November 22, 2016
Phil Kitchel called the meeting to order at 7:30am and led the flag salute.
Paul, Rich, Josh, Steve, Doc, Greg, Kristen, David, Emily and Nancy.
Jack Glaubert moved and Sam Phillips seconded approval of Board Minutes to reflect change of name in Board Audit Committee from Kai to Jon Fager, and approval of Board minutes for November 15th. Motion carried.
(Jack mentioned Ron Allen’s presentation at the Board meeting and suggested Mr. Allen be invited to present a program.)
Phil reminded people of the trip to the Elwha on December 5th and said to be sure to call John Brewer if they want to attend.
Cherie Kidd mentioned the Soroptimist Coupon Book.
Young Johnson brought the group up to date on removal of trees downtown, uplifting concrete was causing sidewalks to be unsafe,and when new ones would be planted and lit.
Matthew Rainwater explained the “Pennies for Quarters” plan for tiny houses for Veterans who do not want to be homeless. He said there are over 55,000 homeless vets in the country and 22 suicides a day. Homes, would be 200 square ft., sleep four, have a stove or hot plate, and would come furnished with bedding, food and toilet articles. The temporary housing would provide shelter for one year, and then on a case by case basis, could be extended.
“Voices for Vets”, a local group that helps vets, said that 200 known vets were living in Clallam and Jefferson County, but the number could be twice that. The homes would provide shelter for those suffering from PTSD who do not do well in group settings. Many vets are not homeless by choice but are disfunctional.
The tiny homes would be built around a Central facility that would offer space for laundry, AA meetings, group therapy and computers for job training. Future plans include dinning facilities, service dog training and gardens.
Pennies for Quarters is a registered trademark.
Q & A
PFQ not tied in with the VA since they do not have an office in the area.
PFQ looking at a few areas now but such things as price, codes, utilities and septic systems all must be addressed. (NTI has offered to help with water and septic system).
PFQ plans a fiscal partnership with G.A.B.E. until they can get 501(c)3 status.
Will need 6 acres in the city or 9-10 acres if outside.
Need a grant writer.
Vets must be have an honorary discharge, be drug free and be willing to undergo a drug test once a month. “Three strikes and you are out”. They must be alcohol free and undergo criminal background checks.
Sarge’s Place in Forks provides housing. It is funded by St. Anne’s Church.
How keep PFQ going?
Fund raising, sell homemade goods and hope for sponsors.
Central facility first and then plan on 10 homes by the end of 2017. ADA standards will be met where necessary. Costs will run about $104.00 per square foot for $10,000 each. Plan is for 40 homes.
Are there any places like PFQ in County?
Similar facilities in Kansa City, Kansas, San Diego and Olympia.
Other questions and comments:
Trailers? Joined units? Common walls? Shipping containers? Tie in with Peninsula College’s green building program? Solar?
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35am.