Family Support Center fundraising to purchase shelter needs

OlympianApril 16, 2014 

The Smith Building - originally the Olympia Credit Bureau and the former City of Olympia Planning Department building - is shown in downtown Olympia on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

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The Family Support Center of South Sound, a 24-hour-a-day shelter should be ready for occupancy July 1. However, the nonprofit group still needs funding to buy furnishings, including bunk beds, kitchenware and bath supplies.

The project is the rehabilitation of the Smith Building located at 837 Seventh Ave. SE, in Olympia, from a vacant office building to six emergency shelter, and seven permanent, affordable housing units for families with children, with onsite supportive services.

It cost nearly $2 million to make the transition from an office building to a family shelter, which will replace the overnight-only shelter at First Christian Church in Olympia.

Individuals and businesses are invited to contribute by purchasing the right to engrave their names and business logos on 600 bricks in the shelter entryway. The cost is $100 per person and $300 per business. Also, room sponsorships are available for $5,000.

See the Family Support Center's wish list to learn how you can help.

For more information, visit the family support center website at

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