Skip Steffen, Executive Director, had a dream for many years to create an island of refuge in the sea of chaos that is life on the street. He envisioned a place where folks would be met with love and acceptance, but also a place where they were accountable for their sobriety and behaviors. This place would also act as a bridge to finding direction in their lives and the resources to begin that journey. The Mission’s tiny houses represent a culmination of that dream.
The tiny houses were being built as part of a New Market, Youth Build school project funded by the Lacey, Olympia, Gateway Rotary Clubs. The project was suddenly halted March 2020 because of the pandemic – school was closed, and the project stopped while only being partially completed.
The project needed a home and volunteers to help finish what had been started, so the City helped move six tiny homes onto the Mission property. Jack Olsen, a Mission board member, coordinated help to put the final touches on each house so they would be ready to be lived in.