CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill Resident Finds Her Calling through Volunteerism

Lindsay-PhotoCapitol Hill resident Lindsay Hinshaw has been volunteering on the 24-Hour Crisis Line once a week since late last year. In that time, she’s helped people experiencing all kinds of emotional distress: depression, anxiety, grief, shame, loneliness, and sometimes thoughts of suicide.

Hinshaw began volunteering at Crisis Clinic after talking to friends who volunteered for the organization and she thought she might be a good fit. “I’ve always been an empathetic, highly sensitive person and realized this would help me connect easily with people who call in,” she explains.

Crisis Clinic’s 24-Hour Crisis Line is largely staffed by volunteers who have been professionally trained to take calls from people in crisis. They are supervised by mental health professionals, but do not provide counseling or advice. Instead, they listen to callers’ concerns, ask questions, and suggest referrals where people can get further assistance when necessary.

“There’s a person behind each call, with their own stories and problems that we can only begin to understand,” she says. “Taking a moment to breathe and speak with someone can help make their day a little easier.”

For Hinshaw, volunteering on the Crisis Line has prompted her to start thinking about her future career plans. “I’d like to work as a counselor or therapist one day, and this has been a good stepping stone in realizing this,” she says.

Last year, 250 volunteers answered over 117,000 calls on the Crisis Line – but it isn’t enough. “The demand for our services continues to increase,” says Executive Director Kathleen Southwick, “and we’re not able to keep up with the demand.” The agency needs to recruit approximately 150 new volunteers every year just to maintain services. Last year, the Seattle-based nonprofit only filled 100 of these volunteer positions.

“Many people choose short-term or one-time volunteer opportunities like sorting food at a food bank or planting trees, but volunteering for Crisis Clinic is a much bigger commitment,” explains Southwick.

Each of the Crisis Line volunteers goes through a six-week training program and pledges to work a four-hour shift every week for a year. Still, Peterson hopes this won’t stop people from volunteering for the organization: “Crisis Clinic is a really important, fascinating cause that deserves attention,” she says. “Absolutely all of us are one tiny step away from any kind of life crisis. No one is invincible to it, and every individual is worthy of being heard.”

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18th. If you’re interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Crisis Clinic, please visit their website at: http://www.crisisclinic.org.

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 26,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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Squire Park Community Council Meeting this Saturday, 10:00 AM

Our Future in Greenways, Eco Districts, Upzones, Design Reviews, Parks, Major Institution Master Plans, What does it all Mean?
Our Future in Greenways, Eco Districts, Upzones, Design Reviews, Parks, Major Institution Master Plans, What does it all Mean?
Attend the Squire Park Community Council Meeting this Saturday morning 10:00 AM to noon at Centerstone, 722 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 Connect with your neighbors.
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On the List | Capitol Hill Art Walk, coffee block party, ByDesign film fest, Ghost Gallery birthday

TNT-@-SCAA-Event-Block-Party-e1426267676262It’s a weekend of art and coffee around Capitol Hill as the monthly art walk returns and thousands of caffeine peddlers descent on Seattle for a massive coffee convention.

(Image: King County)

(Image: King County)

As usual, you’ll find a full roster for Thursday’s April edition of the Capitol Hill Art Walk at capitolhillartwalk.com. Make time to include these two stops in your itinerary:

Capitol Hill Art Invasion
A cabal of over 30 artists take over Capitol Hill house for a one night art show.
On the corner of 12th and E. John Street, a classic house awaits demolition to make way for the construction of yet another high density apartment building. During the past decade, the house provided local artists, theater professionals and other small businesses with affordable studio and office space.

After Seattle
The reason why I call this exhibit After Seattle is that there is a point when a sharp increase in our city’s buildings, human activity, and economic volume will change it into something we could never foresee.

Due Process
CHS told you here about the project to give maligned Pike/Pine gentrifiers, bros, and Woo! girls their Due Process through art.

Thursday night also brings the Specialty Coffee Association of America Block Party to Capitol Hill:

Join a couple thousand of your fellow attendees for great socializing, music, a beer garden and the Thursday Night Latte Art Throwdown at Victrola Coffee Roasters! Area restaurants and food vendors will be selling adult beverages (to guests 21+), sample food and small bites.

Happy birthday, Ghost Gallery

Happy birthday, Ghost Gallery

Also this weekend, Northwest Film Forum hosts the annual ByDesign architecture and design film festival, the Moisture Festival brings IMPulse Circus Collective to the Broadway Performance Hall and the lovely little Ghost Gallery celebrates five years at E Denny Way and Summit.

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CHS Community Post | Is The Joule the least secure building in Capitol Hill?

Joule-Door-LocksI live at The Joule – the apartment complex at 523 Broadway East, between Republican & Roy Streets.

However, my fellow tenants and I (many of whom pay nearly $3k per month) are not the only residents of our building.

The Joule is obviously well-known among Seattle’s (and Capitol Hill’s) increasingly menacing junkie community as a kind of heroin addict’s hostel — where they roam the halls, ride the elevators, sleep in the garage, and relieve themselves in the stairwells.

I do not make these statements lightly.

In fact, just last night, after escaping an assault by three junkies whom I asked to leave the building (I did call the police and a report with case number has been filed) I decided it might be best to present some plain-as-day, totally objective evidence.

Accompanying this article are photos I’ve taken on The Joule property – in just the past week alone.

I write this piece and post these pictures for three reasons:

• To alert my fellow residents – and to let those who have expressed similar concerns know they are not alone

• To ensure the city and the police know what’s going on at at this property

* To wake up the landlord (Essex Properties) and let them know that their lack of concern for their tenants is not acceptable. I don’t want to walk into the office again and be told that, in the lease terms, it states that the building is not obligated to provide security

Speaking of which…

After I called the police last night, I did call a new security line provided to tenants by the building. A while later two men arrived. I had to meet them in the garage as they had no keys nor access to the building. They said they had no parking access either so, upon departing, they were forced to ask a local merchant to validate their parking ticket.

Their parting word to me?

“By the way, if something like this happens again, don’t call us, just call 911.”

Yeah, thanks.Joule-StairwellJoule-Needle

On the List | International Pillow Fight Day comes to Cal Anderson, egg hunts, ‘Visions for 23rd and Union’

(Image: International Pillow Fight day in Seattle)

(Image: International Pillow Fight Day in Seattle)

This weekend has fun and games for kids little… and kids big.

Saturday will bring a little of both to Cal Anderson. In a surprise move, the 2015 edition of International Pillow Fight Day in Seattle will land on Capitol Hill after events downtown in recent years:

Pillows fly and teddies soar as you converge for a giant urban pillow fight! Swing and whack as you evade pillow-wielding assailants. Bring a soft pillow and wait for the signal. Pillow fight!

Starts at 2:10 PM sharp. Be gentle!

Meanwhile, there are also egg hunts across the area — most on Saturday: Central Seattle egg hunts include 3rd annual Spring Bunny visit to Cal Anderson

11081414_876083459116232_2945926717805852179_nFor a more serious turn, you can talk about the future of the heart of the Central District at Black Wall Street Seattle: Visions for 23rd & Union:

Union Street Business Association & Africatown Seattle invites you to A Conversation about Culture, Community and the Future of Seattle’s 23rd and Union. This is a follow up meeting to the Feb. 14th meeting and will feature presentation of drawings and models completed by UW architecture students led by Dr. Sharon Sutton.

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Community Post | Seattle’s First EMF-Reduced Homes Debut in the Central District

3SEATTLE- Isola Home’s “Vida” project is Seattle’s first “EMF Reduced” community featuring 15 row homes located in the Central District, at 120 20th Avenue.

In addition to sustainability features, the Vida project addresses the growing public concern about the health effects of an increasingly wired world. EMF’s (electromagnetic field) come from electricity and include power lines, wiring, and hand-held devices, wireless technologies such as cell phones and towers, WI-FI, wireless routers, baby monitors, and appliances.

Because of the ubiquitous nature of electricity powered technology, the EMF subject is of public concern. The health effects often cited in the research include damage to DNA and genes, memory loss, learning, behavior, attention disorders, sleep disruption, cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. While there is “little conclusive evidence,” numerous studies, past and present, examine the health risks of direct and indirect exposure to EMF’s.

With Vida, Seattle-based, home builder Isola Homes, partnered with Dana Stream, CEO of Lifestream Solutions to look at ‘EMF ‘at various levels of the project’s development. “For decades, the tobacco industry didn’t find any ‘conclusive evidence’ about the health risks of smoking. Isola prefers to put health and wellness first,” said Stream. More Millennials and Boomers are choosing to power down and reduce their exposure to electricity.

Vida took a similar approach starting with the foundation by shielding the wiring, and designing an EMF ‘Quiet Zone’ in the sleeping area. Isola will present the “EMF Reduced” approach at on site, behind-the-walls preview on April 25th and 26th.

by Eva Otto
eva@infinitired.com

About Isola
Isola Homes is a Seattle-based home builder specializing in Built Green modern homes. By continually implementing innovative sustainable design and environmental stewardship in their construction techniques, Isola Homes stand for livability, quality construction and energy efficiency. http://www.isolahomes.com
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Capitol Pill | Cherry Blossoms

We’ve asked Karyn Schwartz, owner of the Sugarpill apothecary on E Pine, to contribute to CHS about health and Hill living on a semi-regular basis. If you’re an expert and want to share with the community in a recurring CHS column, we’d like to hear from you.

(Image: Karyn Schwartz)

(Image: Karyn Schwartz)

I am being tormented by a tree. It’s not every day that I feel such an intense connection to a plant, so when it does happen, I pay attention. This tree is one of a row of huge ornamental cherries outside my window, and they are like the elders of the neighborhood, waiting until all the youngsters have already bloomed and lost their pretty flowers before showing them how its really done.

Everyone who lives on my street knows what’s coming – it’s been the subject of conversation for weeks – the explosion of gigantic flowers that’s on the verge of occurring, and the magical pink light that will fill all of our apartments for just a few days before the petals are blown away. I have been waiting, breathlessly, through their seemingly endless transformation from winter-bare branches to tiny buds and the most recent appearance of early leaves and a million tightly closed blossoms, rushing to my window every morning like a kid wondering if Santa actually showed up – and I cannot bear it any more. Continue reading

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The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 25,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.
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