November 29, 2016
The meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Guest speaker Becca Korby led the flag salute.
Sara Abbott, Paul Martin, Rich Erickson and Maria Kreicher.
Jack Glaubert moved and Randy Johnson seconded acceptance of minutes for November 22nd. Motion carried.
John reminded group of emails dealing with Election of officers next week and with the Elwha tour on Saturday the 3rd. Brian Garrett said he had room for several riders.
Peggy said members of the Noon Kiwanis Club would be at December 6th meeting to sell cans of nuts. Bring your $20.00!!!!
Harry Bell announced meetings of the Port of Port Angeles on Public Lands; at Sequim Transit Center on US Forest Service and the Dungeness River Watershed; and DNR (Tuesday December 6th) last meeting of the year, and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting following this meeting
George B. said WSDOT will be meeting in Forks.
Dr. Robbins announced the Peninsula College Boy’s Basketball Classic this weekend.
Young Johnson said the North Peninsula Builder’s Association will be having its annual gala on December 8th–at Sunland Golf Club. They are seeking donations for the auction. Proceeds go to Toys for Tots and Pennies for Quarters.
She reminded everyone that even though the Harbor Towne Mall is for sale, none of the businesses there are for sale.
Young brought up the problem of vandalism to the downtown lights.
Kevin Hoult said there has been a lot stealing with restrooms in the Port Building.
Sara Abbott from Necessities and Temptations presented Becca Korby with $900 that the business had taken in as tips during the months of October and November.
Becca Korby, Executive Director, Healthy Families of Clallam County, said domestic and family abuse and rape are reality even though many do not want to talk about it. The less secretive the subject, more will know about it. Abuse is not a gender issue, there are no social and age boundaries.
She presented a personal account of what abuse and drugs had done and is doing to her family. Donations from the City of Port Angeles and even Sequim are down.
Of the $745,000 brought into Clallam County, $700,000 is spent locally. Residents need to be aware of what is going on. There were 9,000 bed nights last year which allowed 26 men, women and children a place to sleep. HFCC provides free service helping many of those who do not want to be on welfare or drugs. Funding helps these people find their way back ( It can take a woman 10 years to recover from the financial failure due to a divorce.)
Information and referrals are important since violence and homelessness are not going to go away.
A Children’s Advocacy Center was set up to help child victims of physical and sexual abuse and their non-offending family members. Clallam County has about the same number of abuse cases as does King County. Becca recommended that people sit in on such cases before judges who might be in a rush to finish a case before they listen to all sides.
HFCC provides housing through 5 apartments, communal housing and transitional housing such as the Rose House. (Women at Rose House must pay rent and for cleaning supplies. This helps them start learning about budgeting.)
There is no transitional housing for men. The $900 Becca received today will help 20 people over the next month with rent, food and Christmas gifts.
The Holiday Joy program that adopts families in need will help with Christmas items this year.
Q & A
Phil K: Tied in with Foster care?
BK: There is a shortage of foster care facilities in the area. Children would rather stay with their natural families is at all possible.
Steve B: How reduce violence?
BK: Live in a community and family that has good jobs. Meth problem: Substance abuse cause violence or does violence cause substance abuse? She feels violence is the main cause of abuse. Education of people and judges is important.
George B: School District programs.
BK: Parents do not want to have the problem discussed in front of their children. Schools are slowly coming around to teaching what bullying, consent, and dating can do.
Randy J: What should judges change?
BK: Don’t release on personal recognizance or probable causes. Do not be so quick to lower bail.
Jack G: Defense Attorneys?
KB: Some are doing a good job but they can harm a child just by the way they question them.
Harry B: Guardian ad litem?
KB: Has been helpful at times.
Young J: Who contact if more families need help for Christmas?
KB: This is the season for abuse. A $500,000 donation has been made and will go toward capital funding. It is hoped that HFCC can purchase the buildings of several local businesses thus bringing in rental money to help the budget.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30am.