Tour Passage Point residences at opening ceremony Thursday

July 6, 2011

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 5 p.m. July 6, 2011

Before the first residents make Passage Point their new home this summer, the YWCA invites the public to view the facility during its grand opening Thursday.

YWCA Passage Point is a residential community near Issaquah for single parents emerging from the corrections system. With its 46 housing units and comprehensive services, Passage Point will empower residents, mostly mothers, to reunite with their children in a stable environment, helping them along a path toward self sufficiency.

“I honestly do not know where my daughter and I would be if not for YWCA Passage Point,” Cynthia Liggett, a Passage Point reunification program participant, said in a news release. “Through this program, I have learned how to become more confident in my parenting skills and know I can use my past experience as a stepping stone to success.”

People attending the free tour of the Passage Point campus will learn about the facility’s services to residents and hear from local dignitaries, including King County Executive Dow Constantine.

If you go

Passage Point grand opening

  • 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday
  • 15900 227th Ave. S.E., Maple Valley
  • RSVP to the grand opening by emailing Shoko Toyama at stoyama@ywcaworks.org.

The opening of the Passage point has not been without controversy, and the Issaquah School District held an information night this spring to address community concerns.

A committee of community representatives is working with YWCA Passage Point as administrators formulate a management plan outlining how the facility will be run.

The grand opening will highlight the help the YWCA Passage Point has received from community partners, including the county, the county Veterans and Human Services Levy, King County Housing Authority, federal stimulus grants, the state of Washington and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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One Response to “Tour Passage Point residences at opening ceremony Thursday”

  1. Anton Anderson on July 7th, 2011 1:19 am

    YMCA Passage Point must be watched closely. Passage point must show it is a good neighbor by following all the guide lines set up in allowing it to move in. I as it’s neighbor can support this program only if the running of this facility is open and honest. My best. Anton

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