Stories are a powerful tool for advocacy. That’s why we were delighted to be the local coordinator for the project, “Finding Our Way: Puget Sound Stories About Family Homelessness.” The project tells the stories of families who have experienced homelessness recently or in their distant past — in their own words, as told to one another, or to a colleague or friend.
In summer 2014, we partnered with Catholic Community Services of Western Washington to collect stories in Tacoma, then moved to Snohomish and King counties to record with the YWCA Seattle ǀ King ǀ Snohomish. Additionally, StoryCorps producer Eve Claxton recorded stories throughout the region. In all, we collected nearly 100 stories. StoryCorps broadcasts weekly on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” to 11 million listeners; though we didn’t know if any of the stories from this project would be chosen for the weekly StoryCorps segment on NPR, we’re thrilled that three stories so far have aired nationally.
An additional nine stories aired in the summer of 2015 on KUOW and Puget Sound Public Radio. You can access all the stories on Firesteel.