Agency aimed at street youth finds hope in new leader, new location
Nearly one year ago, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) almost closed its doors amid budget troubles.
Now the nonprofit organization has a new executive director, a new location, and it has plans to grow.
On Oct. 31, PSKS, which serves more than 600 homeless young people each year, will leave its old location at 1814 Summit Ave. and move a mile east to a new building on the corner of 19th and Pine.
PSKS Executive Director Susan Fox, who took over in August, is eager to leave the old building, which she described as “small, cramped and dirty.”
“It feels like a rebirth,” Fox said of the new building.
It’s been a year of big changes for the organization. In October 2012, then Executive Director Elaine Simons asked the community for a cash infusion to save the nonprofit. Members of the community rallied, giving more than $200,000, including about $20,000 from the city of Seattle.
But the near-closure cost Simons her job. The board appointed Fox as interim executive director in December. Finances are forcing the organization to leave its old space on Summit Avenue. The rent was set to go up from $4,600 a month to $5,600 after October.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church is renting space to PSKS in a building it owns for $4,400 a month.
Fox said the new building, which includes seven private offices for case workers and managing staff, is perfect.
“It’s almost two times the square footage for less rent,” she said.
PSKS will share the building with People of Color Against AIDSNetwork.
Teens and young adults have already visited the new location with sledgehammers in hand to knock down walls and create an open foyer for the program’s drop-in center, Fox said.
Fox represents a new era for the drop-in center. The previous director, Simons, was a “street mom” who knew all the teens and their stories.
Fox worked as executive director at the Jubilee Women’s Center for eight years. She said she learned to do fundraising there, and will focus on growing the PSKS budget now, though she won’t say by how much.
“It’ll be bigger,” she said.
Money is already coming in. At an auction Oct. 12, PSKS raised more than $70,000.
Fox said PSKS will continue to serve people who cannot get help elsewhere, including LGBTQ teens, teens with pets and anyone else who doesn’t fit into traditional homelessness services.
“It’s a sin that they’re considered throwaways by society,” Fox said. “It’s my job to make sure that doesn’t happen anymore.”
CommentsIt's a sin to kick someone out of the organization that they built. The whole country's in a recession, everyone is strapped for funds, including people who own businesses and non-profits. How is that Elaine's fault? It isn't! It's also a sin that rent should cost over $4,000 a month for a non-profit. Something should be worked out to make it easier for non-profits to operate. $4,600 or $4,400 a month is beyond outrageous to ask of a much needed service. Point still being that it was not Elaine's fault AND she managed to save the organization! How is that an offense? That's someone who can get things done! - Phoenix, core member PSKS 1995-1998 Seth "Phoenix" Perry thanks for your comments and insights. It means a lot to me from one founding member to another. You should change your title to founding core member :) Elaine Simons, Founding Executive Director and Core Member PSKS 1995-2012 I'm sorry but this article is fairly insulting to homeless kids and is extremely one sided. PSKS was one of the few homeless organizations that was actually created by street youth.. in Elaine's basement. At it's heart PSKS was always about community and empowering homeless kids. It was never a place that focused on funding unless it absolutly had to. I can't believe another homeless agency is publishing an article about them from this point of view. Since when is it a bad thing to focus on the real issues instead of funding? She did end up raising plenty of money.. and still somehow she failed? This is exactly how the kids that helped setup and run this org wanted it to be. It wasn't just another homeless agency focused on their next gala so they could make a few more bucks. And for what anyways? How has she not raised enough money by now? Although honestly.. I'm saddened most that Susan only sees being a "street mom" as an era that is now over. Does she think these kids who don't fit into other homeless centers need more caseworkers? No.. we really don't. We need mothers.. real supporters.. people who can collect our precious memories as if we are a family and hold onto them for decades. Someone who reminds us that even when we die we will be remembered.. regardless of our family. Someone who forgives us and forgets no matter how many mistakes we make. That's exactly why the system didn't work for us in the first place. First off let me say that PSKS has been there for me when I was on the streets and up until recently has helped keep me off the streets, but the recent steps that the PSKS board of directors and the new ED have taken in order for this so called "rebirth" is more like a "hostile takeover". They fired Elaine Simons who was the heart and soul and six months later they fire Jaclyn Mellon(who is a single mother that used to be on the streets) the last member of PSKS that has any history with the center. In doing so they divided a community right down the middle... And now there is a bunch of people saying there PSKS and there not! They are impostors who know nothing of the unique history that is PSKS. They said it themselves that PSKS is a Drop-in, It's not a Drop-in! It's an advocacy and resource center established by the Elaine to assist anyone who is homeless or at risk in Capitol Hill Community... Taking that from us was like throwing us back out on the streets...We didn't need another youth center, thats what The Orion Center and New Horizons are for. PSKS was different, it was run by Core members that were participants and we would have meetings and vote on what kind of programs were needed based on opinion from the community. Finally whoever reads this please share it with anyone you can so that maybe a Lawyer or the News will get word of this and someone might finally take responsibility for what has happened So are you all saying that people who are new to PSKS aren't a part of it? I've only been volunteering there for a year now, so I guess that makes me an imposter. Please tell me how long I have to be there before I'm considered a "real" PSKS member. Or will I never be one because I haven't been homeless, I'm just putting in time, money and effort to help. @Gordon, I wouldn't say that. I think that you are seeing that there is a fair amount of unresolved emotions and issues related to the events of last year - the details of which I am an outsider to as well. Clearly PSKS is not the same organization it was. Let's hope that in the not too distant future we find that something fills the void. @Gordon Of course were not saying that.. that's what was so great about PSKS. Everyone could be a member of its community. But I don't think you can rip out the heart and soul of a community and then disregard it as just a budget issue. Obviously this wasn't your doing.. it was the board of directors, the only group with the authority to fire the director and founder of the program. I wouldn't take these comments so personally. As far as I know Elaine was never homeless either btw.. just someone who volunteered her time like you to help us out. Its a disgrace something so awesome is being gutted without people really understanding why it was there in the first place. I guess "unresolved emotions" is one way to put it.. I'd describe it more as "stealing and recreating the organization hundreds of street kids helped to create over the years". PSKS has been around for almost 20 years now. I remember 10 years ago how much they tried to fight against becoming a real non profit with a board of directors.. and now it all makes sense. I have been lurking in the background reading these comments and its surreal to see my name in peoples' comments. Gordan I echo the others this is not directed at you and your dedication to PSKS. Its paying homage and respect to all of the others who have come before you, are still there and the future generations that will benefit from the amaziness that PSKS has given to this community for over 18 years. I am in awe and humble by the words of the people who have so far commented on this article. There is so much unsaid and so much to do to move forward. Within the last week and around the time of this article publishing the Executive Director and Board of Directors has announced that long time Employee Jaclyn Mellon is no longer going to be at PSKS. With her transition PSKS as we know it is no longer. We come together in unity and respect the legacy and uphold our by laws and mission or the agency needs to change its name as it is not fair to be seeking funds on memories and our hard work. The new regine needs to meet with us and hear these words. 11 months ago I did not alone save PSKS the community stepped up to save this iconic agency. In less then two weeks PSKS was saved and I was terminated- We only raised over $200k because of all the community connections we made over the years. I never had a change or opportunity to heal and move the agency forwarded as I was locked out within a week of the Mayors Press Conference. The words I said on the attached video were my intentions. I was because of you the founding members since 1995 my former students who took a chance with a out of the box teacher who empowered you to have a voice and ensure that services reflect what you wanted and funding was seeked to support your programs and your dreams. Becoming a non profit in the end did ultimately destroyed us. Ironic-full circle what we faught against and thought we were taking safe guards against and that was a board that was not made up of the people we served who lost a long the way the original mission. Jes hit is on the nail. The by laws got lost in translation over the years chipped away and the 60% homeless held board composition started shifting. In the beginning we faught to for our agency can we fight again in peace to save our agency and ensure that the new regine uphold the original founding mission and intent? I suggest a restorative circle or mediation of the stake holders so peace can happen. Please listen to the voices of the people they are speaking from the heart. One Year Later what is going on at PSKS? Is it living up to its' legacy? http://take21.seattlechannel.org/2012/10/25/peace-for-the-streets-by-kids-from-the-streets/ In Peace and Solidarity, Elaine Simons, Founding Executive Director and Core Member I agree that it's frustrating that so much emphasis has to be put on fundraising. Unfortunately it's a reality of our current system. The need to incorporate as a 501(c)3 is partly a protection for contributors. Otherwise anyone could start up a fake organization, solicit contributions, pocket the money and do nothing. There would be no visibility and no recourse. Having a Board of Directors that are not allowed to benefit financially from the organization is supposed to be a means of protection. Having nonprofit status also encourages people to contribute because they can get a tax break. That seems sad, but it's also effective under our current system. So fund-raising is necessary. Having more money doesn't mean you'll do the right things, but NOT having any money will pretty much prevent you from doing much of anything. I would love it if PSKS had enough money to pay it's staff what they are really worth and to be able to operate every day with extended hours. God knows, the need is there. The pattern of being participant-directed and actively engaged in the community that has been established by all those who worked on this for the last 20 years is something that needs to be continued. The concept of the Core group is one of the unique things about PSKS, but I don't see many young people stepping up to be involved. I don't know if this is because there has been a change in the nature of the homeless community or if young people are more transient now, or what. I see revitalizing Core as the biggest need right now (beyond getting into a much better physical space), but I don't know how to do that. I'm asking anyone who has been involved with Core in the past and has seen it work, to please come back and help for the sake of everyone. Or contact me directly and talk with me. Please don't burn it down out of anger and hurt. That won't help anyone. Sorry Gordon, but PSKS is not PSKS without Elaine or Jaclyn. It isn't just another organization with a replaceable leader. I have zero interest on helping anyone that treats those two this way. Maybe you guys should rename the center to something that reflects the new direction you guys are taking with the drop in center, etc if you don't want its history brought up? Or perhaps just treating them with a bit more respect throughout this may of helped? We all know funding is important so you really don't need to talk down to us in that manner too.. all that was said is that funding was never a focus. Certainly not worth switching out the founder for.. are you seriously trying to argue that it was? We where not a drop in center ever! Just to clarify that! We where an organization that where about advocacy! You knw giving kids a voice so they can learn to help themselves with guidance! And to who ever said they only been volunteering a year at PSKS and is taking offense when someone said they said they aren't apart of PSKS your really not a part of the REAL PSKS your not apart of the agency heart or essence! Your apart of another drop in center which we never where to begin with! And PSKS should not be about money and a budget but the people it helps they stole are agency and in turn is changing what we started this is jst a name not what PSKS is! @Jes, I have no knowledge of why the BoD chose to remove Elaine. All of that happened before I started at PSKS. So I'm not trying to argue one way or the other. And I have no knowledge of what transpired with Jaclyn. I really like her and have tremendous respect for all she's done and all she's been through. In almost every organization I've seen, when someone is let go, no reason is given to the rest of the employees. I've seen enough people let go, and also been the one being let go, enough times that I draw no conclusions from any of it. As for fundraising, I wasn't trying to talk down to anyone. What I was hearing seemed to be the opinion that funding wasn't important, and I was making the case that it is (and also responding to the issue of 501(c)3 status). I've been involved in other nonprofit organizations and I worked in the business world for almost 40 years. I was speaking from that perspective. Certainly, any change in leadership will affect an organization. I don't want to see PSKS change too much from how it has been working, because I think it's a great design. I don't see it as a drop-in center, and please note that it was the author of the article who called it that. But with the lack of organized activities and lack of Core involvement by the participants, it is starting to look more like one. I don't believe that is anyone's long-term goal for PSKS. But the reality is that PSKS exists as an entity, regardless of who holds what position. Was Apple still Apple without Steve Jobs? When I talk to people about the issues of youth homelessness, I will still talk about PSKS as an organization. And I will give credit to those who created it. @Gordon Maybe it'd be best to not join in on this conversation then, since you don't know what we're talking about? You are clearly arguing that it is okay for this to of happened to Elaine and now Jaclyn. I have seen many people let go as well.. but rarely do I see people this dedicated to their jobs fired. Rarely do I see people fighting to get their leader back. Especially without a single voice outside of the board that seems to of wanted her gone. Where are the people who have worked there for more than a year that agree with you? PSKS isn't Apple.. that's exactly my point. Corporate jobs are about the product but PSKS was a community of individuals that were not replaceable. I'd compare this more to having your mom swapped out and dealing with step parents. No one wants to deal with that. Honestly I think you just misunderstand too many core facts of what being a homeless kid is even about to understand where we are coming from. And this is how I know the PSKS I knew is dead. This is how every other organization failed these kids, they see themselves as a corporation and not a community. At that point why bother hiking up to 19th when Orion is a perfectly fine corporate drop in center right down the street? Probably closer too. A houseless participant has brought to my attention they are concern about what plans are being made for their ten years of using PSKS as their address to ensure there is no interruption to their getting access to their mail there will be benefits, personal mail etc. that PSKS has safe kept for so many years. Their needs to be put in place a process for the least interruptions. Also signage needs to be up throughout the center, face book and web site about where they are moving and how to contact them. This communication is of most importance as many participants will fall through the cracks from this move. About every two years we would go through the mail Jaclyn or another person and bundle up mail that has just been sitting there then we would begin to thin it out by returning all bills and junk mail and holding on to their personal mail until they surfaced. Please ensure you have made plans. What they did to Elaine was horrid...oh well..what the did to her is exactly what Caligula did to Rome. ..and like Caligula's Rome. ..it will fall I was not part of PSKS, but I witnessed its birth, I was there when Elaine had her doubts about embarking on this venture, but her compassion for the homeless and hopeless youth drove her and gave her the force she needed to create this agency, she was a teacher and always went above and beyond to help who ever needed help and with the participation of homeless youth PSKS was born, so many obstacles, so much dedication from all kinds of people, yes Gordon, PSKS is an entity, but a soulless one, Elaine was one of the soul that made PSKS an entity. Yes I was shocked when she was fired, in any case she should have been laid off... I wish you luck Gordon, the kind of work you are doing requires dedication. Elaine will be like the Phoenix and she will rise from all this ugliness and thrive again. She will stay for ever the PSKS mother/caring parent that so many human beings never had...And that cannot be changed .Elaine you rock! I agree Gordon there is a need for the core to be strong. I have not been around for over 11 months and cannot answer on how core are working with the board or who is coordinating and facilitating their involvement. That is something many former core members can offer. A suggestion perhaps open up when they meet to the public so a former inactive core can come and each time present something from the organizational memory to the new core. A rotating guest core mentor. That would be sweet and empowering and validating to all the generations of core members over the last 18 years to the founding core members to the present. I have seen so many people who became core find their self esteem and the personal empowerment when your voice is heard and validated. We used to joke that within so many months after becoming a core they found some housing stability. There is a correlation to a place of belonging and community. That can never be taken away. Without the core then the very principles that PSKS was built upon is no longer. It then is a board driven agency not a participant driven agency. The two entities need one another to hold each other in check and ensure that quality services and human kindness is foremost over funding at times. The agency was blessed with community support how would we have survived for over 18 years without that magic. The recession hit us pretty hard and it has been a struggle to keep true to our guiding values. And in 2012 the community stepped up and saved what they knew not what it became. In the last 11 months the agency as we knew it transitioned from a store front at times chaoic advocacy center where amazing leaders came out of the doors to this more mainstream and direct services approach. I think there can be a balanced between direct services and advocacy / education approach. I am excited to see if that can come out of this dialogue. Jaclyn and I would rock if we could open an PSKS Advocacy Center and the Direct Service Center in conjunction in the same location. I don't know the physical space but that would be sweet and solve all of these problems. Call me idealist but a co directorship models has been something we have discussed but not put into action. This article has some facts in it that are true, but it isn't the story. Elaine S. was terminated directly after a funding crisis, but that isn't the story either. In each case, the sad, sordid detail were kept secret to protect the organization. Elaine bullied staff, going so far as to retroactively dock pay in one case. She harassed at least one mentally ill participant on FB. She contacted funders in inappropriate ways, including pressuring the a major grant committee (leading to loss of the grant which precipitated the original funding crisis). She allowed restricted donations to be used for undesignated expenses, assuming the organization would be able to recoup the funds from other sources before it became an issue. Those are just some of the documented problems brought to the attention of the board. In the case of Susan Fox, there are a completely different set of problems. She may be fundraising now, but she sat on her hands the entire time she was interim director. In her words she was "just a substitute teacher" and had no intention of using her abilities or her large personal data base of funding contacts unless she was made a permanent employee. During her "substitute" phase she made participants feel unwelcome to the point they complained to other staff and the board. She attended diversity training under protest, and at that training voiced the opinion that Christians are a persecuted minority in America. She initiated no process for moving the organization forward, created no substantive evaluation of its current state, and set no measurable benchmarks. Even the gala fundraiser mentioned in this article was a repetition of an annual event. Its scheduling, however, was significantly delayed from its original tentative date because of the upheaval in leadership. Due to the aforementioned, Ms. Fox was not a foregone conclusion as permanent executive director. She faced serious and well qualified competition. As also mentioned, she relied heavily on PSKS's need for funding, and her refusal to use the resources and contacts at her disposal to secure the position. She also obtained a letter of recommendation from Mt. Zion, stating their desire to continue working directly with her in obtaining PSKS's lease in their building. Finally, she told the interview committee that she had a personal relationship with the a funder who was considering PSKS for a $50,000 grant, that she had not reached out to that person, but potentially could. The interview committee was split between the two final candidates. The board members on the committee favored Ms. Fox. The staff. with the exception of the Director of Development, and participants favored the other finalist. Both then gave presentations to a limited and carefully selected group of participants. The participants overwhelmingly favored the other finalist candidate, commenting enthusiastically about her presentation and the energy it brought for several days. The Board of Directors chose to hire Susan Fox. That's PSKS. It's very much like the former Soviet Union. On paper it was a lovely idea. But it's people who put ideas into practice, and the practice was a nightmare. Who's facts are these? If this was the case then this public statement is deflamation of character and is treading on dangerous territory as this would be disclosing personnel issues and an violation of employment confidentiality. Do you really want me to answer these accusations? The answers will not be to your liking. This is disheartning. Not only is my life mission is stolen now lies are circulating. "This article has some facts in it that are true, but it isn’t the story. Elaine S. was terminated directly after a funding crisis, but that isn’t the story either. In each case, the sad, sordid detail were kept secret to protect the organization. Elaine bullied staff, going so far as to retroactively dock pay in one case. She harassed at least one mentally ill participant on FB. She contacted funders in inappropriate ways, including pressuring the a major grant committee (leading to loss of the grant which precipitated the original funding crisis). She allowed restricted donations to be used for undesignated expenses, assuming the organization would be able to recoup the funds from other sources before it became an issue." Ugh Natta Chance...? She harassed who? And she bullied who? I'm sorry but u have no freakin understanding of who Elaine is if anything the staff and the participants bullied her. And Elaine and funding crisis but I'm let's remember that it wasn't her job to get funding it was Brian's but no he isn't taking the blame for that he jst gets paid 70,000$ a year to sit on his ass. And Susan using her contacts as a way to gain the position when her own public statements are demeaning to homeless youth. And i suppose that the idea of Elaine being fired because people on the board disagreed with her isn't that off. I'm sure that what they do publicly to her reputation isn't unethical... I'm sure Susan and Cindy are the best of friends. You guys aren't even ethical morally good standing people you people don't have kids don't work with kids and are trying to tell homeless youth what to do with their organization. And to be clear we know the by laws state a CORE and board vote their wants such a thing. You used people's sickness and prior engagements and change of rules to fire Elaine. And have the nerve to blame her for all the problems. Give us back out agency og find you another job. I'm sure that this is only a way for u to find your own pay check Susan and Bryan let's be clear no one wants you there and the youth didn't ask for you. PSKS doesn't belong to you and not shall it ever give us our name our archives and we will so with out you. Mudslinging inevitably splatters as much on the thrower as on the target. Since this discussion has descended into personal attacks by people who decline to identify themselves, I'm going to take Jes' advice and make no further comments. My name is Real! Wow. Just...WOW. The charges some anonymous person is making [Natta Chance] re; ES are WAY over the top. I'd suggest Natta Chance identify self immediately and explain. Those are very serious allegations and are also untrue. Wow...BTW, is this ethical? http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-keep-helping?fb_action_ids=10151984057811042&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582 Because it seems to me someone working for PSKS and also working for themselves diverting funds for sidewalk chalk is a conflict of interest. But what do I know... "Natta Chance" ?? Too much of a COWARD to use a real name at all when you post blatant LIES, I see. Because you must know what happens to people who run their mouth on the streets. You must also know you can be sued for slander and defamation of character. You'r ea real chicken shit scumbag. I have never been a member of PSKS, but have a number of friends who were very involved in the early days (2003-2005ish) and a number of past friends on their memorial wall. I have been very disappointed to see what they have turned into in the last year. Certain board members (one of whom I assume is this Natta Chance) have been using their position as a means to hold authority in Seattle's Street Kid and activist communities. It's really sad to see what PSKS has turned into. So amazes me that anybody would criticize Elaine, the job she did , not very many people would have done, she took care of homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, abused teenagers, a lot of the kids she helped died in the streets...AND you expect her to deal with all of that with white gloves and tea parties...Lets be real here...How many people out there got their lives back together because of PSKS, Elaine is very direct, Elaine is REAL, her compassion and her drive changed many lives, and she did it for 18 years... If you judge her, put yourself in her shoes first...If you have unconditional love for your fellow human being, if you have the compassion she has, then judge her, otherwise keep silent... This whole article and thread breaks my heart... 18 years ago I sat with a group, my family, of homeless youth, in a studio apt with a vision... This vision was not intended for personal or political gain! Our vision, was to be heard, to be recognized, to be able to create a youth center, that would welcome all ages, sexes, colors. NO discrimination... Notice the name we chose? PSKS PEACE for the STREETS by KIDS from the STREETS.. Notice the word peace? Is this a peaceful? This is in-fact a HOSTILE TAKEOVER! They are weeding out the old.. trying to erase our memory, US the Founders.. Why? Whats the goal in that? you wanna know why? They want to take everything we fought for and make it theres.. I for saw one day PSKS would no longer have Elaine, (when she retired), I always hoped that no matter what they'd follow our dream, keep our story alive. Instead they are killing us off.. Take over what we started and destroy it.. Why did they let Elaine go? You think we know the truth? No they will continue to make Elaine look bad, and lie and manipulate for their own personal gain. To save their name, their jobs. When all said and done, They forced Elaine to do things against her wishes, things she did not morally agree with. They USED & Bullied Elaine, they used us, they used so many over the course of so many years for their own personal and political gain and changed our dream and turned it into every other drop in center. Turned it into exactly what we never wanted it to be. Do I want PSKS to end because Elaine or Jacqueline is no longer there? NO…. I want what I and my family created and fought for to continue fourth for many more generations. I want it to continue to succeed, and help the homeless community.. I want them to continue what we started, with the same love and passion we had…They need the compassion and the "street mother" Vibe Elaine gave us… Thats what made it unique, we weren't just another case load in a file..Come on open your eyes!!! We as Homeless youth, adults are LOST SOULS that just need and want to be excepted and loved. The love and compassion Elaine gave us gave us strength, courage to continue forward.. To fight and survive and become successful, business owners, parents, lawyers, ect. WE THE FOUNDERS ARE STILL HERE!!! WE ARE STILL ALIVE!!!! Don't kills us off and burn our memories. Continue our dream the way we intended it!! Continue to share our stories so the new can see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. there is still a future for them and for PSKS…Im devastated…Not only has my "Street mom" been pushed out, slandered, used, manipulated, bullied… We are being killed off.. We, Elaine and the FOUNDERS are being stripped of our dignity… IT IS TIME FOR THE TRUTH TO BE SPOKEN…This msg is intended for the Board members from Oct 2012 to present. Stop lying, stop manipulating, come clean…We are not dead yet.. We still have a fight in us… Mama Sara to Ozzy "can you make me the bicycle" I have known Ms. Simons for over 22 years. She has been accused of being too tough and too confrontational to run this organization. I know Elaine and she can absolutely be confrontational and tough and no holds bard. You are dealing with a bunch of kids who are homeless their brains are not developed, who are faced with drug addiction, mental illness and in many cases sexual abuse that leads to the drug addiction and mental illness. Elaine could never afford NOT to be confrontational why, because it would put her and her organization in jeapody. She had to be tough but she was also compassionate. When she started the organization it was all about fighting for the rights of the homeless youth no matter who they were or where they came from. many of them even temporarily slept in her living room. She was a safety net who gained the trust of a population of youth who were tossed to the side, spit on and ignored by anyone else with the exception of those who could profit off them. With Elaine and PSKS gone (for the original intent of the organization is dead from my understanding) who has the talent and ability to provide the safety net that these kids need. I'm sorry, Elaine built this organization from the ground up and a hostile takeover simply stole it from her management. The act was unconscionable, despicable, and underhanded. And those are the nice things I can think of to say about it. All the media spin and marketing in the world cannot undo the facts. I'd avoid thew group like the plague, personally. It is tainted. I've known Elaine from the beginning. She was the birth mother to that organization and they cut her out like she was a piece of trash. That says a lot about the character of the folks running the group now. Come support us in a celebration on saying Good Bye to "OUR" PSKS... Monday Oct 28th At The old PSKS home; 1814 Summit Ave Seattle WA Schedule: 3-5 PM Creation Station "Because of PSKS" 3-6 Open Mic and celebrationhttps://www.facebook.com/events/480664178714814/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar Thanks for the positive article Aaron. So glad to see this organization back on its feet and already growing in such a short time! I hope the vocal few in the comments can find it in their hearts to set aside their differences. It is an unfortunate distraction from the fact that the organization has continued to function--and actually grow--through the changes over the last year due in no small way to the many individuals who continue to come forward each day and selflessly give their time, energy, kindness, and resources to support their work. You tell 'em Patti! We will not be silenced! We are still here! We are alive and we know what's going on!
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