“Dynamic, ever changing! That is the nature of the undertaking when Quixote Village opened up in 2013.” explained Tim Ransom, chair of the Board of Quixote Village. “And it has remained ever so.”
“Many of those residents… revealed in the Thriving Communities-Shelter 2014 video have since moved on. Some are here and Quixote Village is evolving to a home for people that are chronically homeless, but who do not need 24-hour oversight. “We collaborate with the many wonderful organizations that serve varying levels of homeless in this county. Our relationship with the local governmental and political groups remains solid. I think they are proud of Quixote Village. We have been asked for information and to present in over 30 communities around the world. And we are still learning… every day… and we share what we can.
“Our sense of accomplishment those few years ago that kept us in the ‘unique category’ was the development by the residents (many years prior to Quixote Village opening) of a governance process that allowed them to participate in management decisions. Because legalities and the dynamic aspect of the community (turnover) this became less evident (even challenging in some situations). Instead, a self-supporting community is growing here. And staff found that a workable opportunity. However, we are also beginning to infuse some of those earlier governance elements back into Quixote life.
“We continue to get those boosts of success; one resident has graduated from Evergreen College and is working on his masters. Several are going to community college, and one that earned her GED now has a job and is doing well. A few weeks ago we were able to take six residents to dig for razor clams…something many had never done before.
“Dynamic, ever changing and full of potential growth we are contemplating another Village in the future. The model which we have built has been successful and we are encouraged by the results.”
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