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Seattle Chapter Spring Social

“Coming Closer - A community approach to ending
homelessness in Seattle

We’ve all seen the tents around town and, undoubtedly, heard the reports of homelessness across the region and the country. But have we heard much about what is or can be done to combat this? The BLOCK Project is a housing initiative and a community building project in the Seattle area. Through its integrated design, this project will not only offer opportunities for healing and advancement to those formerly living on the fringes of society, but it will also bring connection, relationship, and compassion to the center of our lives and communities. Many social injustices, including homelessness, are perpetuated through emotional and physical separation, which allows us to get stuck on the complexity of the issue. By literally saying, “Yes, in my backyard”, we will begin to see the person afflicted by the issue. The Block project believes this will nurture the empathy needed to catalyze a global movement. 

Please join us on June 25, 2019 for the annual SEAW Spring Social and learn more about this informative and unique approach to addressing a pressing issue in our community.

Benefits and knowledge our attendees can expect to take away from the presentation:

  • This presentation will help give an update of the status of the BLOCK Project, sharing what has done and where it is hoping to go. Awareness of efforts being made to address the issue of homelessness.

  • How each of us can personally address the issue of homelessness.

  • The homelessness crisis is actually a community crisis. By acknowledging this we begin the process of getting involved. 

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Speaker: Rex Hohlbein, Founder + Creative Director at Facing Homelessness / Principal at BLOCK Architects / Co-founder of the BLOCK Project

A Seattle native, Rex ran a successful residential architectural firm for 30 years. In 2010, after befriending several men experiencing homelessness along the Fremont canal, Rex started a Facebook page to raise awareness for those living unsheltered through the sharing of photos and personal stories. Today, that Facebook page has over 50,000 followers, becoming a thriving and inspirational non-profit, Facing Homelessness. In 2017 Rex combined both architecture and community outreach in starting a social justice architecture firm, BLOCK Architects, with his daughter Jenn LaFreniere.

Where: Lake Union Cafe - 3119 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102. Click here for directions.
Date: Tuesday June 25th
Time: 5:00 pm-8:30 pm

Registration Fees: Members, Non-Members, & Guests - $55
YMG - $40
Students - $20

Agenda:
5:00 pm - Registration/Social Hour
6:00 pm - Buffet Dinner
7:15 pm - Presentations
7:30 pm - Keynote Presentation: “Coming Closer - A community approach to ending homelessness in Seattle”
8:15 pm - President’s Awards, 2019 Engineer of the Year Award

Earlier Event: June 18
YMG PE Info Session
Later Event: July 18
URM SEISMIC RESILIENCE SYMPOSIUM