our energy and resources on street/camp outreach and organizing, bringing more of our unsheltered neighbors into the movement. We need our sheltered and housed neighbors' help to do this! This is how you can help.We are looking for people who are willing to:Use their cars to help people move from encampments when evictedUse their cars/funds to help with trash pickup and dump runsHelp with camp clean-ups when requested by camp residentsHelp make compostable toiletsPlease email back if you can help with any of these things!We are also looking for donations of:Tentssleeping bagstarpsropeflashlightslanternsbatteriespropane bottles/small propane stoveszip-ties blanketspillowspotspans first aid kitstools (hatchets, rakes, shears, shovels)heavy duty trash bagsrubber glovesneedle-proof glovescanned food/soupsbottled waterlarge water jugsbug sprayhot food Donations can be dropped off at Drexel House (604 Devoe Street SE). Just let them know that your donations are for Just Housing.As always, thank you for your support , your work, and your love for others. The only way we can move forward is together.Love and solidarity,Tye