To the Editor,
Tuesday’s City Council meeting included a report on homelessness in Edmonds that was thoughtful, thorough and enlightening. There were also comments about the recent lack of an emergency cold weather shelter. But We All Belong, the volunteer organization that has been providing those services, has not gone away. It has, however, faced enormous challenges.
The unbelievable work of Mark and Sue Waldin, the program organizers and leads, who have been finding people, places, partners, and permits for more than 10 years, the generosity of the partners (including the Edmonds Senior Center and now Maple Park Church), and the dedication of the more than 100 volunteers, demonstrate that there are many good-hearted people in our community who are happy to shop, cook, serve, clean, haul, talk and stay up all night to get people out of the cold.
I hope all of us can find ways to support these efforts, find ways to help get people in need to the shelter, and work with neighbors. It really doesn’t matter where Edmonds ends and Lynnwood begins. It’s cold all over.