Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.
Sunday, August 21
This week we’ll speak with Beto Yarce, the Executive Director of Ventures, a local non-profit that provides access to business training, capital, and coaching to empower entrepreneurs that have limited resources.
Joining the discussion is Sal Munoz, owner of Sal Floral Design. Sal took advantage of the opportunities to learn the business skills needed to make his business a success in Seattle.
Learn more online at www.venturesnonprofit.org
Sunday, August 14
Speaking with us this week are Killian Noe and David Uhl from Recovery Café in Seattle.
Recovery Café is not your typical social service agency; they run an actual café at 2022 Boren Avenue in downtown Seattle, but it is much more than that. It is a community of people recovering from their addictions and hard lives together…relying on each other with commitment and as Killian says “loving accountability.”
They have been successful enough over their 12 years that they are branching out with a Recovery Café Network.
Learn more about them online at www.recoverycafe.org and you can participate in raising money for them by having breakfast at their “Standing in the Gap” breakfast on September 22nd.
Sunday, August 7
It is Seafair weekend in Seattle once again and like all of Seattle, we turn our attention to boats racing on Lake Washington. Our guest in the studio is David Williams, the Executive Director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.
The Museum is not your typical museum that displays historical artifacts. David shares not only the stories of the drivers and boats of the past, but how those boats come to be restored to running condition by the museum. We also hear about their J-Hydro program run for kids 9 to 16 years of age. Children and their families learn traditional wooden boat building skills while building and rigging their own J-Hydro and race their boat in APBA sanctioned events.
Learn more online at www.thunderboats.org
Sunday, July 31
This week our guests are from The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., President of the Foundation Board Barbara Ross, Braille Literacy Instructor Andrew Stauffer, and Development & Communications Coordinator Kelly Wakefield.
The Lighthouse for the Blind is a private nonprofit that has been providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities in Seattle since 1918.
The unemployment rate in the blind community has been 70% for years and Lighthouse is proud to be the number one employer of blind people west of the Mississippi.
Their employees make aerospace parts, office products, and a myriad of other machined products for customers such as The Boeing Company, the Federal Government, the U.S. Navy, and Microsoft.
They are having a Summer Garden Party in their Ethel L. Dupar Fragrant Garden on Thursday, August 18th from 5 – 8 p.m. at their facility. 2501 South Plum Street in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle.
Learn more online at www.thelighthousefortheblindinc.org
Sunday, July 24
Our guest this week offers us a new perspective on how we approach homelessness in our community.
Rex Holbein is the Executive Director at Facing Homelessness. Rex and Facing Homelessness do not run their non-profit like others that are trying to end homelessness; instead of offering shelter beds or a soup kitchen, they are asking people to take action on a personal level. From something as simple as making eye contact with street person and saying hello, to directly giving them socks or a sleeping bag, or perhaps even inviting them into your home. Rex feels we need to move the place we look for answers to this complex problem from our heads to our hearts. He is an inspiring man to listen to and will definitely get you thinking.
Learn more on line at www.facinghomelessness.org or join their facebook community of more than 30,000.
Sunday, July 17
This week we talk about the need for more foster parents in our area with two Recruiter Liaisons from the non-profit group Fostering Together, Niki Hatzenbuehler and Erika Thompson.
Niki and Erika talk about the fact that there is only one licensed family for every three children in need of foster care. A diverse population of potential foster families are needed; including homes that can take up to three children, Native American families, Hispanic families, those willing to take medically fragile children, LGBT families, and those willing to take infant through 3 years old.
Learn more online at www.fosteringtogether.org