More than 200 energized community members gathered at the new Optimism Brewing Co. on Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday night, Nov. 17, for “All Home @ Optimism.”
The purpose of the evening — an “engage-raiser” for All Home — was to encourage residents, businesses, faith communities and more to get engaged and respond to the emergency of homelessness.
Guests sampled new brews and saw the debut of a beautiful new video by Hullabaloo about the way that everyday people in our region have used their creativity and caring to respond to the crisis.
We also heard from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, who urged us to keep up the pressure on local officials and advocate for more solutions to homelessness. Further inspiring us were the remarks by Rebekah Bastian of Zillow, Rex Hohlbein of Facing Homelessness and our former team member Graham Pruss of the new app WeCount.
Our project was pleased to participate by helping coordinate the action stations, where guests could learn how to “Speak Up,” “Share Your Time” and “Rent, Build or Hire,” as well as share their “Bright Ideas.” Our project assistants Lindsey Habenicht and Tiana Quitugua were there to help with registration and social media.
Lindsey also tried an epic surreptitious selfie with Mayor Murray, and it evolved into this lovely group shot.
Check out Lindsey’s report about the evening via Storify. We love Storify! If you tweeted about the evening, chances are you’re already part of this story. If you’re not, visit All Home to find out how you can join this caring community.