Lower shelter standards will affect the rest of us

Olympia, Eastside residentAugust 29, 2013 

Regarding the possible location of a low-barrier shelter in the Eastside Olympia neighborhood, I am neither in favor of it or against it at this time. I am withholding my opinion on that part of it, and location does not concern me much.

What concerns me is that we have lowered the bar and assumed that we must toss out rules in order to serve a segment of our community. Unless there is a plan in place that is well-financed enough to assist these unfortunates on the road to recovery, I cannot accept a facility that will do no favors to the community or to the individuals they will take in.

Too often we have attempted to minister to the least among us, but in doing so we have lowered standards which affect the rest of us. No more.

Please let me know if the organization managing this proposed facility has an effective plan in place to give their clients the opportunity to become rule followers, and you will have won a supporter.

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