SPIN Café is sorry to announce that Mark Martenson, SPIN's Support Services Coordinator, is leaving the organization after three years of service to the community's most vulnerable members.
The SPIN Café community offers huge congratulations to staff member Jayla Lawing, who received her diploma on the evening of June 20 from Skagit Valley Community College!
After devoting years to her studies while raising her son and dealing with struggles of her own (detailed in a recent SPIN blog post), Jayla graduated with two hard-earned Associate of Applied Sciences degrees, one in Human Services, and one in Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse Disorders Counseling.
Way to go, Jayla! We are so very proud of you!
Editor's note -- in the month since this post was published, Laken has been hired part time at SPIN and has found housing. Congratulations Laken!
Laken Sennett had his life together. He grew up in Everett, started a business in Marysville, had a son and a daughter. But he was barely hanging on financially.
“Then, I guess… well, life throws you curveballs, y’know?”
Dear SPIN Cafe community,
This is a special time for SPIN in our ongoing mission. We continue to serve all people in need, and we hear regular success stories from current and former patrons — new jobs, college diplomas, secure housing, improved health, and inspiring ideas from guests who want to give back. That doesn’t include the dozens, maybe even hundreds, of untold stories from those who passed through our doors, got back on their feet, and went on with their lives.
Thanks to overwhelming support from the community, we continue to receive funding; we continue to pay our bills; and we continue to progress in the development of our new facility and our plans to occupy that space by the end of the year.
We have faced our share of challenges, mostly in the form of fear and rejection from some segments of the community. We will do our best to proactively address their concerns and work with them to find solutions. But we will never back off from our mission, Serving People In Need. As I stated in a Whidbey News Times column last weekend, it is inconceivable to me that our community could tell people they are unworthy of love and belonging. You can read that column here.
As always, thank you for your support, without which SPIN could never do the vital work we do.
Vivian Rogers Decker
Randy Beumer paints a simple picture.
“We all aspire to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.”
In the words of Micah 6:8, Pastor Beumer sees the inspiration behind his Christian Reformed congregation’s support for SPIN Café.
Curled up in my cozy chair with a warm cup of tea feels absolutely luxurious as I look out the window at the landscape of snow and ice, covering everything as if it was dipped in frosting and sprinkled with icing sugar. It’s beautiful. But it is also brutal… especially to those that do not have housing.
SPIN is a thriving, busy place every day of the week, serving dozens of guests at any given time. In an environment like that, things tend to wear out… and the “I wish we had…” lists just keep getting longer.
What’s at the top of the wish list?
In case you missed it at last November's annual dinner, here is Tangiler London's inspiring and joyful story on video. Many thanks to Reid Schwartz for shooting and editing this story. Reid is a real estate broker at Keller Williams in Oak Harbor and a devoted supporter of SPIN's mission.
These are momentous times for SPIN Cafe. And that's a perfect time to celebrate.
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I just completed my third meeting this month with a WorkSource client who is interested in doing a work-study at SPIN Cafe. Every time I do one of these "interviews" I am reminded that there are very few places in our community where people can go outside of school or college to get real-time work experience in order to build up their skills. These skills allow them to not only get the job they want, but to keep the job they have.
We're letting the community know how SPIN makes us all stronger. And we welcome guest posts! Please contact blogger Bill Walker if you'd like to post an article.