Compass Housing Alliance came together with our partners Hopelink and Ronald United Methodist Church, community leaders and members to celebrate the February 17th grand opening of Ronald Commons in Shoreline.
Residents, including veterans, families with pets, and persons with disabilities, are now settling in to the 60 units of permanent and supportive affordable housing. Hopelink’s onsite Integrated Service Center is set to serve residents and the surrounding community with a grocery store style food bank, financial education, family services and more.
Together with our partners, we are working to meet the needs these families and community members have today as well as supporting their future growth and success.
Compass was honored to have our Veterans and Cascade Women’s Program residents share their stories and creativity at the Seattle Symphony’s Charles Ives performances. We send special thanks to the Symphony’s CEO Simon Woods for his visionary leadership in connecting the arts and social services in such a meaningful way.
As part of their Simple Gifts Initiative, the Symphony invited clients from Compass Housing Alliance and three other area organizations to listen to Charles Ives’ New England Holidays and create art in response to the music. The art was layered with portraits of the participants in a video to accompany the Symphony’s February 2nd and 4th performances of the Ives work.
When meeting Chuck, one finds a person with a calm and friendly demeanor, soft-spoken and measured in his words. What one doesn’t see are the invisible scars, left over from his time in the Army during the first Gulf War.
A formerly homeless veteran, Chuck and his wife, Michelle, live in an apartment at Compass on Dexter. His rent is subsidized by his VASH voucher, a federal program that provides housing assistance for military veterans.