A Capitol Hill nonprofit that has served the community for nearly twenty years is in the midst of an “emergency financial crisis,” organizers say. Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets board will meet Thursday to discuss the situation — a fundraiser is already planned for Friday:
Please help us continue to provide services at Peace for the Streets by Kids on the Streets by attending a fundraising art show this Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. PSKS is in an emergency financial crisis and needs your help! Every dollar you donate will be applied to current debt. We are meeting as a Board of Directors on Thursday- October 11th, 2012 to discuss the future of PSKS.
There will be free music, food, live poetry reading, baked goods and an art auction! PSKS has been providing valuable services to the Capitol Hill community since 1995. They provide a day drop in center(child and dog friendly) which has free hot meals, social services, and school aid. We are the last homeless service center on Capitol Hill, and have a continuum of care model we follow from homelessness to life off the streets.
We are asking for a $5 suggested donation at the door. Hope to see you all there, 1814 Summit Avenue (Denny/ Summit), Seattle, WA, 98122, (206) 726-8500. Photos proceeds from the silent auctions of Daniel Glyn and Alex Garland will be donated to PSKS as well!
If anyone has art work they want to donate for the silent auction please drop them off at PSKS between now and Friday noon-4 PM.
The organization lead by executive director Elaine Simons serves homeless and previously homeless youth and has been funded over the years by donations and grants — including this example from 2010.
“If we have an angel out there… we need an angel,” Simons told CHS this morning. The board’s response to the financial shortfall is still being worked out so specific dollar amounts aren’t being talked about yet but PSKS isn’t waiting around.
“We need to pay this month’s rent,” Simons said.
The group’s Summit Ave lease runs through October of next year. It’s a $63,000 outlay that finding a better, cheaper, more free-er solution for could help unburden the group.
PSKS celebrated its 18th anniversary last month:
Happy 18th Anniversary PSKS- Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets! Thanks for so many years of happiness, joy, hurdles overcome, laws changed, young people transitioning off the streets, lives change, lives to be changed, births, weddings, felonies being cleared, votes being reinstated, graduations from highschool, GED and even college, families being re-united, and yes also for saddness as well; resulting in the deaths of so many of our street brothers and sisters. It has and will continue to be a honor to work for and with this non profit.
In solidarity and Peace ♥
Sept. 9th, 1995-Sept. 9th, 2012
Simons said the shortfall is the result of ongoing economic belt-tightening and the ongoing challenge of securing grants to bolster this type of nonprofit effort. “We’re still seeing the same and more of our population,” she said. “The other side (of the equation) isn’t keeping up.”
As the outlook for the next year of PSKS becomes darker, Simons said the group also finds itself in a kind of grant limbo that could accelerate the problem. For now, Simons is worried about Friday first. “We’d like to raise
$300 $4300 to pay the rent,” she said.
The PSKS Fundraiser Art Show runs 5-9p at the 1814 Summit Ave headquarters. You can also give online via the Seattle Foundation but, given the near-term needs of the situation, you might want to drop PSKS a line if you can help.