Kacey Silvers had been anxiously waiting for the playground equipment to be installed at the transitional housing facility she moved into...
Kacey Silvers had been anxiously waiting for the playground equipment to be installed at the transitional housing facility she moved into in August.
Hers was a simple wish: a place where her active toddler son could play with other kids while she watched nearby.
Last weekend Silvers returned home to find her wish had come true: Soon her 2 ½-year-old son Tristin would be playing on swings and slides donated by the Redmond Rotary Club.
“This is beyond our expectations,” Silvers said. “My son is like, ‘Mommy, I want to go play.’ ”
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Twenty-nine students from Overlake School spent yesterday spreading wood chips around newly installed playground equipment at Avondale Park, a transitional housing facility for homeless families that is run by Springboard Alliance, a nonprofit foundation in Redmond.
On Saturday, club members assembled four sets of playground equipment, including swings, slides, forts and monkey bars, for Avondale Park residents to use. The club donated the equipment and the landscaping materials, totaling about $35,000, said Kim Loveall Price, who is president of the club and executive director of Springboard Alliance.
About 60 children now live at Avondale Park with their parents, Loveall Price said.
“Now, residents will be able to sit outside and have a barbecue. It’s also about giving residents community-building space,” Loveall Price said.
Springboard Alliance is a nonprofit foundation that helps homeless families get back on their feet by giving them access to housing, job assistance and counseling. The facility resembles an upscale apartment complex, painted in green, brown and beige and trimmed in deep red and cream.
Some students from Overlake School, a college-prep school in Redmond, began volunteering regularly at the facility last summer.
Some students, like Brett Riese, 18, said they plan to continue volunteering even after they graduate.
“I’ll definitely come back, it’s become a meeting place for my friends,” Riese said. “It will be nice to drive by a couple months from now and see kids playing here.”
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