A reader just sent in this note:
Have you noticed the couple with the two year old son panhandling in front of QFC and Bartells on 45th Street? I was really disturbed to run in to them while walking down the street at about 2PM this afternoon. What I’m wondering is what kind of help is available for people like these, through social service agencies, Family Works, even local churches? Is there a way readers of your blog can suggest things to do? I was in a hurry or I might have at least bought them some groceries, but this can’t be a sustainable situation especially with such a young child. Can we as a community do something to help?
Comments and suggestions welcome...
UPDATE: A comment from a FamilyWorks staffer.
Hi - I work at FamilyWorks and we would be happy to help this family. We run the food bank and family reource center. We are in the same building as Solid Ground, which may be able to help with housing. We are located on the first floor of 1501 N 45th Street on the corner of 45th & Woodlawn. Our general hours are M-Th 9:30-5pm , Fri 9:30-3pm. Please send the family our way and we would be happy to help them.
If you want more information on FamilyWorks you can visit our website at www.familyworksseattle.org or find us on Facebook (FamilyWorks Food Bank and Resource Center) and Twitter (FamilyWorks).
So now you know...