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NAPO Seattle Area Chapter Day of Service 6-15-2019

By Lauren Williams | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

OHMIGOSH we had a great day!!!!! Eleven of us, quite possibly a record number for a Day of Service, from NAPO Seattle Area Chapter converged on Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center to set its Development storage room to rights. Five hours later, it was unrecognizable. In a good way.   The ribbons may have been…

Charity Choice Monday – Mary’s Place – Real Change 13

By Lauren Williams | June 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

My friend Rob Macauley, a real estate Loan Officer with First Security Bank, has been a supporter of Mary’s Place for as long as I’ve known him.  I thought I knew what Mary’s Place accomplishes, and I was wrong. I thought it was “a women’s shelter.” This is what it really is, from its website:…

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Good News Omen for “my” charity Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

By Lauren Williams | June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’ve previously posted that I think local newspapers are vital, easily accessible instruments for maintaining a person’s mental and emotional health. And so I consider it a tremendous good omen that, when I picked up vol. 43 no. 36, the June 10, 2019 issue of the Woodinville Weekly at my Banner Bank today (Wednesday June…

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Cash and Community

By Lauren Williams | June 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’m in the middle of a calm decluttering. Calm because it’s entirely voluntary. I’m conducting it strictly at my chosen pace. It’s catching me some cash: I’m letting go of things by selling them on Facebook Marketplace. If something doesn’t sell on Marketplace, I’ll experiment with OfferUp, Nextdoor, letgo and similar. I want to know how those…

Charity Choice Monday – Elizabeth Gregory Home – Real Change 12

By Lauren Williams | June 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH). Not “house,” which is what I first typed as I started this review. Home. And that orientation makes all the difference. All of the shelters I’m reviewing in my Charity Choice Monday posts want to be home for the homeless, however temporary. All of the staff want to give their clients…

Mary Jane Maffini – fiction takes my fancy

By Lauren Williams | June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Charlotte Adams, the amateur detective in a series of five novels by Mary Jane Maffini, is a highly accomplished Professional Organizer (for real: the tips in the books are, some of them, quite good and she has awesome “technique.”). She even belongs to my professional society NAPO (page 146, The Cluttered Corpse). She is otherwise…

Charity Choice Monday – Congregations for the Homeless – Real Change 11

By Lauren Williams | June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Created as an agency of the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council – Jews, Muslims, Catholics and Protestants – the Bellevue Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) overnight men’s shelter first opened its doors in 1993. That original accomplishment has been magnified manifold to include case management, job placement counseling and subsidized housing assistance. A complementary range…

Self-Punishment, and no crime

By Lauren Williams | May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some of my travels as I wear my Casual Uncluttering LLC hat* involve trips during which I meet potential clients for an hour or so, in the space(s) we’ll be working, before we decide to partner. A visit is one of my tools for confirming that I’ll bring the right skills and resources to a…

Charity Choice Monday – The Bridge Care Center – Real Change 10

By Lauren Williams | May 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Bridge Care Center, a Quest Church ministry, is another drop-in day center which understands that limiting its services to a particular neighborhood – Ballard – restores community. And it has broad support from an impressive number of partners, from other houses of worship to Top Pot Doughnuts.   The Center provides case management, a…

Memorial Day

By Lauren Williams | May 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Memorial Day allows Americans to honor and mourn our fallen military personnel. Veterans Day encourages Americans to express admiration, respect and gratitude to our living service members. I celebrate Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). CCI pairs assistance dogs with wounded veterans to offer those heroes increased independence and boundless emotional support. I am certain that…