Off the Press

December 7, 2010

It is time to overcome hardship with giving

Let’s get right to the heart of the matter. Government budget cuts in 2011 are going to hurt the people who need the most help. With the federal, state, county and city dealing with huge revenue deficits — just when layoffs, furloughs and medical cost hikes are hurting most — the shredded social safety net is going to fail a lot of folks.

That’s why it is so important, in fact imperative, that this Christmas season we try to keep our local charities uppermost in our giving impulses. It’s the worst hardships those in need in the next calendar year will face that we need to anticipate and head off here and now.

In case a memory refresher will do some good, these are a few local places that can use our spirit of generosity:

Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah provides for children in need from birth to age 12 throughout the Eastside. To quote their website, “What you give, we give, to Eastside families struggling with job loss, homelessness, medical crisis and poverty.”

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Compassion House needs a hand

September 14, 2010

Compassion House’s newest downtown duplex is in need of some compassion itself.

Compassion House, a nonprofit provider of transitional housing for homeless families, has created a list of household items that could help turn the new duplex into a home.

The list includes a 72-inch sofa, two end tables, a 60-inch desk, desk chair and lamp, a 48-inch TV table with shelves, a DVD player, two stuffed chairs, a computer and printer, a coat rack, area rugs, art work, a 48-inch desk and chair, a 36-by-72-inch bookshelf, a 21-by-68-inch dresser and a desk lamp.

The duplex, at 260 S.E. Andrews St., will provide housing for two homeless families. Compassion House volunteers work with the families to help them become self-sufficient.

E-mail Rick McCarty at rick@compassion-house.org to donate or learn more.

Lend a hand to Compassion House in Issaquah

September 13, 2010

NEW — 11:35 a.m. Sept. 13, 2010

Compassion House’s newest downtown duplex is in need of some compassion itself.

Compassion House, a nonprofit provider of housing for homeless people, has created a list for household items that could help turn the duplex into a home.

The list includes a 72-inch sofa, two end tables, a 60-inch desk, desk chair and lamp, a 48-inch TV table with shelves, a DVD player, two stuffed chairs, a computer and printer, a coat rack, area rugs, art work, a 48-inch desk and chair, a 36-by-72-inch bookshelf, a 21-by-68-inch dresser and a desk lamp.

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Compassion House units named for philanthropist

July 27, 2010

Compassion House — a nonprofit provider of housing for homeless people — plans to name a new downtown duplex after a longtime philanthropist instrumental to the construction.

Dignitaries will gather July 29 to dedicate the Julia L. Pritt House. The namesake philanthropist donated land for the housing units.

Join Mayor Ava Frisinger, Compassion House leaders and volunteer builders at the duplex, 260 S.E. Andrews St. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

Volunteers built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a program of the Master Builders Care Foundation.

The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the largest homebuilding group in the nation.

The duplex will provide housing for two homeless families. Compassion House volunteers will work with the families to help them become self-sufficient.

Pritt died April 3 at age 77. In addition to the Compassion House donation, she donated money to help the city form downtown Cybil-Madeline Park.

Compassion House dedicates housing for homeless to late philanthropist Thursday

July 27, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 27, 2010

Compassion House — a nonprofit provider of housing for homeless people — plans to name a new downtown duplex after a longtime philanthropist instrumental to the construction.

Dignitaries will gather Thursday to dedicate the Julia L. Pritt House. The namesake philanthropist donated land for the housing units.

Join Mayor Ava Frisinger, Compassion House leaders and volunteers builders at the duplex, 260 S.E. Andrews St. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

Volunteers built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a program of the Master Builders Care Foundation. The group also refurbished a home donated to Compassion House.

The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the largest homebuilding group in the nation.

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Realtors become volunteer landscapers for Compassion House

July 6, 2010

Windermere volunteer Wendy Oliver, center, overlooks the progress that the landscaping party has made at the Compassion House duplex. Contributed

The new Compassion House duplex on Andrews Street received a landscaping makeover June 18, as Windermere Real Estate associates donated their time as part of their annual Service Day.

Finishing touches are being put on the new building, which has space to hold two families in need of transitional housing, according to Compassion House board member Rick McCarty.

The nonprofit organization strives to provide struggling families with not only a place to live, but also counseling and skill building to help them stand on their own, McCarty said.

“It’s really about giving people a hand up, not a handout,” he said.

When faced with making plans for the 2010 Windermere Service Day, coordinator Dave Paremski chose to return to Compassion House, which he and his agents had worked with several years ago to landscape the neighboring home. Read more

Off The Press

May 4, 2010

Elks poker players help raise funds for charities

David Hayes Press reporter

I’ve been playing poker now long enough and well enough that I could theoretically take the next step — go pro.

One problem is I never set aside my winnings in a separate poker bankroll account to fund entering other poker events. I usually end up spending it on regular activities, so I’m always starting over from square one.

The other problem is I enjoy where I’m playing now — the Elks Lodge. However, based on the declining numbers showing up at our poker leagues, fewer players are doing likewise. The biggest exodus of players is due quite literally to them moving out of town. We’ve lost others — one who decided to concentrate on family, one to natural causes and three because when one broke up with another, all three stopped showing.

I could take my money elsewhere and play in bigger events with bigger payouts. But casinos have a rake of all the action that they get to keep.

I prefer the Elks’ procedure — the rake they keep ends up going to charity.

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Issaquah benefactor Julia Pritt dies

April 27, 2010

The philanthropist who donated land for a planned downtown park and housing for the homeless has died.

Julia Pritt, 77, died April 3 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. The philanthropist amassed a fortune when she and then-husband Frank Pritt launched a software company, Attachmate Corp. Julia Pritt led accounting and human resources for the company.

The retired software executive left a diverse legacy in downtown Issaquah. Her donations laid the foundation for a much-anticipated park and needed transitional housing units.

The city purchased the Beebe property — today known as Cybil-Madeline Park — in August 1995 with a $500,000 donation from Pritt. City officials have worked for more than a decade to assemble parcels near the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the East Fork. Officials refer to the area of planned trails and open space as the “crown jewel” of the municipal park system.

Pritt requested for the parcel to be renamed for her granddaughters, Cybil and Madeline.

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Cybil-Madeline Park, Compassion House donor dies

April 24, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2010

The philanthropist who donated land for a planned downtown park and housing for the homeless has died.

Julia Pritt, 77, died April 3 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. The philanthropist amassed a fortune when she and then-husband Frank Pritt launched a software company, Attachmate Corp. Julia Pritt led accounting and human resources for the company.

The retired software executive left a diverse legacy in downtown Issaquah. Her donations laid the foundation for a much-anticipated park and needed transitional housing units.

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Council will vote on dollars to feed hungry, shelter homeless

December 1, 2009

Many human services agencies are in line to receive the same amount of city grant dollars next year as the organizations received in 2009. Read more

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