As an advocate helping homeless people find homes through the Olympia nonprofit SideWalk, Julia Moore has seen up close what it feels like to be on the outside of a door. So when she was asked to paint a door for SideWalks new fundraiser, dubbed My Front Door, Moore had a message she wanted to express:
We all come from the same mother, the door reads, and her name is Home.
With My Front Door, the homeless advocacy center aims to raise both awareness and money with a collection of doors transformed into art, including doors by Nikki McClure and China Star, the latest Arts Walk cover artist.
The doors will move around town for the next two weeks and then be auctioned off May 31.
The SideWalk center, a project of Interfaith Works, is well on its way to achieving its goal of getting 100 people back into housing during 2013. Were about to house our 50th person, marketing director Emma Margraf said last week.
SideWalk knows what it takes to end homelessness: Find homes for the homeless. That includes help with budgeting and finding resources, financial assistance to get started, referrals for mental-health or addiction treatment, and whatever else an individual might need. The process generally takes between six months and a year.
Were not just saying that were going to end homelessness, Margraf said. We know that we can.
Its just a really sweet feeling to see someone get back in a home, Moore said.
Her door was inspired by religious iconography. I came up with an archetypal image of a goddess figure, she said. Shes the spirit of home.
Then I was tripping out on the idea that this planet is our home. I was combining those two ideas of a personal home and everybodys home, the planet.
The figure is wearing a roof on her head, like a hat. It says, Everybody deserves to have a roof over their head, Moore said.