"Solomon's Porch represents an interdenominational effort dedicated to sharing the all encompassing love and power of Jesus Christ with a generation of youth who have lost hope and purpose."
September 11, 2013
As many of you know, Solomon's Porch merged with Hospitality Ministries in June of this year. Executive Director of Solomon's Porch, Steven Knemeyer said in his June resignation letter, "It has become clear that God is leading me away from Solomon's Porch. We will continue in faith as we are stepping out, trusting the Lord...while we end this chapter to begin another." Desiree had already resigned from official duties at Solomon's Porch in November last year to spend time raising their new son at home. Steven and Desiree are being obedient to God's calling even though it was difficult to see them go.
Hospitality Ministries operates four residential facilities, Hospitality House Men's Shelter, Haven of Hope Women's and Children's Shelter, Hospitality Heights Family Shelter, and now Solomon's Porch Youth Outreach Drop-In Center and Teen Shelter. Each program provides Christ Centered, service-rich, nurturing environment where residents can feel connected and cared for as they work through a variety of personal issues and barriers. Shelter, food, case management, life skills classes, mental health, and drug & alcohol counseling along with an array of other services are the framework within which residents work with staff to develop a care plan to stabilize and regain a sense of self-control, and secure safe and stable housing, often achieved by family reunification, if safe and appropriate.
The teen shelter is, at long last, going through the final phases of licensing and we hope to be open and serving before Winter sets in. We are seeking individuals, service clubs, churches, local businesses and grants to help fund the costs involved in operating both the Drop-In Center, and volunteers and Staff in operating the Overnight Shelter with two onsite workers seven nights a week. As one of the only Youth Drop-In Centers, and Teen Shelters between Seattle and Spokane, the need is indeed great.
Please be praying for this ministry as we continue to listen for God's leading. It is only through faithful obedience to Him that lives will be touched in His name. The cost to run both of these essential programs at Solomon's Porch will be over $800 per day, seven days a week. Your help in reaching and serving the hundreds of at-risk and homeless youth is desperately needed. If you'd like to be involved, please contact us for more specific information. We will be announcing several exciting opportunities soon, so be looking and listening...
James Zumini, Executive Director
April 24th, 2013
The application is in and we have working with DSHS on getting licensed. We are only a few weeks away from opening the shelter to youth. We are doing interviews for the overnight staff and will have two weeks of training the new staff before we can shelter youth. Please continue to help us Reach Teens By Meeting Needs.
March 15th, 2013
We receieved our occupancy permit from the city. HALLELUJAH! We're almost done with the DSHS licensing application. Lots of red tape, but we're almost there. We are now looking for the overnight staff for operating the shelter. If you are interested click here Employment Opportunities.
January 3rd, 2013
HURRAY! We had our final inspection and we have a few corrections to make but then we can have occupancy of the shelter. YAY!!!! We are now working on the application to the state for licensure. we are planning an open house for anyone who wants to see the remodel before we start housing youth. It will be on Saturday, January 26th from 10am to 2pm.
December 21st, 2012
Tonight is the Christmas Party for the youth we get to work with. THANK YOU to everyone who donated to give all of these youth gifts (for some this will be thier only gift this season...)
We also want to INVITE YOU to join us on December 31st from 3-7pm for the first public tours of the teen shelter here at 17 S. Mission, between the theaters!
December 14, 2012
The FIRST Teen Shelter Tours & Open House will be held December 31st from 3pm-7pm at 17 S. Mission.
Nov 28th, 2012
The Shelter is almost done!!! Flooring is in, the doors are up, the electrical is finished. All that's left is cabinets, door knobs, and sinks. Then we can get our final inspection, start putting the beds in, and get our license.
______________________________Oct. 29th, 2012
We almost can't belive all that is happening down here!
1. Sheetrock and basic painting is done. Muralists have even begun work in thier adoptive rooms!
2. We should have the flooring in and be finishing the physical changes to the building for the shelter addition within the next two weeks!
3. We will be launching this years "Christmas Tags for Teens" on November 6th! (call the office for more details @ 662-1712)
4. We are almost to our financial goal for opening the shelter. We are waiting for more community financial support to be able to open the doors by Christmas. PLEASE pass the word on!
5. A bunch of groups have adopted a monthly dinner to cook for the youth! Wanna join? Get a group of 2-6 people and check out the "Dinner's Served" section of the "Volunteer" page to learn more about adopting a dinner once a month!
October 4th, 2012
SHEETROCK IS UP!!!!
Next week is Taping and Texturing. Hopefully not too long after that is painting, trimming out electrical, flooring, plumbing fixtures, and doors. Then, as long as we pass our inspections, we can start moving things in.
September 27th, 2012
SHEETROCK'S GOING UP!
We're looking for a bunch of skilled volunteers this weekend to get the sheetrock up! If you want to help, please call Steve at 509-293-1386 or email email@example.com
Another great way to help is to get a group together to complete a bedroom or common area such as the kitchenette or living room! Email Desiree@acts512.org for more information on what rooms are still availible! (costs range from $650-$2500)
September 14th, 2012
We will be open extended hours tonight (opening at 3pm) for youth who need a safe place to get out of the smoke! See you guys there!
July 18th, 2012
Welcome to Kyla Galloway, the new Solomon's Porch Office Administrator! She will be in the office Tuesday through Friday 10am-3pm!
We are still looking ahead to hiring more positions this autumn. Those position details can be found by clicking on the lower left hard "Employment Opportunities" link
Adopt-A-Room: We still have a number of rooms to be adopted in the teen shelter to provide new furnature and decor! If you're interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to discuss the options. Costs vary from $630-$5000.
May 16th, 2012
The Bedrooms and Bathrooms have been framed in. The Fire sprinklers are roughed in, and the electrical panel is in. It wont be long before the electrical and plumbing will be done. Once that is inspected then we can put up sheetrock! YAY!!!!!
March 29th, 2012
We have WINDOWS! The new block windows have been installed for the shelter area and flood the area with natural, beautiful, fresh light! We also have the new ductwork installed and the floor plumbing is in and recovered. Next we're getting the framing done. It's so humbling to see it all really happening...wow.
March 6, 2012
We've cut the concrete in the basement for the floor drains and sump pumps. Plumb Perfect has started working on the plumbing too.
February 2, 2012
We've started working on the basement and we hope to finish by June so we can open Aslan's Refuge in September. We need to raise about $160,000 by July for operating costs. So far we've raised about $44,000. That leaves $116,000 to go! Yay.
January 10th, 2012
We finished the kitchen last March and have been providing dinner for our teens on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays (we're adding Wednesday in March). We'd LOVE to have more groups doing dinner (See "Dinner's Served" on the "Volunteer" Page)
Solomon's Porch is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to assisting high-risk and homeless teens. To learn more, explore our website, or view our brochure here
To learn more about the Aslan's Refuge Teen Crisis Shelter Project click here.
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